Alone on Easter Weekend! What are the chances of that! This was our first CA 14er, and one of the best. Whitney in the summer on the trail is a drag. Way too many people. This is one place on God's Green Earth where having a quota is actually a good idea. Conditions were at their spring best. Windy at the notch at the end of the coulior, and way too icy to traverse to less steep ground, so we we climbed straight up from the notch. This was fun 'cause it was steeper than what we planned for, yet still doable. We couldn't believe we were alone on the summit. That will probably never happen again.
Very classic. Started at 5:00 AM before the crowd got wild. You can start about anywhere from the Second Tower and turn it into an adventure. We had some fun after the third pitch and went way right, out into No-Man's Land. Good exposure looking down into the Mountaineer's Route. Found some fun scampering up 5.8/5.9 cracks (old pins stamped TMH...I'm assuming these were T.M. Herbert's) and a few faded fixed lines from seasons past dangling down into the M.R. Summitted at 9:00 AM. Took a good sized nap till 11:00 then hiked over to Mt. Russell for some more abuse.....
So close I could taste it! This route takes on a whole new challange during the winter. I made it to the notch at 14,000 foot before turning back. The wind was incredible! 80+ mph gusts that literally could blow a climber off the mountain. Several times I found myself dropping to the ground, plunging my axe as deep as I could get it to keep from being blown down the gully. This was my second attempt this winter. Except for the wind high on the mountain the weather was awesome. What an incredible place to be during the winter!!!
Climbed the peak on a good weather day in 2:24 and walked down. Third time to the top.
Turned back just below lower boyscout lake. Very nice weather.......clear.....cold.....no wind. Lots of new snow. Snow shoes a must. I broke one of my ski poles and the rivits in one of my snowshoes broke making it impossible to use. My partner continued on. He met up with a guided group led by Kurt Wedberg and hopefully will summit tommorow.
Summated at the finish of an endurance run, badwater, by the grace of GOD late in the evening as it got dark, it was very windy and cold. Beautiful summit.
A friend and I turned around and started down but I had been up for over 2 days and was falling asleep on my feet in the dark along the '99 switchbacks so we slept in the freezing cold till we could go on, got down to the trailhead at the portals as the sun came up. Praise GOD!
Hiked/climbed Mt Whitney four times now. The first three times were one-day trips via the Mt Whitney trail (08/1997, 07/1998 and 08/1998). The last time I did it was via an ascent of the Mountaineer's Route, with a descent of the Mt Whitney Trail (07/1999). The last trip was an overnighter (where we stayed at Iceberg Lake). Each Mt Whitney experience I have had can be summarized in just two words: Simply Fantastic!!!
Great trip! I went with 2 friends and we had a great time, the mountaineer's route is pristine. Other climbers we met were a pleasure to talk with. The toilet on the top was pretty funny to see.
The one thing that I can remember the most was there were 2 guys smoking and had to stop at each switchback to take a puff. I don't think they made it to the summit. Don't remember seeing them there.
Enjoyed each trip up Whitney, but I favor the Mountaineers Route for its solitude, a bit more scenic, & it's a little more than just one foot in front of the other.
Second time up Whitney, last time in 1991. The weather was terrible, and snowed on the summit in July (see accompanying photo). Not wanting to do the switchbacks, we glissaded from Trail Crest nearly all the way down to Trail Camp.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
one day ascent 12hrs round trip.
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.
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!
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!