Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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kaine7 - Aug 1, 2009 12:18 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2009

Awesome Trip  Sucess!

We hauled our gear up to trail camp, set up, and made the summit push the next day. All went well, except sunscreen wore off on the way back and I ended up matching my orange shirt. It was an awesome climb!


WML - Jul 30, 2009 1:34 am Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2009

Good hike  Sucess!

Switchbacks covered, actually felt like I was doing something other than class 1. good fun.


ericwillhite - Jul 24, 2009 3:10 am Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2007

Sleepless in California  Sucess!

Arrived at trailhead late and got little sleep in my truck as everyone was heading up at all hours of the morning. If I'm already excited to climb, how am I to deal with that! Great trip, pictures and report at


SJ - Jul 21, 2009 5:51 pm Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2009

Birthday Present...  Sucess!

via the mountaineers route. no one on top @ 0700, sweet!


Bascuela - Jul 18, 2009 1:51 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2009

1st time up!  Sucess!

Climbed with my sister. She kept an awesome pace up the trail! – Thanks!! Plan to climb all of CA’s fourteeners. Figured I’d start with the easiest and highest. One down!


rlawson - Jul 14, 2009 3:50 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2009

Main Trail  Sucess!

Nice easy overnight with camp at Trail Camp.


iditarod81 - Jul 13, 2009 2:34 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2009

Mountaineer's Route.  Sucess!

Took the MR on the way up and came down on the highway to avoid sketchy snow in the notch.


Robb - Jul 10, 2009 1:55 pm Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2000

So this is a 14er!  Sucess!

One of first ascents, and it was one heck of an adventure. It was windy, and snowing. Can't wait to come back again!


Groundswell - Jul 8, 2009 4:15 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2009

East Face  Sucess!

lots of snow on ledges. loose stuff everywhere. only party on route. went down MR.


rlshattuck - Jul 6, 2009 7:37 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2008

NIce way to end the JMT  Sucess!

I can only claim the standard trail, as I am still waiting for someone with experience, like Diggler, to invite me to come along. Otherwise my first summit was a nine-year old and my most recent has been all eight of my south bound JMT's. I've slept up top seven times and . . . a few more weeks and I'll tick off #9


Vinny - Jul 2, 2009 7:19 pm

first climb as anew dad- east butt  Sucess!

good times with MArty. had to do it in a long push due to no permits available and not planning ahead. gotta love the Sierras


cjrandall - Jul 1, 2009 7:06 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2007

Brought the buddies with me!  Sucess!

Fourth day of a four-day backpack trip that started on the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead out of Horseshoe Meadow. Up at 3am from campsite on tarns above Guitar Lake, long slog up the west-side JMT switchbacks, summit and descent to Whitney Portal car shuttle all in one day, one VERY LONG DAY! Awesome second summit, exactly one year to the day from my first summit.


steve_hiebert - Jul 1, 2009 4:03 pm Date Climbed: May 25, 2009

An 8th Time up Whitney  Sucess!

My buddy and I picked up a couple of the many unused day-use permits the afternoon before and were able to enjoy an unplanned hike of the Whitney Trail. Weather conditions were nice in the morning and deteriorated in the afternoon, fortunately mostly after we were back at the car. There were a few sections of ice around the cables on the switchbacks, requiring some care. On descent, we made quick time by glissading relatively soft snow the chute that drops down from Trail Crest. Overall, great day!


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.

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