Mountaineer's Climber's Log

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ZeroFC - Nov 1, 2012 6:44 pm Date Climbed: Oct 30, 2012

Mountaineer's Route  Sucess!

Started from Lower Boy Scout Lake.

From that point, a bit of snow and ice on the route leading up to Iceberg Lake forced a slightly slower pace. Ice was too thin for crampons but covered large enough areas of the path to make it slightly challenging. Took about 3.5 hours to Iceberg Lake.

Taking the chute to the summit was a nightmare with crampons. No existing path meant postholing past the knees through soft fresh powder and hitting the loose scree underneath. I think microspikes would have been much more fitting under the circumstances. I thought that the snow would be firmer towards the top but that was absolutely not the case. Was a long slow climb up in deep snow up to the notch but weather conditions were fine.

Glissading down the entire chute was a lot of fun and saved a ton of time. Met three others who had setup at Iceberg Lake for a October 31st summit attempt.

A lot of fun and would consider coming back in the future.

telemarkdude

telemarkdude - Oct 6, 2012 10:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 1985

Mountaineer's  Sucess!

Camped at Iceberg Lake. From there, with the great weather we had, it was a very fast up and down scramble.

WayneFry

WayneFry - Sep 4, 2012 3:06 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012

MR - Well alright then  Sucess!

Climbed with a couple of guys from SMG (Dakin and Leath). Stuck to the left side of the main chute then climbed the second chute on the north side. Lots of loose rock in the gullies but manageable.

mengbo

mengbo - Jul 16, 2012 2:49 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012

Great Climb  Sucess!

Hiked in with Jean on July 14, 2012 and camped at Iceberg Lake.
A lot of loose rocks in the gully and the final 400 ft was solid.
Kind of nervous at first since we did not bring the helmets. But stay on the right side of gully most of time will avoid lots of loose rocks.

Pfeiffer75

Pfeiffer75 - Jul 8, 2012 2:07 pm Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2012

No snow!  Sucess!

Hardly any snow this year. The chute was a loose experience. The final 400 feet was the most pleasant part of the climb from Iceberg Lake

chicagosky

chicagosky - Apr 15, 2012 11:52 am Date Climbed: Apr 7, 2012

Know how to self arrest

Made it to 14138 feet at the top of the couliour and then turned back after a scary fall. See trip report for details

blakemj33

blakemj33 - Dec 25, 2011 8:44 pm Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2011

Climb on!  Sucess!

B-E-A utiful!!!

ElGreco

ElGreco - Nov 2, 2011 12:16 am Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2011

MR  Sucess!

Via Mountaineer's Route. Clear conditions after a brief storm on Saturday, but very windy. The first pitch of the final 400ft is rock/mixed right now, while the rest is fairly deep snow under a crust.

PrinceOfNorway

PrinceOfNorway - Oct 24, 2011 3:28 pm Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2010

Very beautiful mountain  Sucess!

Did this in one day. Left at midnight and got to the top at about 9 AM. One of the best mountains I've ever had the joy to experience.

jaxcharlie

jaxcharlie - Sep 13, 2011 7:47 am Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2011

Up the Mountaineers  Sucess!

Wow, what a fun route! Especially the ledges leading up to Iceberg Lakes, and the last 500 feet. Unfortunately I went down the trail so I could grab Muir on the way by, and that was incredibly boring after having down the mountaineer's.

Holsti97

Holsti97 - Aug 14, 2011 7:35 am Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2011

48th U.S. Highpoint on MR  Sucess!

Climbed Telescope Peak 2 days earlier and then spent a day exploring Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills. Hiked up to Iceberg Lake and slept under the stars. Had to break ice on lake in the morning to get water for coffee. Classic scramble up the chute and to the summit. Climbed with SP members Tracy, edsclimb, and my niece Megan. Tracy had climbed Whitney 38 years earlier at 11 years old and Whitney was my 48th United States Highpoint. Great way to finish my quest.

hightinerary

hightinerary - Aug 9, 2011 1:32 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2013

Changing Lanes  Sucess!

After hiking up the Mt. Whitney Main Trail numerous times over the years, I switched to the Mountaineer's Route to avoid the crowds.

Vitaliy M.

Vitaliy M. - Jul 8, 2011 10:02 am Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2010

A lot of fun  Sucess!

Winter ascent in a wind storm. Conditions in the final chute weren't great so we went up the rock rib to the left (cl 4 or so). Was a lot of fun.

zoomloco

zoomloco - Jul 7, 2011 12:28 pm Date Climbed: May 29, 2011

Anything to avoid the whitney trail  Sucess!

In any season, in any conditions, do this route and not the Whitney trail. This was my 3rd time on the route. MR is best in winter when its all snow, also easy in summer though there is a lot of rock knocked loose by other climbers in the gully. In spring there is actually mixed climbing (snow + icy rock) so a rope is actually recommended for this season for the upper 300', though I guess you could always take the variation to the right to avoid this. Cool to camp on the summit (in the hut) in the snow.

pingzingr

pingzingr - Jul 4, 2011 12:58 am Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2011

3-day trip on Whitney  Sucess!

Received walk-in permit Friday morning and departed the Portal for Upper Boy Scout Lake. Summited Saturday and returned to Upper Boy Scout. Hiked out Sunday morning. Snow conditions were quite soft and we were postholing up the chutes. Almost easier to use the rock/scree to move up to the Notch unless you leave EARLY for the summit.

haishan

haishan - Jun 20, 2011 5:03 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2011

ski descent

Didn't technically finish the route... a day tour to the top of the snow, a hundred feet or so short of the notch. Skied thru post-holed mank in the upper couloir, and good summer snow down to lower Boy Scout. 10hrs car-to-car, a great day to be out.

Moogie737

Moogie737 - Jun 19, 2011 6:58 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2009

To Kent Ashcraft's memory  Sucess!

Led to Iceberg Lake by Kent's son, Andrew. To the summit with Brent. Main trail down. One hour on top, all to ourselves!

saltlick

saltlick - Jun 15, 2011 9:19 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2011

Car-to-Car  Sucess!

Perfect conditions - warm and calm the whole way to the notch, and firm enough snow for a relatively easy ascent. Clouds rolled in around 12, and it snowed on us as we glissaded the route around 2, but we still got great views and fairly epic sunburns!

jpsmyth

jpsmyth - May 12, 2011 1:25 am

Great climb on MR  Sucess!

Followed Mount Russell with MR on same trip

badmajick

badmajick - Apr 21, 2011 12:02 pm Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2011

Finally did it!  Sucess!

Perfect conditions, although it felt a bit warm. Drove to the portal, camped at Iceberg one night, summitted and hiked out. We rapped off the summit to the notch instead of downclimbing.
First attempt was two years ago, bailed on our summit to assist with an accident on another team.

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