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 http://www.willhiteweb.com/state_highpoint/california/mount_whitney_126.htm
via the mountaineers route. no one on top @ 0700, sweet!
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!
Nice easy overnight with camp at Trail Camp.
Took the MR on the way up and came down on the highway to avoid sketchy snow in the notch.
One of first ascents, and it was one heck of an adventure. It was windy, and snowing. Can't wait to come back again!
lots of snow on ledges. loose stuff everywhere. only party on route. went down MR.
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
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
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.
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!
Perfect weather and a great hike. I love this range.
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.
Hiked the main trail in a day trip (13 hrs).
Summitted with Diggler after a long day of climbing. Classic route. Dirk led the route in his Nepals boots; way to go.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.