Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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Labranche - Oct 9, 2009 5:27 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2008

Spring Ascent Mountaineer's Route  Sucess!

After crossing the Mojave Desert on my bicycle, climbing Mt Whitney was a superb experience. Thanks to SummitPost for the detailed information on the mountaineer's route.


mtldrinst - Sep 30, 2009 10:38 am

Military Climb  Sucess!

Two winter ascents on Whitney in 96 and 97. Summited in 97


sardude - Sep 23, 2009 7:00 pm

did it  Sucess!

trail, backside, E. face.


Mlasky - Sep 22, 2009 9:33 pm Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2002

Summit & Proposal  Sucess!

It was a fun summit. Not technical...just to do it. Was proposed to on the summit. Glissaded down the snow pack instead of taking the switchbacks. Spent the night in a way too warm Death Valley hotel. The next morning went to THE low point in Death Valley and got buzzed by a fighter jet in the canyon on the way home.


cdewhurst - Sep 21, 2009 5:09 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2008

cdewhurst  Sucess!

Second time summiting. First was a four day trip from Shepards Pass in '04. This time a day hike starting at 3:30 and finishing just before 5. Took an hour side trip to do Muir. Lots of people on the trail and on top. was offered a tequila shot from another group but stomach said no...


CWessels - Sep 21, 2009 2:59 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2008

Muir Trail Finish  Sucess!

A rousing finish to my adventure on the Muir Trail, which began at Happy Isles on 9/12/08. What a day! What a trip!

Climber Dave

Climber Dave - Sep 20, 2009 1:52 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2009

Via the MR  Sucess!

Finally got a permit and a chance to check out the MR. Awesome views of some impressive peaks in the area. Will have to come back to do again or maybe the EB?

Nice Axe!

Nice Axe! - Sep 16, 2009 4:38 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2005

East Buttress (5.7)   Sucess!

From high camp at Iceberg Lake (appropriately named). Rock was very cold the first several pitches, my fingers were numb. Super fun climb nonetheless and gorgeous views. Descent via the Mountaineer's Route.


thexcat - Sep 16, 2009 3:12 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2009

Up mtnrs route down main trail  Sucess!

Left at 4:45am with Bill, Emily, Robert, Chris returned around 4pm. Group separated mid-way and I ended up summiting and descending w Bill&Emily. Stayed to right of chute before notch to avoid the loose stuff. Last 200-300 ft was fun class 3. Hike down the main trail was nice but uneventful, too many people on the main trail for my taste! Didn't attempt Muir as weather was looking bad (hail+light snow at summit). All in all, great day. Drive home to bay afterwards was pain.


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

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