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.
Coming down the gully with snow and no ice axe is exciting! :)
Descended via the Mountaineer's Route after climbing the East Buttress with Doug Robinson.
Solid climb. Descended down the main trail due to sketchy conditions in the couloir.
up the Mountaineer's Route, down the Main Mt. Whitney Trail.