My 2nd summit, and an enjoyable day. Great route and climb, but LOTS of traffic in the final 400' feet. Climbed with a group from SMG who I met on MeetUp.com. Good times and great conditions. Like to do the route in earlier winter to avoid the crowds though.
Great snow conditions and weather. The partially snow-covered rock above the notch was the crux.
Climbed with the CMC. Beautiful conditions and great weather for the summit day.
...climbed with 15+ members of the Caltech Alpine Club. Good conditions, fun trip.
This route was the greatest adventure trip that I have ever had in the Sierras. Crazy weather and a spectacular summit day.
This was the latest, and the first time up in "summer" conditions. Wicked scree but fun scrambling all around. Mostly done in winter/spring. Love the MR/MT loop, especially the glissade down from Trail Crest.
A fun climb in April up the route in snow, some rock to scramble, ice, and a rappel...not to mention a snowstorm to keep things interesting.
I went as far as Lower Boy Scout Lake. Snow/Ice stopped me on the way to Thor.
I climbed Mt Whitney with my friend. It was superb. I love that there is nearly no climber on this mountain. The mountaineer's route was beautiful, and fun. The last two hundred feet below the summit were a bit challenging since it was getting late morning and the snow was becoming soft. My best advice is to get an alpine start before the summit push, as the snow will provide more grip.
Matt C. and I climbed the mountaineer's route 15 years ago....before there were problems getting permits and before the route was a trail. Just recently climbed Russell (E.R) and had fond memories going up the north fork of lone pine.
better to ski this in powder conditions, given the 6.02x10^23 different bootpacks that go up this line. wanted a switch ski descent, but junky frozen spring conditions forced normal turns, heh.
On our summit day we wound up assisting a party that had a fatality due to an ill-advised attempt to catch the sunset from the summit. RIP.
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...
We tried to avoid some of the slush in the notch and wound up on class 4 rock part of the way, so decided to use the highway on the descent. Next time, we'll plan on doing the MR in May or June so we can step into some better snow and perhaps ski down. All in all, it was a fantastic day, though. Great job on route-finding directions, Steve Larson.
Two occasions of falling rock. We were fortunate to run into Jackie Florine as she comp'ed her record on the JMT. http://www.jacquelineflorine.com/john_muir_trail_2005.html
Climbed MR, bived on top and descended main trail in the morning.
Part of a Badwater-Whitney trip. Climbed in a day after 2 days and 135 miles on the bike from Badwater.
Also used route to do Mt Muir 6/27/03 pausing at Whitney summit going and returning to look for Xavier, Kim, and the LVMC climbers doing the East Face...they successfully summited on my second stop
My first (of many, I'm sure) ascent of Whitney.