Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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hol571 - Sep 16, 2009 2:06 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009

Main Trail  Sucess!

cold and windy on the summit. Overnighted at trail camp, then summited and decended for pizza and beer in lone pine


imike - Sep 14, 2009 3:34 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009

Great day  Sucess!

full moon made the trip up easy with a 3:30am departure... hit the peak 5.5 hours later. Noticed everyone but us using trekking poles and, honestly, unless you already have bad knees, I think they simply were making everyone work harder than was necessary. The trail is too smooth to bother with poles for a dayhike. Also, I appeared the day trekkers were having more fun; the backpackers all had a tired and worn look to them. I know everyone wants to try to aclimate, but we hiked in Death Valley the day before instead, hitting that 282' below sea level point, and had no problem with the altitude. I think the greater issue is the training done in the months leading into the hike. A steady or reserved pace with plenty of food and water breaks should get everyone to the top. Great day... spent an hour on top (bit windy and cold) then four hours down the hill... celebrating with beer and burger at Portal store. One of my 60th year events!!

Desert Solitaire

Desert Solitaire - Sep 13, 2009 5:24 pm Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2009

E Buttress Car to Car  Sucess!

Climbed the E. Buttress Car to Car. 14 hrs RT. Snowfall and light thunderstorms on the route.


hgrapid - Sep 8, 2009 9:39 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2009

Good weather  Sucess!

It was a good weather day on Whitney. I made it up in 6 hours 45 minutes. The way down was very hard; the way up felt pretty good except for the last couple miles where I really felt the altitude.


cheetah262 - Sep 6, 2009 7:14 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009

Great day  Sucess!

Beautiful views, fun trail! Full moon start was time, including an hour on the summit, was just under 11 hours.


rmick25 - Sep 3, 2009 8:06 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2009

End of a long journey  Sucess!

An interesting end to an epic journey on the John Muir Trail. The sheer amount of people was a little shocking as was seeing one man crap on the side of the trail and finding a big pile of human excrement in the middle of the trail. Views and company fortunately evened things out.


rocky29oct - Aug 31, 2009 2:57 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2006

Mountaineers Route  Sucess!

It was a an awesome climb along with beautiful weather.
I didnt know where to sign the climbers log. but just found out through one of the forums comments.

We had some mismanaged planning but at the end it worked out well.


fedak - Aug 31, 2009 2:14 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2009

Main Trail  Sucess!

*Slow* 18hr trip up the main trail escorting some friends.
Tagged Day Needle on the descent. Nice warm clear summer day.

Pics are here.


cab - Aug 31, 2009 10:51 am Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2008

Main Trail with Mt. Muir  Sucess!

Hiked via the main trail for the 8th or 9th time since I was a kid. Climbed Muir as a fun sidetrip for the first time as well.


dpryan999 - Aug 27, 2009 12:42 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009

Mountaineers Route

Excellent 3-day trip up via the Mountaineers' Route guided by SMI.


harryquach - Aug 26, 2009 11:21 am Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2001

Dayhike  Sucess!

Hiked the trail 15.5 hours


scotthsu - Aug 25, 2009 3:24 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2005

East Buttress  Sucess!

Amazing route and amazing approach. We descended via the Mountaineer's Route back to our high camp at Iceberg Lake.


missymtngirl - Aug 20, 2009 8:48 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2008

As Slow as a Snail.....but Succeeded Nonetheless  Sucess!

Blue skies, sweet overnight site, and a slice of heaven.


spence - Aug 19, 2009 2:59 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 1974

From the west  Sucess!

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.


Deltakyp - Aug 15, 2009 10:59 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2006

Day trip w/ a detour  Sucess!

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.


KVHiker - Aug 13, 2009 1:38 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2008

Mountaineers Route Up Main Trail Down  Sucess!

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!!!!!



Ario - Aug 13, 2009 3:24 am Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2004

Whitney Trail  Sucess!

got a day permit and no much acclimatization... took it easy in 16h !!


WyoNative - Aug 12, 2009 11:42 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2009

Trail Crest Route  Sucess!

Reached summit at 2 pm, and continued on to Keeler Needle. One day ascent from Whitney Portal.


oliverkalt - Aug 7, 2009 2:46 am Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2007

One more time  Sucess!

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.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Aug 2, 2009 11:17 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2009

From Crabtree Meadows  Sucess!

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.

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