Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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Domtron - Oct 12, 2022 6:22 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2017

Fell Off the Mountain

Okay, I didn't fall off the mountain but my friend did. He slid down the ice chute which iced over the switchbacks. He's alive but thought he would die and broke his hand. So, we didn't summit.


reedochalek - Sep 16, 2022 5:44 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2022

Finished the JMT  Sucess!

211 miles all done now,

T. White

T. White - Aug 8, 2022 11:43 am Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2022

Whitney Trail

Started at 5AM from Portal but should have left at midnight... AMS slowed my ascent and by the time I was a mile from the summit, dangerous clouds swooped in. What a bummer!

Reuben Shams Parker

Reuben Shams Parker - Jul 10, 2022 9:16 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2022

Solo - Mountaineer's Route  Sucess!

Started at the portal at 4am. Meant to camp at Iceberg Lake, but got there at noon, so summited on day one. I LOVED the Final 400; totally in my element. Lot of loose rock in the gully and what little snow there was made my ice axe and crampons useless. Too warm and thin.
Took the trail back. Camped at trail camp and did the final 8 miles at dawn.
Overall, the hardest solo yet, but the future will bring more! Everything went exactly as planned after a year of obsessive planning. All of it was needed and worth it.


reedochalek - Jul 2, 2022 12:52 pm Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2022

Great Weather  Sucess!

Fun trip, took the chute up.


Tho88mca - Jun 24, 2022 4:40 am Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2008

1st highpoint  Sucess!

Incredible hike with great friends. Perfect weather in early October of 2008.

Gimli160 - Jun 19, 2022 7:20 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2019

Golden trout wilderness to Whitney  Sucess!

Over eight days hiked approximately 80 miles to Mt Whitney.


MooTheCow - Jun 3, 2022 11:09 am Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2020

22 miles in a day  Sucess!

This was a looong day hike. Almost 12 hours to go up, 10 hours to get back to the portal, and around 15 minutes at the top. Would have spent a bit longer at the summit but headed back down due to impending thunderstorms that arrived a little after noon.


ScarsPapa - Aug 12, 2021 10:27 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2021

Incredible 14'er summit weather day!  Sucess!

My 19 year old son, me and four trail mates ascended to Trail Camp staying one night at Outpost Camp to acclimate. Moring 3, awoke at 0230, ate, hydrated, strapped on day packs and hit the "99" (switchbacks). SUPER cool, serene and beautiful watching others ahead and behind us traversing the 99 with headlights.
Hit 13,600 foot Trail Crest just before sunrise and watched the sun lift over the Saline Valley area of DVNP, incredibly beautiful. Then started around behind Mt. Muir, watching dawn break on the Sierra rooftop and the Great Western Divide...still incredibly beautiful. We met a bunch of SUPER awesome people on the trail (the entire trip), as a long-time (35 years!) very avid Nor Cal surfer it was a similar vibe to a cool surf tribe. We summited around 0830 or so to air temps in the upper 40's which quickly climbed into 50's (F) with very light breezes and visibilities >50 statute miles. Seriously could not have asked for better summit weather, let alone the lower 48 HP summit.
We took some pictures (with our phones and our minds), tried to take it all in, paused for about an hour+ and headed back down. We rested at Trail Camp for an hour, packed up and hike down to the portal.
I'll return either via the Mountaineer's Route or from Crabtree/Guitar Lake...maybe both. The High Sierra Trail is on my list, so we'll see what comes of that.
PSA - If you read this and do not alpine much (or at all) definitely acclimate! Stay together with your team. Things can change very quickly at those altitudes, especially >13k, but even as low as 11k. Several of us helped a young lady with AMS after her hiking partner (douchebag Drew I call him) left her to fend for herself after getting AMS half way up the 99. Not Cool!
Stay safe!
Happy, SAFE trails.

DanFeinberg - Jun 22, 2021 3:19 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2021

June Ascent  Sucess!

Awesome peak! 100 at the bottom, a snowstorm on top.


Marmaduke - Jun 13, 2021 1:10 am Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2021

From Kearsarge Pass  Sucess!

46 Mile backpack, great finish


dabailey - Jun 11, 2021 3:12 pm Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2011

Whitney Trail  Sucess!

Nice hike.

naura - May 25, 2021 10:39 am Date Climbed: May 24, 2021

Dayhike via Main Trail  Sucess!

Successful solo dayhike, despite various mistakes and some stomach trouble. In retrospect, 4am was too late a start. The spring at switchback 23 was already dry (in May!) so I had to backtrack 400' vert to get water at Trail Camp. The seemingly endless traversing after Trail Crest was honestly the most annoying part. All in all, a very enjoyable day with amazing views.


Snowball - Apr 21, 2021 1:50 am Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2021

Main Trail: Ascended Snow Chute to Trail Crest  Sucess!

To reach the summit via the Main Trail, I ascended and descended the snow/rock chute below Trail Crest (class 3). As of 4/20/2021the Switchbacks are pretty socked in with snow and turned away all those attempting to ascend via them. Another party ascended the chute but chose to descend via the Switchbacks. They confirmed it was quite challenging especially traversing the lower cable guardrail.


Jowzynkyn - Jan 24, 2021 7:19 pm Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2021

Whitney 2021 in 24 hours  Sucess!

Started at 0000 on Jan. 17, 2021, winter start from Hogsback Road at 6,580 feet to Whitney Portal ~8,000 feet, then from there it took me 14 hours to summit to the 14,500 feet mark. Felt heavy sick at 0300 only at 9,000 feet, likely because I had only two hours of sleep, no acclimation progress (living in San Diego for months two days prior) and Taco Bell as my last meal. My poor choices did not stop me, smashed the 99 switchbacks and had a few more stops on Trail Crest. Truly an amazing experience being that high up, I felt like I was on top of the world. I got lost in the dark on the way down, and was assisted by a group of LA college bros and a couple, Taylor and Alex, who all helped me find the trail in the dark. By the end, we were all tired, cold, and hungry, but we all made it out of the dark forest alive :) ~33 miles in 24 hours with just shy of 8,000 feet gain, I reached my car at 2358, so I made the day permit requirement with two minutes to spare. Honestly, if I ever get the chance to summer ascent, I'll do it the more enjoyable multi-day camp method. Cheers fellow mountaineers, and good fortune!


stepho - Dec 16, 2020 2:18 pm Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2020

very cool, but very cold!  Sucess!

As a someone from a very mild/temperate climate, I was not a good fit for the sub-zero temperatures before the sun rose, but thoroughly enjoyed the scenery nonetheless.

Jamilligan925 - Nov 18, 2020 12:03 am Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2017

The beginning of my highpoint journey  Sucess!

I drove all the way from Alabama just to see if I could tackle a mountain. I did and I loved every grueling second of it. I didn’t know it at the time, but this started my 50 states highpointing journey.


trhemm - Sep 19, 2020 1:24 pm Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2017

Up and down in a day, should have run it.  Sucess!

2am start with 15 hr total. GF had altitude sickness and made a mistake with mountaineering boots, even though temps were low.


YEM - Aug 7, 2020 9:40 am Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2020

Mountaineers Route  Sucess!

I had the entire route to myself until reaching the summit plateau. I also enjoyed descending down the right hand joints which I later learned linked up with the East Buttress approach. So much easier coming down solid class 2-3 rock than the main gully. Picked up a bunch of trash on the approach and at camp. Keep it clean people!!


Romain - Aug 1, 2020 1:34 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2020

Via the John Muir Trail  Sucess!

With 17 year-old daughter Claire, my 5th time to the summit of Whitney. Trip report.

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