Blue skies, sweet overnight site, and a slice of heaven.
My first 14er and first state highpoint. Climbed from the west at the end of a 2 week backpacking trip on the JMT. Age 7.
Climbed again 40 years later on 8/29/2014 after a 2 week backpacking trip on the JMT.
My favorite hike without snow! My highest climb but the altitude didn't affect me much. Hiked via Whitney Portal and had planned a 1 day out-and-back though had setup a tent at Outpost Camp in case we decided to stay which we ended up having to as we assisted a 'tourist' hiker who was feeling the effects of the altitude and had become seperated from his group and was near-incoherent. So we helped him a good ways down in the dark as he had no light and put him up in our tent with some tea and soup. Great hike and helped someone in the process.
I went on a hike to Mount Whitney which is the highest summit in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet. We left at around 4:00 AM and returned 13.5 hours later. I was not able to take pictures of Elephant Ear or the Ledges because it was too dark when we ascended that section. We took the mountaineers route up, and the main trail back down. The hike featured class 3 & 4 climbing on the way up which took us about 8 hours. A hail storm came in on our way down the main trail so I could not take pictures for a couple of hours as I was protecting myself and my camera from the 1/4 inch sleet which was followed by rain. I estimate the total distance to be 21-22 miles round trip with an elevation gain of just under 5,900 feet. Amazing Day!!!!!
got a day permit and no much acclimatization... took it easy in 16h !!
Reached summit at 2 pm, and continued on to Keeler Needle. One day ascent from Whitney Portal.
Twice this year via Mountaineers Route, some time ago 3 times via E face, I really don't remember what years, but now I'm too old for that I think.
We woke up early and left Upper Crabtree Meadows by 3:00 AM with headlamps cutting through the dark morning air. We spent nearly two hours on the summit enjoying the views and refueling before returning to Crabtree for another night of camping. Partners: The Crusty Bag-ettes.
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!
Switchbacks covered, actually felt like I was doing something other than class 1. good fun.
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.