Splendid day out!
Third time's the charm....snowed out on 2 prior attempts, I went with the East Face in the summer heat this year to knock Whitney off my list. Great climb, Mountaineer's Route down. Camped at Upper Boy Scout Lake for 2 nights to summit Russell as well the following day.
3rd time up. As I am sitting here typing I am disappointed we did not take the Mountaineers route. However, we had a couple of people who had never been at any altitude and I felt caution was the best plan of attack
We ascended the mountaineer's route and descended the Whitney trail in a single push. The mountaineer's route is definitely the highlight, and if I did this again, I would avoid the Whitney trail. Another note, is the gully up to the final 4th class section was very loose, and we chose to scramble the class 2/3 rock along the side. This was much preferred.
once on the top inside the summit register box there was a "that was easy button".though that was funny. anyway great weather! just misses some t-storms the day before.
First 14'r and more challenging than I could have imagined as the altitude was intense for me.
Very happy to see a summit sunrise on my birthday after hiking a very long version of the JMT (10 extra peaks and 3 hot spring side trips). Was happy to go up with Bob Shattuck, a JMT vet and strong hiker. Great day.
Climbed with my two daughters (No. 10) and a running friend of mine from high school. Started from the portal at 4:00 a.m., per Doug Thompson's advice. Trip routine to Trail Camp, with rain and sleet above. Trail very slick along trail ridge and I recommended we turn around about a mile from the summit. The others decided to head on up as I turned around (this would have been my third time to summit, vs their first). The weather cleared while the others were at the summit and back down to Trail Crest (by the grace of God). Moderate rain at Trail Camp where I waited. Back to the Portal at 9:45, a very long day. As anyone who has hiked this trail knows, the 2.5 miles from Lone Pine lake seem like 5. Whitney was HP 3 of 5 for this trip, which also included Humphreys, Elbert, Harney and White Butte, as well as 12 national parks plus Mount Rushmore.
As of Sunday the road was open to Whitney Portal and the standard route is packed powder/ice for the top 30%. Microspikes are encouraged, hauling crampons was overkill. The guys at "Elevation" in Lone Pine informed us that nobody has broken trail to the Mountaineers' Route yet and there are hip deep drifts to the upper lake.
I climbed Withney on the normal route in 2 days in perfect weather conditions, not too hot. The hike is quite long, very well marked and very good though also very rocky. It's quite long, one gains only very slowly altitude, which is thus not tiring but requires time due to distance. Except for training, it's better to take two days in my vies both for acclimatization and enjoying the landscape.
The permit issue and red tape make of course this hike much more complicated to organize than other, let alone for overseas climbers who have thus to plan very much in advance.
One day. Left at 3am and was on summit by 11am. Back to car by 5. Great fun with my brother-in-law.
My first climb in the Sierra. Made the summit in a 14 hour marathon from Whitney portal. Going directly from sea level to 14k with no sleep made this a rough trip.
Arrived from Guitar Lake. Leaving my pack behind at the spur trail, I flew along the narrow trail dynamited into the massive mountain's western slope. The weather and summit views were fabulous! The town of Lone Pine, over 10,000' below in the Owens Valley, resembled miniature Monopoly houses. My 28th state highpoint. And those 99 switchbacks? I didn't mind them at all during the descent. Climbed Mt. Whitney for the second time on August 1, 2015 upon completing the John Muir Trail.
3am start, made the summit at around 11:15am. Was pretty fatigued upon return, but very much so enjoyed my day on the trail.
14 hours round trip from Whitney Portal, starting at 3:30am.
Due to a change in my vacation plans at work I ended up with the week of Sept 16th open. On a whim I read a Mt Whitney webpage with a link to the permit site. Unbelievably, there were 7 open permits for 9/18 so away we went. Beautiful, easy trail and the 99 switchbacks were not an issue although we heard a lot of people complaining? Also saw a lot of people that probably shouldn't have been up there - doubled over on their trekking poles an hour up the trail ... Perfect summit day - blue skies and no wind - beer and burgers upon our return to Whitney Portal. Not too many people as it was mid-week.
After a week of monsoon the weather finally cleared. Started out at 7:00 a.m. and the trailhead was like a ghost town. I recommend using poles for this trail, I didn't bring mine but wish I had.
Did Mt Whitney trail in a day, pretty lengthy day but the views were worth it.
Great day with Dave & Dave