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!
Crystal clear skies for our first trip out west!
Who would have guessed at such wintery conditions in July. Snow all the way up the route was fun, the iced up wall above the notch . . . a little challanging.
Left the parking lot with 7 other folks at 4:45a.m. Beautiful sunrise! We went up the gully a little more to the left at the bottom, and that was fun. The top section was wonderful Class 3. It would be really challenging in the snow!
Started at Whitney Portal at 3 am. Iceberg lake was so pleasant. I shall return.
Climbed as a decsent route recon before EF and EB climbs
great day to go up Whitney...sun was shining and sky was mountain blue...
A good climb! I've found true love.
I was going to solo this, but I met a girl at Iceberg and we climbed it together. Beautiful Day.
Suncupped then smooth. Fun time with my brother Dirkus!
Great climb with near-perfect conditions. Left Iceberg Lake at 7 AM, climbed semi-hard snow for 2/3 of the couloir (crampons unnecessary), scree for the next 1/3, then directly up the 1st gully from the Notch. Center of the gully was nasty snow/ice; we stayed on class-3 rock by starting left, then traversing right to the ridge and exiting to the summit plateau via a body-width crack. Descending at 12 PM, the couloir was slushy -- ascending that late would be miserable!
A group of us hiked up to Iceberg Lake and camped there on a full moon night, I wanted to keep going it was so beautiful! We reached the summit the next day, using the traverse for the upper portion. Returned back to Whitney Portal in the afternoon.
We did a dayhike exiting the main trail. I had a very slow group, but that worked in the favor of a lost hiker. Well after dark we found a hiker near lone pine lake. He was disoriented and clumbsy; most likely sufffering from HACE. We lead him out. We finished at 11:00 pm making it about a 18 hour day.
nice ice climb below summit if done in the late fall!
After two partners bailed the weekend before I found an overnight permit and decided to go it alone the next weekend. Left the portal at 1pm and got to Iceberg lake at 6pm. There were four others here ahead of me. Late start but still breaking trail through some snow. Able to stay on the rocks most of the way up to the notch. Past the notch the traverse is iced over. Up the first gully the snow turns to ice about half way up. I stayed on the rocks to the summit. Had the summit to myself for 30 mins when another solo came up from the MR. Passed the four campers from Iceberg in the gully on their way up. Made it back to the Portal by 5pm with snow all the way down the south side to below the E ledges. MR pics
Saturday, we went from the portal to UBSL, set up camp, and did Mt. Russell via the East Arete. Next day, we did Whitney via the MR. The big gully wasn't bad at all.
Ooof. One of those classic "Good route-finding keeps this no more than class 3" sandbaggers. Or, apparently, if you suck at route-finding like we did it's exposed, unprotected 5.0 in light hikers.
Oh well, we got up, we got down safely, we got great pictures and we followed in the footsteps of John Muir. I know that it's just a descent route for most people, but for me it's a climb I've wanted to do since I was 10, so, hey....
Went with my boyz, Erick, Dan and Brian. Great weather and lots of fun up the gully.