Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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Paul Burkholder

Paul Burkholder - Oct 25, 2001 2:31 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 9/20/99  Sucess!

The crux was finding the trail head in the dark. After several rounds through the parking lots, we discovered the trail was right next to our car. Later, the only people we saw on the summit said they were in the car parked next to us and they had the same problem finding the trail that we did.



The day started out very windy, but calmed down considerably by mid-morning and was beautiful on top. A long one-day walk, but well worth it!

UlrichPrinz

UlrichPrinz - Oct 25, 2001 12:48 pm

Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: 25 December 1999  Sucess!

I was solo and tried to find the Mountaineers route.

I got lost and had to return to the parking lot, so I started again and just

did the Trail up & down in the rest of that day instead. (Was quite tired at the end ;-)

It was beautiful wheather, sunny and nearly no snow.

Only 2 other people summited that day.

cornicehopper - Oct 15, 2001 12:46 am

Route Climbed: Mt. Whitney Trail Date Climbed: summer, 1994  Sucess!

I hiked it in one day wth my father, I was 11 years old. I heard a disturbing rumor that White Mountain Peak in Inyo National Forest might actually be taller; but is not posted as so to keep people from wanting to climb it. This is because it was a military high altitude research center and observatory. I think the University of California System owns it now. It is no way as beautiful as Whitney though.

Guilty

Guilty - Oct 10, 2001 11:03 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: 09-23-01  Sucess!

From car to car in 5:58 hours. Saw a couple of friends

on route who where video taping it. Practicing for next- year California 14'ers speed record. This was my 9th time on the summit.

tiogap

tiogap - Sep 2, 2001 10:24 am

Route Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: August, 1984  Sucess!

a fun route with a lot of third and fourth class. climbed Shaky Leg Crack(5.6)and not Fresh Air Traverse. Spent night at east face lake(aka Iceberg Lake). Climbed east face descended Mountaineer's Route, and out to cars second day.

tiogap

tiogap - Sep 2, 2001 10:18 am

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August, 1983  Sucess!

one day ascent 12hrs round trip.

Guilty

Guilty - Aug 24, 2001 2:51 pm

Route Climbed: Traverse from Mt. Russell Date Climbed: 08/18/01  Sucess!

I started at Lower Boy scout Lake, I wanted to start at the trailhead but it was to noisy, so me and friend hiked up to Lower Boy Scout Lake for a good night sleep. After sleeping in, we left at 9:45am and arrived at the summit of Russell at 12:15. After visiting with other climbers, Tom Hallendorf, and Larry, I left at 12:45 for Whitney. The north face of Whitney was tricky. It took longer than I thought.

I summit at 2:45 to a small crowd of 25 or so hikers.

I left for Muir at 3:00 and was at the summit at 3:45. I left at 4:15 and back-track to the Mountaineer's route. Was down at 6:45. Nine hours round-trip.

diveboy - Aug 21, 2001 4:26 pm

Route Climbed: Main Mt. Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 08/18/01  Sucess!

Will, Brent, Rube, Aron, Joe and I made the long drive from the bay area to take this long walk. We hung out at Whitney Portal for about 12 hours before our hike. The idea was to acclimate and catch a few z's before our planned 1:00 am departure. After a lively game of wiffle ball we kicked it in our camp site, but I don't think any of us got any sleep. I still highly recommend this to flatlanders like myself who may not be used to thin air. Great hike, perfect conditions and not too many people. The quota system works. Cocktails and beer in Lone Pine after the hike!

Mike

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Aug 17, 2001 12:51 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Whitney Trail Date Climbed: Aug. 12, 2001  Sucess!

Day 9 of 10 in the Sierra Emblem Challenge 2001. 6:45a start, 10:15a summit of Mt. Muir, 11:15a summit of Mt. Whitney. It was a gorgeous Sunday and there were folks all over the trail. I felt quite strong after 9 days of acclimatizing and climbing other peaks. Also managed to climb Keeler Needle, Crooks Peak, and Discovery Pinnacle on the way down. Excellent beers at the Portal at 5:50p!

Josh

Josh - Aug 8, 2001 5:05 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August 4, 2001  Sucess!

This was the tenth summit of my CA 14er speed climbing tour! Check out the trip report here.

