Great route. Missed the fresh air but found a nice 5.8 crack instead. Looooong approach hike!
It was an Awesome trip.
Made it to the summit, hard time on the ledges, challenging for a novice like me.
Climbed w/ my good friend Bill ... and his friend Gary. We came up from the Whitney Portal that morning around 7 AM and made it to Trail Camp pretty quick. After lunch decided to go for summit instead of waiting until 2 AM. After 97-ish switchbacks ... made it to Trail Crest at around 13,600 ft. We crossed by the "windows" and I got sick ... bad headach, dizzy, and sick to my stomach ... my 1st experience w/ AMS. I decided to head down 500 vertical feet from summit. Bill & Gary went on to summit. It was cold & windy. Made it back down to trail camp just before the sun went down. Bill & Gary made it down about 1 hour after the sun went down. I will go back. Great climb & experience though. Note: about 2 hours up the switchback & 1.5 hours from Trail Crest to Summit.
I climbed Mt. Whitney with a good friend / fellow guide on June 27th this year. It was a great trip with some excellent views as the sun rose. Good time despite the heavy traffic.
2011 update: I climbed the east buttress route in late june. Good prep for Mt. Russell.
Climbed this mountain after having my first shot ripped out from under me by an unethical former climbing partner. This was a great climb with beautiful scenery and lots of great people to meet along the way. Next time, we'll climb a different route to shake things up a bit.
Came up from Guitar Lake off of John Muir Trail. We wanted to climb Langley as well, but we were already behind schedule one day. Ended up coming out at Whitney Portal, with our car still at Horeshoe.
Mountaineers route one more time! #5 Down the main trail to tag Muir.
Started the hike at 6am and finished at 7pm after a swim in Lone Pine Lake. Met a bear on the trail - he passed me coming down into the campground, and I watched as he strolled over to the nearest jeep, popped open the unguarded cooler in the back and proceeded to have breakfast. Second time was done in 2002.
The hardest part was finding time to get out there.
Started at 3AM from the Whitney Portal trailhead. Took the Whitney Trail route and arrived on the peak at around 11AM. Perfect weather and no mishaps. Climbed Muir on the way down.
Little bro got sick and didn't make it up, bummer. Overall, great time with some good friends. Pizza factory was kinda a pain in the ___ cuz of some crazy kids running around, and they take forever, but the pizza was my savior, as was the hostel shower... Done.
Left at 10pm with some buddies. Awesome ascent but on the way down it seemed that some rascal added an extra 5 miles or so...damn flat switchbacks! Didn't remember them on the way up in the dark.
A great dayhike on the main trail under full moon illumination. Summited at sunrise.
Did this hike 3 times in the 90's all up the Portal trail, although one time the 98 switchbacks were covered with snow so we had to go straight up. Would like to try the Mountaineers Route some day and also climb Muir.
I have done the tourist route twice (Also, July 25, 2008) as day hikes. It was fun the first time, but I was kind of bored with it the second time around since the views had been burned into my head from the year before. It is respectable mountain for its height. Although I may try another route someday to the top there is just too much of the Eastern Sierra that I would rather spend time climbing.
Climbed on the Russell-Whitney-Muir loop. Nice route, and not too hard to find on the way up.
Camped on the top for 3 nights before going to AK. Should have brought some non-climbing magazines.
East Face (III 5.7) -- August 28, 2008 -- Jeff Bance and I climbed this classic route from a camp at Iceberg Lake. The climbing took us 4.5 hours with a fair bit of simul-climbing. Routefinding was straightforward with the SuperTopo. We enjoyed a few minutes on the summit, but were quickly recruited for a rescue of some hikers off-route on 5th class terrain from the Mountaineer's Route. It took about 2 hours to extract the stranded hiker from a ledge about 200 ft below the summit. The ranger was appreciative and his berating of the knuckleheads after the fact was good entertainment.
East Buttress (III 5.7) -- August 13, 2009 -- Went back with Mary to do this route. We took it slow and easy, camping at Lower Boy Scout Lake and then at Iceberg Lake before climbing the route. We had excellent weather the whole time and the climbing on the route was excellent. We met some interesting characters on the summit and saw a knucklehead off-route on the descent, giving me flashbacks to the year before. Took us 5 hours to climb the route and 2 hours to descend back to Iceberg Lake.