like this, and I have never been happier.
Jess's first real Mtn. Hit the top right at sunrise. Awesome!
Multiple solo ascents.
Solo 3-pin ski descent, too. Would have been a perfect ski run except for the big gully in the middle of the chute from people sliding and glissading down. Ain't there no respect for skiers?
Weather was questionable. Thunder & lightning in the forecast. We decided to do the one day climb. Left the crampons & ice axe in the car. The snow in the gully is almost gone. Left Whitney Portal at 4:15am and hit the summit at 11:45am. No view at the top. Descended the main trail...OUCH! Eleven miles of crowded switch backs...beautiful country though...
This was my first foray into climbing high peaks in the Sierra. My climbing partner was experienced fortunately, but I learned alot about myself and what is needed to be proficient in climbing the higher peaks. Interestingly, I just sold those Salewa crampons I used on this climb to a father who wants to teach his son to follow in his footsteps.
On spring break from med school my buddy and I attempted the MR route, lots of snow and winter conditions. Got turned around at Upper Boyscout Lake by avy concerns and lack of avy gear, will be back.
wild. i was there the weekend of march 28, 2009 and turned around for the exact same reason. spring time avy conditions, no avy gear, and we were concerned about the slope you traverse from the upper moraine to iceberg lake. second attempt but better safe then sorry...
A late season dump turned what we thought would be a nice spring outing into a wintery epic climb, complete with airy, exposed traverses on snowy slopes,sub-sub zero wind chill summit day, the threat of wet snow avalanches, and a frozen top-layer morning descent that made my legs shake. What an awesome weekend!!! Thanks to Matt, Mark, and Marie!!! I'd climb again with any of you any day of the week (just not this week - still sore!!!)
Amazing Trip. See full details here:
I forget the exact date. We bivied at Iceberg Lake and I soloed (stupidly) up the rib to the right of the gully. I remember one really exposed move which felt like 5.5, which was too much in my leather boots.
Found the route in perfect conditions and warm temps. Opted to summit on a Friday and had the route to ourselves. Made my first trip to Whitney definitely one to cherish.
When there are too many people on the route when it isn't snow covered...bring your helmet!
blasting spindrift and storm clouds on the horizon. full value.
My 1st CA 14'er for my 45th B'Day.
Climbed to the summit 3 times via this route.
Beautiful way to summit.
Went up via MR route. Then within 24 hours drove to Badwater in Death Valley. The highest and lowest points in continental US. It was fun!
Hiked the MR with my brother for his first summit. Camped at Upper Boy Scout lake on Fri and summited on Sat. Snow in the main chute was turning to ice. Above the notch both sides are clear with some snow and ice in the center.
MR photos conditions start at #23
There was only one register page left and it was pretty full. Ranger at the visitor center said that it was the end of the season and that no one from the Park Service would be up there to refill?
X5 (counted wrong on the register)
A very long day. I'm glad I went up with friends who had already been up the MR. Route finding is a little tricky.
Climbed with a group from the "Summit for Someone" charity fundraiser for Big City Mountaineers, guided by Kurt Wedberg of Sierra Mountaineering. Fantastic climb!