Guilty

Guilty - Aug 2, 2001 10:29 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: January 1, 2001  Sucess!

Climbed up from Upper Boy Scout Lake to celebrate the New Year right! Took a video of the ascent. Not to much snow this year, I didn't use crampons, only a ice axe. But, very, very cold.

I also did this mountain in July 1987, 1989, and 1995.

Josh

Josh - Jul 12, 2001 3:46 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail (Traverse of Muir, Whitney, and Russell) Date Climbed: July 10, 2001  Sucess!

Did a single day car-to-car traverse of Muir, Whitney, and Russell -- the three 14ers in the area. The day before, it had rained and then snowed an inch or so at the higher elevations. This made for some icy Class 3 climbing to the top of Muir. After Muir, I continued over to Whitney, and arrived on top at about 7:30 am. Then I headed down the North Face of the Whitney. The North Face is supposed to be Class 2/3 climbing, but because all of the gullies were iced up (and I didn't have an ice-axe or crampons with me), I had to follow a Class 4/5 ridge down. After a while it became too icy there too, so I traversed over to the Mountaineer's Route and went down that for a while (very easy). Near the bottom of the Mountaineer's Route, I traversed north to the Whitney-Russell pass. Over the pass I went, then up eternal scree on the South Face of Russell to a short section of Class 3 rock. This brought me to Russell's summit ridge. Thunderstorms were quickly rolling in, so I surfed back down the South Face and back over the Whitney-Russell Pass. Then I began the HORRENDOUS descent along the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek in the pouring rain. I got back to my car at 2:30pm, giving me a car-to-car time of 11 hours. Don't ask me if I had a Whitney Zone Permit ;-)

Romain

Romain - Jun 20, 2001 10:22 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: August 8, 2000  Sucess!

Soloed the mountaineer's route. Pretty straightforward climb but very impressive views. Watch for ice on the rocks beyond the notch late in the season.

peak bagger

peak bagger - Jun 15, 2001 2:09 pm

Route Climbed: Main Mount Whitney Trail Date Climbed: June 12 and 13  Sucess!

We started on the 12th at 7am reach high camp at 11:23, set up camp took a nap. Left for summit at 6am switchbacks were still snowed in for the most part, so we climbed up the snow shoot to trail crest 13,777 ft. We summited at 9:30 am stayed on top for about a half hr, 23 degrees at the top, and windy, headed back at 10:07 and glissaded down the snow shoot we came up. We were back at high camp at 12 noon. packed up camp and head for the portals. Total trip took 11 hrs 34 min. You save alot of time going up the snow shoot. Snow was pretty icy at 6 am make sure you use crampons.

tbnelson

tbnelson - Apr 11, 2001 8:57 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August 3, 2000  Sucess!

Made the summit in about six hours via the trail. Total round trip in under 11 hours. We spent one night a 5000 feet at the Lone Pine Campground, did a day hike to Lone Pine Lake for acclimitization the next day and on the next morning made a 4:00 AM departure for the summit. Strenous 21 mile round trip hike.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Apr 5, 2001 1:01 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail both times Date Climbed: September 1963 and September 1992  Sucess!

I first climbed Whitney with my dad at age 16 in 1963. We camped part way up, and got an early start because we had to hike all the way up and out on summit day. I was sicker than a dog on the summit. And I was dead tired back at the car. For the '92 climb we started very early from Whitney Portal and did the round trip, getting back in mid-afternoon. I had started running two years before, so I felt great on the summit. Instead of being totally wasted back at the car, I jogged to the store to buy the "I hiked the big one in one day" T-shirt, or whatever it says. Running is by far the best thing I ever did for myself. I HIGHLY recommend it! One benefit is that I no longer feel sick at elevation.

peak bagger

peak bagger - Apr 2, 2001 4:55 pm

Route Climbed: Main Mount Whitney trail Date Climbed: June 16 and 17 2000  Sucess!

This was my first time climbing the mountain. There was still quite abit of snow, but no crampons were needed. Had a great time. I plan on going again in 2001, if I am lucky enough to draw a permit.



peak bagger

mdostby

mdostby - Mar 24, 2001 10:00 pm

Route Climbed: Mountianeers Route Date Climbed: various times  Sucess!

I've climbed the Mountaineers route twice and the normal route one time.

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