Mountaineer's Climber's Log

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laxatives - Sep 27, 2023 10:32 am Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2021

Summer Conditions for a Winter Ascent  Sucess!

Planned this for a winter ascent, but might as well have been summer. Some snow in Mountaineer's Route, but otherwise was very warm/dry.

Reuben Shams Parker

Reuben Shams Parker - Jun 9, 2022 9:40 am Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2022

MR Solo - Incredible Adventure  Sucess!

I had never done this route before and I originally planned to stay at Iceberg Lake the first night. I started at the portal around 4am with a 40lb pack and as soon as I took the fork off the main trail I was surprised how fast it got seriously steep. And it never let up.
I got to Iceberg at around noon, and decided to summit same day. The snow in the gully was warm and thin and I didn't trust it. My ice axe was unusable and my crampons were worthless here. I ended up hugging the sides and making it to the notch. There was no snow anywhere else. Despite it being steeper, more technical and objectively harder, I found the Final 400 easier because there was less scree and the rock was stable.
The summit was stunning, and afterwords I made a safety call and took the main trail down due primarily due to conditions in the gully. I camped at Trail Camp and made it back to the portal the following morning.


mElliott47-2 - Apr 27, 2022 3:10 pm Date Climbed: Apr 23, 2022

Whitney loop solo (in a day), beautiful day  Sucess!

Start time: 01h45
Time to summit: 7.5hrs
Break on summit: ~1hr
Total Time: 14.5hrs

Up: Mountaineers route
Down: Regular route

Lots of snow, but bluebird all day and not super cold :)


blakeatt12 - Jan 21, 2022 7:59 am Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2022

Solo winter ascent  Sucess!

Road was open nearly to Whitney portal

Snow conditions were excellent, as was the weather and avalanche forecast was low.

Left car at 4pm, was at Upper Boyscout Lake by 10pm with just trail boots and micro spikes and a heavy pack.

Left upper boys out lake to summit the next day at 1030, was on the summit by 2pm, down by 430

Ascended couloir and bouldered to the top to avoid the loose snow on the traverses section

Descended same way, left upper boyscout at 4am and was at car by 0630

Snow in couloir was excellent

Trail was pretty obvious.

In general, pretty easy due to conditions being so favorable.

Never wore snowshoes, crampons and scarpa phantoms worn on summit push, wish my ice axe was a bit longer


antsanta - Sep 23, 2021 8:54 pm Date Climbed: May 29, 2021

One day was too long...Lol  Sucess!

Long day. Did a total of 26 miles in 19hours. Started around 2 AM. Reached the summit about 12 hours later. Took the mountaineer's route thinking it would be quicker, but was wrong. Hell of an experience, however. Lit the mountaineering fire for me!


andrew_c - Apr 11, 2021 4:02 pm Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2021

First time up the Mountaineer's Route!  Sucess!

Had a great time on the mountaineer's route -- perfect weather and enough snow make the climb enjoyable!


Igooooor - Aug 15, 2019 10:52 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2019

Beautiful bivouac at Iceberg Lake

Exhausted and dehydrated I spend a peaceful night at iceberg lake. Self rescued while vomiting all the way down the next day. Mountaineering: the best part is when it stops. Can’t wait to almost kill myself again. Beautiful route.

nfischer921 - Mar 25, 2019 11:52 am Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2019

Winter attempt

Made an attempt towards the end of March.
There was a road closed sign at the bottom of the hairpin near the dirt parking area, however it is possible to drive past it.
Somewhere around the bend in the hairpin there was enough snow that driving wouldn't have been possible.
About a quarter mile past the hairpin there is an actual closed gate.
From there everything was under several feet of snow. We camped just off the road at Whitney portal. Snowshoes became necessary shortly after the north fork.
We only made it to lower boyscout because we started too late in the day and the soft snow was too tiring for some of us.
Look out for the sketchy avi conditions directly below lower boyscout.


Wallylongridge - Feb 20, 2018 12:41 am

Fall  Sucess!

Great place to be!


Harvest - Aug 15, 2017 3:50 am Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2017

Mountaineers Route  Sucess!

The approach is long and the camping pleasant.

FA of this route John Muir in October 1873.

There's many other nearby peaks worth climbing. Some look like fun trad routes.

Ben FR - Jul 31, 2017 5:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2017

Up Mountaineers, down Trail  Sucess!

Climbed the Mountaineers Route in late July 2017 (big snow year). It took 7 hours up, and 4 down. Would have been 1hr faster without snow. Route ended up being fairly straightforward. Water crossings were a non-event. The chute was covered in snow - ended up scrambling up the exposed rocks on the left side until around 13,500' and then hiked up softish snowpatch with crampons and poles to where the rocks reemerged around 13,900'. On the final 400, there was a big patch of snow in the middle, ended up going right to find fun class 3 climbing.


wanderweg83 - Sep 20, 2016 12:22 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2016

Exhilerating!  Sucess!

Made the climb from base camp at Upper Boy Scout Lake. Absolutely phenomenal weather! The class 3 scrambling/climbing from the notch at 14k to the summit was my favorite part.


Diesel - Jul 22, 2016 12:27 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2016

Great route  Sucess!

I hiked this route three times for various reasons but my latest hike took my all the way to Whitney's summit. Not difficult particularly but 6 hours to the top seems slow.


Bill562 - May 5, 2015 4:07 pm Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2015

Second time solo  Sucess!

From camp at Iceberg, familiar by now and still an excellent training climb


rmick25 - Feb 11, 2015 6:13 pm Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2015

Wow  Sucess!

2nd time up the route. Shutdown at the notch in March/April 2011. Less snow=less postholing in gully. Conditions were perfect. Summited day before massive windstorm brought 130 mph winds to Sierra crest.


badmutha2k - Jan 23, 2015 9:40 am Date Climbed: Jan 20, 2015

Winter Ascent  Sucess!

Went up with a group. Spent 4 nights out on the trail. Lots of cool ice and snow. Liked the climb and the route is beautiful.


bkcasteel - Dec 31, 2014 3:34 pm Date Climbed: Apr 22, 2013

Incredible Journey  Sucess!

I was one in a group of newbie climbers. We took it nice an slow - enjoying our time on the mountain. Personally, I would recommend taking a couple days to complete the climb and enjoy the scene.


GlennD - Dec 18, 2014 11:50 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2012

HP #10  Sucess!

Beautiful day on the Mountaineer's Route. 6 hrs from Whitney Portal to summit.


Bill562 - Oct 14, 2014 12:07 pm Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2014

MR  Sucess!

Solo from the Portal. Just a bit of new snow on climber's left, rest of the chute is dry now.


caysedave - Nov 4, 2013 3:53 am Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2009

First 14'r  Sucess!

Two day winter outing.

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