six very cold days but made the summit and had a great time.
What an awesome experience. We came in from Whitney portal, and during our first summit attempt my Dad came down with a pretty advanced case of HAPE, which was really horrifying. I was only 18 at the time, but the thought of your dad dying on the mountain, right in front of you is pretty motivating. We sent our 3rd party member ahead to get help while I acted as surrogate legs for dad. We all made it out OK. I'm glad it was August.
First hike ever. Done it a few times since, and in all seasons.
Great weather, awesome climbing, and stunning views all day long. Who could ask for more? Okay, well maybe an escalator back down to the portal (never let it be said that wouldn't opt for the easy way down...). My partner didn't tell me this before the climb, but apparently he had been dreaming of an east face route for years. He had walked up the trail, noticed climbers popping up from the east, peered over the edge, and said, "Wow!" That was the start of his climbing career.
This was a killer day. We decided to try to hike Mt. Whitney in one day this time. There was a lot of snow after the Trail Camp, it was very hard. The weather was perfect, we just didn't have enough energy (after sleeping only for 3hrs). Two guys from our group made it to the summit at 7PM, which was very very late and the conditions coming back were icy, windy and dangerous. They made it back to Portal safely, but extremely exhausted. I descended by myself after 5PM, so I was toasty in my sleeping bag, but made some fresh brew for the brave ones as they came back . Very good trip with lots of memories.
Most memorable climb was with my sister when we hiked with an approaching summer storm. We had a sleepless night at Outpost Camp with the wind howling. The next day we bucked the wind and summited just in time, but it snowed going down and turned to rain at Mirror Lake. What an adventure and challenge fighting the weather. The other three summer hikes were pleasant.
climbed with akullar. ~ Left on Friday morning at 8:45 AM; after walking through 3-4 feet of fresh powder snow, reached Upper Boy Scout Lake at around 5:45 PM and camped; left Saturday morning after getting up at 6:45 AM for Whitney, it was very cold, winds above 30 MPH, and ~300 feet visibility; reached base of Whitney and continued up route with 4-6 feet of snow to summit which took 5:30. Camped 10 feet below the summit Saturday night and then summitted first think Sunday morning after being totally worn out; walked down the walk-up route. good climb
We camped at Iceberg Lake and summited on a Saturday. Was a beautiful blue skied day. Developed a loathing for chutes on this trip, not only because the chute up from Iceberg is a nigtmare, but due to a 4-5ft. diameter boulder that came careening past us as we ducked to the side.
Overnight schedule. I carried only light bivy gear for the sleep over at high camp.
Great time. 13 hour round trip.
Climbed with Bill - beautiful route, just a little trouble route finding (we did the Fresh Air without knowing it). Somehow we skipped the class 3 to the summit, veered too much to the right (I think) but the benefit is that you top out directly on the summit...
A long long long walk. Started at 12am when our permits became valid. But well worth it. I encourage everybody to start at night...you'll get a good start and hiking at night is truly underrated.
My husband and I are 62 and 65. We climbed Whitney as a 3 day backpack trip. We were the last people to summit in September. We summited at 3:30 p.m. in a snowstorm. We were the only ones on the peak and saw no one on our trip back to Trail Camp. There was about 4 inches of snow on the trail all the way back to Trail Crest. While we missed the summit veiws because of the weather, it was a fantastic experienceto be on top. The day after we made the summit we woke up to 6 degree temperatures at Trail Camp. On our trip we saw many people who were much younger than us who turned around. Most of them were totally unprepared for the cold weather.
Set out at rush hour (4am) to dayhike Whitney. I was not aware at the time of the madness of this, especially considering the fact that I was about 15 pounds overweight at the time. This is an amazing climb, and however many trip reports and photos you see, nothing compares with being there, especially in the silent, cobweb hours before sunrise. After losing all 15 of those overweight pounds (it must have been water weight!)we turned around a few switchbacks before Trail Crest, a mix of my bad knee, my brother's growing altitude sickness, and our being badly out-of-shape at the time. I would go there again in a heartbeat. In fact, it's easy to find myself fantasizing about being there. I did see much of the mountaineer's route this year on the way to Russell, but can't wait to go with our group next year on the Main Trail...(but probably won't try dayhiking!!)
Two fourteeners down ... and a lot more to go.
Descended via the trail. Up in 6 hours from Portal.
I had so much fun last month, that I had to come back and summit a second time. It was even better the second time. 9 August 2003
Beautiful weather. I did get a Altitude Sickness above Consolation Lake, but I pushed on to summit.
Hiked Mt Whitney, starting at Horseshoe Meadow, via Cottonwood Pass, Soldier Lakes, Crabtree Meadow, et al, and out at Whitney Portal. The weather was quite unstable throughout, and we got chased off the mountain by thunder/lightning/hail... very exciting! An incredible trip!