Biked with Dave
I arrived at 12:30am and was the only one car camped at the locked gate. Leftover chicken wire was haunting the parking lot. Big, fat marmots were only seen near the summit, not sucking green goo out of my radiator hose. It took me 2 hours to traverse the 16 miles of rough dirt road in a low clearance passenger vehicle, and the last 4 were hell. (I obviously don't love my car.) It's pure torture when I could have outrun my car to the trailhead. I started off at 5:30am (brrrr cold) and finished off with a sunburn on my lips. The sky was very hazy and dusty, so the view was lacking, and the forest fire in the Southern Sierra's didn't help. I was the first one to the summit that morning, and the first to snatch the Very Berry PowerBar (my fav flavor). Not to be greedy, I replaced it with some Vanilla GU and a ClifBar.
Went on the open house day; they opened up the Barcroft Gate.
I'm too lazy to write the details of the trip. Email me.
Dayhiked with bearbnz and our wives on a sweet day just after some freshie accumulation. After passing through the valley after the telescope site, we took a direct route to the summit hut, passing about 15 tourists on the way up. On the return to the saddle below the peak, I found my wife waiting to be escorted to the top --- I promptly turned around and took her up the direct route as well.
1st summit time: 2hrs 10min
Mt Biked to the summit. Check my trip report.
Hiked with brother Ron. To make it more challenging I had no food or water (though I carried a liter). I think Josh called this high-altitude deprivation training. :)
5hrs CTC. Trip Report
The road was in fine shape. We took a Grand Am rental averaging about 30mph (that was almost more exciting than the climb). Weather was quite fine as well, after 5 days of thunderstorms in the Mammoth area.
I hiked this stark peak with a lively group of 11 ham operators, peak baggers, and hi-techy-witty types from San Diego and southern CA, NV and IN. We had heavy hail, snow, lightning and thunder on summer solstice. Camped out on a high plain just above the observatory and Barcroft facility. Breath taking view of the east escarpment of the Sierra from the top.
Climbed with forjan. We climbed Boundary Peak the day before. Had great weather. My 4th summit of White.
We just had to make this easiest of CA 14ers more of a challenge, I mean people mountain bike to the summit for cryin' out loud. So we invited our two friends B & R to come with us. No big deal, except they also have a 1.5 and 3 year old. Too big to carry, too little to hike on their own. This made the humble climb up White mountain a true adventure. Balancing was tricky in the high winds, and you don't dare slip and tumble with someone else's kid on your back.
I don't know if it was hypoxia or shock, but the kiddies were very well behaved. They looked pretty dopey and strung out on the summit, but then again, we all did after packing them all the way up there. Next time, I'll stick to the mountain bike.
One hell of a "day hike", see my trip report for the full scoop. The summit was very nice and the view was spectacular even though it was a bit hazy off in the distance. A very memorable "first" 14er for us. Be prepared and enjoy!
Climbed solo over Thanksgiving weekend, 2000. An unusual peak and quite different than any of the other 14 thousand foot peaks just a few miles away in the Sierra proper. Needed 4 wheel drive to get to the gate that year in late November. Hiked past the research station and bivi'ed in the snow at 13K feet to test out my new 20 degree Feathered Friends lightweight down bag and bivi sack. Froze my ass off all night.
The next morning was spectacular once the sun came up and warmed the clear air. Saw a huge (herd or flock?) of Big Horn sheep on the road higher up on the mountain. They all approached me in what looked to be a battle formation until quite close. I could just see the headlines: "Hiker mauled by sheep gang in apparent retribution slaying."
Stayed on top for a long while and soaked up the sun and the beautiful views of the eastern Sierras'. Proceeded back down to Bishop with a sudden craving for lamb chops and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Was hoping for great views of Sierras, however, clouds got in the way
I agree with 2ndage, to make it a more comfortable hike, if time permits. Stay an extra night well below Barcroft gate. My wife thought that this mountain contained the most viscious marmots she'd seen. Ha! Maybe something to do with the lab.? This was the first time I've seen the Sierra from the east, at such an altitude, & was quite impressed.
Spent the night at Barcroft Gate to try to get acclimated. Mountain biked up to the final summit switchbacks and hiked up the last several hundred yards. Took 7 hours roundtrip since my climbing partners got a real bad case of altitude sickness. The weather and views were fantastic.
Perfect day for a hike. 74 degrees on the summit.
Generally easy trail to the summit. However, since access is so easy, many people experience altitude sickness. As a note to future CA 14er record challengers, I can think of two ways to shorten this hike: (1) Use mountain bike -- you can either ditch this at the base of summit, or I have heard of some people being able to bike all the way up. (2) Once a year, the locked gate is opened for an open house (for 2001 this date is 9/2/01), so you can drive up to Barcroft station, saving 4 miles round trip. see http://www.wmrs.edu/openhouse/Openhouse01.htm.
This was the eighth summit of my CA 14er speed climbing tour! Check out the trip report here.
Niether the distance or trail were a problem, but the altitude was a challenge for me eventhough I camped at Barcroft gate the night before. If you have the time and know that altitude is an issue for you, I recommend spending and extra day above 8000. It took me almost 5 hours to the top and less than 3 hours back.
Early morning jog to the summit. The rocks were a little icy from the previous evening's thunderstorms. Car-to-car time: 2 hours and 52 minutes
Jogged most of the "trail." Great views, but not too exciting.
No single part of the dirt road that goes up to the parking area is very bad, but the road is so long that it's bound to do some damage to most passenger cars.
I got a flat tire on the way down. I had a spare with me, but I didn't have a jack. So, I stuck rocks where the jack was supposed to go, dug underneath the flat tire with my ice axe until the car's weight was on the rocks, and then was able to change the tire. Good times.