Hiked up the trail in '82 while backpacking the John Muir Trail. Climbed the East Face with long time climbing partner and friend John Pfeiffer in '85. Climbed East Face again in '86 with Bruce Hubbard.
Weather was great that day.
View from the ridge/JMT trail of Whitney and its adjoining ridge reminds me of a high wave coming from the west just about to break onto shore
1996 July 12: Whitney Trail. Reached windows north of Mount Muir before turning back due to lightning.
1997 July 30: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #1.
1997 August 02: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #2
1998 August 24: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #3
1998 August 27: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #4. Portal to summit in 4:11.
1999 August 17: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #5.
1999 August 19: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #6. Summit to Portal in 2:22.
1999 August 21: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #7. Portal to summit in 3:41.
2000 January 04: Whitney Trail. Went up as far as Trail Camp -- no winter snow yet.
2000 July 30: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #8.
2001 July 03: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #9.
2001 July 28: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #10.
2001 August 25: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #11.
2001 September 04: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #12.
2002 August 24: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #13.
2002 September 04: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #14.
2003 August 14: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #15.
2003 August 16: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #16.
2004 September 18: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #17.
2005 July 17: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #18.
2006 July 15: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #19.
2009 August 11: Whitney Trail. Whitney summit #20.
2010 August 29: Mountaineer's Route, thanks to Rick Kent. Whitney summit #21.
My first time on Whitney - this is really just a hike, but the weather was great, there was still a lot of snow and we went with friends I have not seen in a couple of years - perfect.
Much less snow that the year before - I was lugging snowshoes and have not used them at all! Otherwise great time, sunny on Nov 27, 2003 on the approach to Iceberg Lake. Cloudy and windy on Nov 28. The last part from the notch to the summit was more exposed than I thought - but not really technical. It was just me on the mountain - had a blast!
Reached summit at 4-5 pm .Cold and windy on top.Descended via western slope traverse to notch then down MR.Beer and burgers next day, onward to Death Valley.
Fantastic trip. Had to unexpectedly solo. No problem. Fought altitude camping at Trail Camp. Forced myself to continue next morning. Well worth it. Came down with Big Mountain Fever.
Great fun, first 14+ for me. Left the cars @2AM got back at 2PM and had an hour or so of napping at the summit
Great weather up and down
One day climb to the summit and back. This was my second attempt. It was great to finally reach the summit of a 14er, I have been turned around by weather on several others. Maybe I should quit going in the winter, Nah that's when all the fun is!
On my way from Salt Lake City to Berkeley to begin graduate work in Geography, I drove my 1948 Chrysler Windsor across Nevada and then southwest around the southern end of the Sierra Nevada. I slept in the car at Whitney Portal before starting up the trail long before dawn. I recall that there were many hikers on the trail including a woman in her eighties that did the climb every year. The way up seemed endless and I was glad to reach the crowded summit in order to take pictures and get back to the car before dark. After having climbed numerous mountains including the Matterhorn, Grand Teton, Popocatepetl, Orizaba, Mont Blanc, Mount Rainier and Huayna Potosi, I did easy Mount Whitney simply because it is the highest point in the conterminous US. Oh hum!
We (Arnie, Veronica, Chip and I) made a three day odyssey from Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead through Miter Basin, over Crabtree Pass and up the southwest side of Discovery Pinnacle to the Mt. Whitney Trail and then to the summit (and then to the Portal). The sand slog up the southwest side of Discovery Pinnacle was enough to make you want to cry.
Left WP at 430am, made top by 10am, and down by 1pm. Feet and knees too battered to run on downhill leg. Lets of folks walking up--nice to see people out enjoying their mountain (pre-trail quota days).
A great Fall day. Up the MR and down the main trail. Uncrowded by Whitney standards and nearly perfect weather and trail conditions.
Had a nice two day trip, day one to Trail Camp, day two up and down. Fantastic weather, no snow or ice on the trail (except a tiny easily avoidable patch on the 99 in the wired section). Only downer... no paragliding trip down from the summit! :)
Took a late season hike from Cottonwood Lakes over New Army Pass into Rock Creek basin. Great secluded place in late season. Took cross country route through basin, over Crabtree Pass and up endless scree south of Trail Crest.
Weather was highly variable fall weather - mostly sunny, windy, and cool the first day - gray, cold, and snowing the next day - then clear, mild and light wind on summit day.
Over the past 30 years I've been priviledged to hike up and down this peak with climbing partners, with my Wife (before and after we were married), with my kids as they grew up, with out of state guests who came to "see" California and by myself. Although I've been stormed on occasionally, it has always been a Mountain of Peace for me, especially when my job in healthcare gets too overwhelming. There has always been "Power on the Mountain", Power to re-charge my batteries; both Emotionally and Spiritually. If You are thinking about taking the one or two or three day hike up and down, I encourage you to do it !! If you do find the summit, its Great. If you succeed in finding yourself, its even better !!!! Now I'm 50 and the mountain is getting taller and the air is getting thinner, but I'm sure that I've NOT seen my last trip up Whitney, yet.
Very encouraging..love hiking and been hiking Modjeska Peak and Burbank. My husband scheduled to climb August 2010.His first time to climb at Mount Whitney.Unfortunately my husband wont allow me to climb with him and the group for safety reason. May I ask majority whats the inclination going up? Now I am training myself so I can make it with him next time. Love to see the beauty of nature and enjoy the beauty Of Jehovah God creation.
Second time up mountain, first time in a day. I swore I would not do this mountain again for the second time while going up the 99 switchbacks. On the way down the switchback I was already thinking of coming back next week to do the Mountaineer's Route in a day. See my posting "Day Hike up the Main Whitney Trail " for more info about this day hike.
Dayhiked mountaineers route and bagged Muir on the way down the main trail. Definitely one of the more scenic climbs that I've done!