-7 F the night before at 12000 ft. Warmed up on Summit day. 15 F felt really warm in the sun.
I missed this hike last year (Mountaineer's Route) because I got hit by a car riding my bike two weeks before my trip. But I made it this year (standard route) with a lot of advil ...
Semi-cloudy day. Only one or two patches of snow remained. Easy route.
W/ dad, Doug & Jim Fithian
First California fourteener
I liked the MR, although there could have been more snow. AND I would have enjoyed the summit a bit more if I wasn't ill with (what turned out to be) mono...
A very very very long walk. An extremely long day gave me a good chance to delve deep into the very soul of my GF, haha.
Mountaineers route. Started at 530am, summit at 130. Took a nice little break at iceberg lake. Was a great experience and challenge. Took Whitney trail down, 5 hours nonstop, beating. Overall though a great day with great weather! Shout out to Matt for climbing with me from UBS lake on up.
Awesome day hike.
Climbed Whitney as a long Boy Scout trip back in high school or so. Very memorable trip. Next time will be the mountaineers route or some other rock route.
Rain backed off for perfect weather. Day 1 to just below ice berg. Day 2 up the buttress then into the gulley, travers at the notch ( not a fan) .lots of scene on the way down. Packed up and down to lbs after a nap, out the next morning
High above the smoke in the valley. Another dazzlingly clear Sierra day. It was my 22nd time.
After two days (and nights) of heavy rain, the mountain was a river. We left for Whitney Portal around 4:00 a.m. and it was still raining. Up on the switchbacks to Whitney Portal we found numerous rock slides, which we had to clear enough to get around and continue. We learned later the road was closed after we'd already passed through. The last half mile before the trail head parking was washed out, so we parked and hiked the extra distance. It quit raining shortly after we left, but roughly one mile from the trail head, Lone Pine Creek was running at full tilt, so we had to ford it, taking shoes, socks, and pant bottoms off to get across. There were other crossings what were also across the flooding creek. The trail was basically a running stream over much of the climb, especially in the lower elevations, and most of the 97 or so switch backs before the crest. Up there along the crest we were in the clouds and visibility was very poor. When we finally made the summit, we heard some distant thunder, and the register was a soggy mulch. On the way down though, the clouds started breaking up and the weather improved some. The people who had back packed in the day before looked like drowned rats, and many turned back with out attempting the summit. Since the road was closed, we saw very few people after Trail Camp. The whole trip took about 14 hours. It was great. For pictures and a more detailed report, look here: http://400000milesandcounting.blogspot.com/2013/07/mount-whitney-day-hike-july-23-2013.html
After quitting my job in December and switching gears to become a full-time student again, I knew that I would needed to give myself a nice treat during the summer months; permits for North Fork of Lone Pine Creek-JM34 just happened to be it. We were a group of four, all current/former Mazamas, and we had a great time on the Mountaineer's Route to the top. Very few people on the whole route and serene views abound.
I did this with my wife. It was a long day (we were both pretty tired). The area was beautiful and we enjoyed the views on the way up just as much as from the summit. We both got a little sick from altitude and slowed down a little on the final approach to the summit, but we made it eventually. I climbed Keeler Needle, Crook's, and Mt. Muir on the way down.
An absolutely unprecedented ascent via the Mountaineer's Route. We summitted at 9:30 a.m. under a blue sky with puffy white clouds. Temps were in the 50's and a light breeze was blowing. Nothing could have made the climb a better one.
Dayhike via the MW Trail - second time up Whitney. After summiting went up Keeler Needle to the final couple of rocks before backing off then bagged Mt. Muir on the way back. Trip report at http://www.mountainhiker.org/trip_report.aspx?id=95
Hiked Whitney via the Mountaineer's Route in one long day. Altitude killed us after just being at sea level a few days prior. But the return trip on the Whitney Trail was very manageable.
Ascended mountaineers route in dry conditions (some snow in gully that was easily avoided) and descended Whitney Trail. 11.5 hours round trip. Beautiful day in the mountains.
An absolutely amazing day. Not a cloud in the sky the whole time we were on the mountain. Spent close to an hour on the summit taking it all in. We had the summit to ourselves for a good portion of that hour. Still early enough in the season we were able to amend our permit so we could ascend via the Whitney trail and descend via the Mountaineers Route. Made for an amazing loop allowing us to take in the beauty and uniqueness of both drainages. Total round trip time was exactly 14 hours including the time on top.
Via the trail. In one day with the fam