Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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billydheyhey - Nov 19, 2018 8:51 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2015

HP #12!  Sucess!

Did this in a single day... very difficult for a single day hike. Especially for me cause this was my very first time at such high altitudes. Diamox helped to prevent altitude sickness.

Spotted a bear at trailhead too which was a bit scary!


LilRockyKat - Nov 1, 2018 6:34 am

First High Point!  Sucess!

Mountaineers Route - first 14er


huskertriguy - Oct 1, 2018 12:44 pm Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2018

Picture Perfect  Sucess!

Standard route from Whitney Portal via Trail Camp. Made it a 2-day trip staying the night at Trail Camp before summit day.

Pretty straightforward. In ideal conditions this is not a difficult summit at all if you are well-trained.

No water available above Trail Camp, especially this time of year.

From Trail Camp it was just under 2 hours for us to reach the JMT. From there, another 90 minutes to the summit; quite leisurely, as this is by far the highest my wife has ever been so we took frequent breaks about 13,600' for her to catch her breath. We started at 4:30 a.m.; spent 45 minutes at the summit; another 60 minutes breaking camp and filtering water; and reached Whitney Portal by 4:30 p.m. This was a relaxed pace but important to me my wife got to go with me.

Those we met who were attempting a single-day summit seemed to overestimate their fitness level -- even with loaded packs we were moving faster than most we encountered on both the ascent and descent.

It was an overwhelmingly beautiful day and the views were just incredible.


lovelife.flora - Sep 10, 2018 10:23 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2016

End of JMT  Sucess!

Worth hiking the 220-something miles along the John Muir Trail to the summit. Got an alpine start, watched the sunrise and bolted down to the Portal for burgers, fries, and beer.


sierramtngoat - Aug 15, 2018 2:28 am Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2018

Memorial hike for my father  Sucess!

My brother John, his son and I backpacked in to Outpost Camp and summited Whitney via the Whitney Trail + JMT in remembrance of our father, who introduced us to the high Sierra. My father and I did multiple trans-Sierra backpacks to the summit of Whitney and did the Mountaineer's Route independently. We love you Dad!

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: August 29, 2004 Sucess!
Our objective was Mount Muir but I had fun "summitting" Whitney twice in one day! We had fun climbing the ledges in the center of the gully that leads to the crapper on the summit plateau. Sunrise on the east face of Whitney at Iceberg Lake was spectacular.

Route Climbed: Backpack from Horseshoe Meadow Date Climbed: 10/14/1999
A repeat trip, this time with Maria. I believe our reason for doing this was that we couldn't get a permit for the trail, but it turned out to be nice because we didn't see a soul until Crabtree meadow... not even an animal. Not a busy weekend I guess.

Route Climbed: Backpack from King's Canyon Date Climbed: July, 1984
Another backpacking trip with my dad and brother Alan. This time we started in King's canyon, followed Bubbs creek, crossed over Forester Pass, and followed the JMT out to the Portal. Bagged Whitney on the way out.

Route Climbed: Backpack from Mineral King Date Climbed: July, 1982
Another great backpacking trip with my dad, this time a trans-sierra trek, ending at Whitney Portal. Bagged Whitney along the way on a empty stomach because bears took half our food in Kern Canyon :(

Route Climbed: Backpack from Horseshoe Meadow Date Climbed: July, 1981
Possibly my first Sierra summit. Aside from nearly be struck by lightning on the second day, the trip was fairly tame, just a fun trip with my dad that got me into the mountains.


Anabanana42 - Aug 2, 2018 11:50 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2018

MOUNT Whitney! 15 hrs 30 miles!   Sucess!

Words will never describe the breathtaking view! Along with the amazing feeling you have when you summit mount Whitney in a day!

Wisemtn - Jul 31, 2018 7:51 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2018

Mt Whitney  Sucess!

Portal out and back


theronmoon - Jul 28, 2018 8:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2018

Amazing sunrise  Sucess!

Great 2am ascent from Trail Camp.

Alex.k - Jul 24, 2018 6:33 am Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2014

Mt. Whitney  Sucess!

Hiked from guitar lake in the middle of the night. Made it in time to watch the sun rise over the White mountains. COLD!

dielotr - Jul 2, 2018 7:31 am Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2018

Whitney dayhike summit - first time!  Sucess!

Summited Whitney via the Whitney Trail with two friends in a 15-hour push. Left Whitney Portal at 3am, summited by noon, back down by 6pm.

Do not let people fool you, the trail after Trail Crest is still a long, dispiriting slog to the summit


TacitMoose - Jul 1, 2018 1:02 pm Date Climbed: Oct 1, 1999

Whitney Second Attempt

Second attempt this time up the mountaineers route. Much more interesting than the trail.


TacitMoose - Jul 1, 2018 1:01 pm Date Climbed: Oct 2, 1998

Whitney first attempt.

Up the Whitney Trail. Weather and failure to acclimate turned us back.


wmolland - Jun 24, 2018 6:47 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2018

Day hike  Sucess!

Cruised up the trail and then took a snowy shortcut up the chute towards the top. That last half mile of the trail goes on forever! Great success!!


larch32 - Jun 6, 2018 9:26 am Date Climbed: May 6, 2015

On a Whim  Sucess!

Come for the rock climbing, stay because you're trashed after climbing Whitney without acclimatizing


AJHerrm - Jun 4, 2018 3:58 pm Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2018

6-4-2018 Conditions  Sucess!

Trails were mostly clear of snow until Consultation Lake. We (and most groups) used crampons from High Camp to Trail Crest, taking them off at high camp for a bit before putting them back on once more for a few snowy stretches on the back side. A few people used microspikes but were slipping and not having a great time. There is one well-worn glissade path and people were starting from the very top of Trail Crest when the snow had softened enough.


marciamallow - May 26, 2018 12:23 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2015

HP #30  Sucess!

Finally won the lottery on the 4th year! -Climbed Mountaineers route in 1 day, very long and strenuous push above Upper Boy Scout Lake, Beware: 6100' gain over 15.8 miles in 1 day gave hiking partner (native CO 14er finisher) altitude sickness


SuperChthonic - May 3, 2018 6:52 pm Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2010

Nice day hike  Sucess!

Did my first hike up this alone and got caught in a snow storm at the top. Despite some route finding issues on descent it wad a crazy fun time. I’ve only climbed/hiked it during off season so I can’t comment on it with the crowds but I think if you can get there it should be a must do.

tac1422 - Apr 23, 2018 6:13 pm Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2018

Pre season Whitney

Preseason climb. Relatively inexperienced group and early year conditions made summiting dangerous, although we did get through the real meat of the hike. Crampons and Ice axes were essential in this attempt and made it a real experience.


Kristalea - Apr 17, 2018 1:14 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2017

Highpoint #12  Sucess!

Enjoyed the day hike with a group of friends. Took 18 hours to complete and well worth the long day. The sun was out and the weather was cool. Perfect conditions.


Wheelbarrow - Feb 5, 2018 9:21 pm Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2017

Third Times a Charm  Sucess!

Mountaineer's route in a day in winter conditions. Hardest day yet :thumbs up:

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