Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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POLUKO - Jun 25, 2009 3:11 am Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2009

Lots of fun  Sucess!

Perfect weather and a great hike. I love this range.


Moogie737 - Jun 24, 2009 12:31 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2009

Mountaineers Route/Main Trail  Sucess!

With Brent, Andrew Ashcraft (our guide) & Nathan Box. Cloudless skies, excellent snow. 4+40 to Iceberg Lake - it was frozen solid. 7+16 total to summit which we had to ourselves the entire 1+ hour there! Took the normal trail down (5+15) but won't do that again. :) Loved the MR. Thanks to Andrew for his expertise. 2nd time at summit on 6-27-10, this time via the normal route (what did I say earlier about not using the normal route down ever again?). Beautiful day with cloudless skies and light breezes. On top with Brent, Todd, Zig, Barb, Benjamin and Kerri. 6+28 up, 5+28 down. #3 6-23-11 W/ Joe & Brent via Main Trail - attempted MR but high stream flows torpedoed the effort. Still much snow on normal trail - no switchbacks available at all! #4 6-22-12 A grand total of 25 feet of trail snow about 10 minutes before reaching the summit. 6+40 up, 6+02 down. Thanks to Steve, Robbie und Gustav and their unique "YZ" attitude. Please don't ask me to explain what that means! :). #5. 6-19-14. W/ Brent, Dave & Greg Clark. Beautiful day. 14+06 r/t. Oh IVD sehr.


JHH60 - Jun 23, 2009 12:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2004

Main Trail  Sucess!

Hiked the main trail in a day trip (13 hrs).


skyward22 - Jun 21, 2009 2:10 am Date Climbed: May 16, 2009

east buttress  Sucess!

Summitted with Diggler after a long day of climbing. Classic route. Dirk led the route in his Nepals boots; way to go.


SundanceKid203 - Jun 11, 2009 6:44 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009


Got to within 400 vertical of the summit. Snow conditions were brutal and weather unpredictable. Created own boot path from Outpost Camp on. Awesome climb, coming back to knock it off hopefully soon.


renaistre - May 25, 2009 5:33 pm Date Climbed: May 23, 2009

If at first...  Sucess!

My first attempt in April 2006 failed. Second time was the charm. It snowed about an inch the night before, so the trail above Trail Crest was insanely beautiful.


RobertSydnor - May 20, 2009 2:37 am Date Climbed: Aug 3, 1960

1960 My First Fourteener  Sucess!

I was just 13 years old when I first climbed Mount Whitney with my father, Thurston Edward Sydnor, my 15-year old sister, Mary Margaret Sydnor, and my 11-year old brother, William Edward Sydnor. We hiked from Whitney Portal to Mirror Lake, ate supper, then hiked in the early evening to Trail Encampment where we spent the cold night. We were naive but bold, and climbed the trail to the summit without any difficulty. Our cocker spaniel dog, Penny, loyally made the ascent with us. There were no trail permits in 1960; you just hiked the trail to the summit.


VermontMike - May 15, 2009 9:23 pm Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2008

First 14er!  Sucess!

What a great hike! I added this hike (main trail from Whitney Portal) to a long road trip on a whim, as the weather was great and permits readily available. A long day-hike but well worth it! My first time experiencing the loopy feeling at high altitude :) I don't want to see how busy the trail is during peak season . . . it was busy enough at the end of October!


Lenny72 - May 3, 2009 4:27 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2008

Success on 2nd Attempt!!!  Sucess!

Was turned back by weather and very deep snow just three weeks before but this time spelled Victory!!! Awesome climb, awesome scenery. A month later I was standing on the summit of Mt. Rainier.


thholder - Apr 28, 2009 4:37 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008

MMWT  Sucess!

3x dayhike from portal


Hotoven - Apr 16, 2009 1:15 am Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008

Long Day Hike  Sucess!

13 hour day hike. Saw a Bear in the morning while getting ready with breakfast. Fun hike, great view, and perfect weather!


jspeigl - Apr 16, 2009 12:15 am Date Climbed: Apr 5, 2009

Whitney, finally  Sucess!

I'd been planning a winter ascent of the mountaineer's route since the fall before. On the first attempt in February I was turned back by a storm. I cancelled the next planned trip in March due to another storm. Finally, during a perfect 2 day weather window I did it. It was my first ascent of Whitney.

Ken Dammen

Ken Dammen - Apr 14, 2009 12:38 pm Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2008

Mountaineers Route  Sucess!

Andy and I climbs Whitneys MR for the first time. Camped at Iceberg lake which was frozen over. Watched as four climbers were stranded overnight on the main face of Whitney. We talked to them at the top and they said their leader underestimated the climb time. Four dudes with one space blanket roped up on the side of a mountain...= very long cold night. Great climb would highly recommend.


junoiceclimber - Apr 13, 2009 6:47 pm Date Climbed: Apr 8, 1996

Naked Summit  Sucess!

Soloed the dog route in deep spring snow up the left side snow chute, bipassing the switchbacks to the south. The summit experience is one of great reward. If a person is on top and over four feet tall, their elevation is over 14,500 at eye level!! I would like to climb one of the 5.8 rock routes next time.


scottmitch - Apr 5, 2009 9:21 pm Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2009

MR  Sucess!

great climb


deungsan - Mar 28, 2009 6:40 pm Date Climbed: May 24, 2007

summit again  Sucess!

second time on top. Alone this time.


oso1212 - Mar 21, 2009 7:03 pm Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2009

Whitney Traverse  Sucess!

Ascended Mountaineer's Route. Bivy'ed on top and descended main trail. Worst night sleep in my recent memory.


oso1212 - Mar 24, 2009 2:46 pm

Re: Whitney Traverse

Yes, that was me carrying the steep-and-cheap special sleeping pad up the mountain. It paid off because that was the only comfortable thing about that night.


peakmind - Mar 21, 2009 12:30 am Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2001

A Long Walk on Good Trails  Sucess!

It was nice to bag the summit. Hardly any people on the mountain.


recast - Mar 14, 2009 7:18 pm Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2009

A Very Educational Climb

Didn't make the summit but my buddy Dave and I learned some valuable mountaineering lessons. First morning at Lower Boyscout we found that our stove wouldn't work in that cold so we had no access to water. We ran into two fellow climbers, Robb and Gareth, that were really amazing and provided us with water and some great advice for us novices. Thanks guys, you really saved our trip! Next winter Dave and I plan to give the summit another go, but this time with the proper preparation.

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