Got sick near Trail Crest and walked like the snail till the summit. Going down was much easier. Overall a great day.
"Solo expedition" on the Main Trail with a couple of feet of new snow. Switchbacks were interesting with the 30 degree slant of coverage, now I know why those cables are there. 20+ attempted the summit from Trail Camp, only 9 of us made it. Beautiful weather although post-holing was rather distasteful.
This hike is freakin long! almost 11 miles from the trailhead to the summit.... but when you are climbing alone, it's best to stay relatively near the beaten path...
My hiking partner and I left at 2:15 AM, so we were basically ahead of the other day-hikers when we started. The infamous (but appropriated named) "99 Switchbacks" were more intense than I imagined, but the 900-foot "gain" from Trail Crest to the Summit is very misleading, and tiresome, as you first need to descend and then you travel by several peaks. Overall, it was a very cool hike and well worth the summit!
Made my obligatory first trip up Whitney. Very summery. Enjoyed the section from Trail Crest to the bottom of the summit slog the most. The crowds were big contrast from the quiet summit of Langley. Whetted my appetite to see more Sierra peaks.
A sub 12 hr return trip including a scrambble up to Mt Muir on the return.
After two failed attempts during the winter, finally made the top by hiking up snow free trail, and during clear, calm and just plain beautiful weather.
First time peaking, but not the last. Look forward to doing this again next year and the mountaineering route next winter :)
It was a clear day on the way up, but when we got to Trail Crest, the clouds rolled in. Consequently, at the summit, we lost about 270 degrees of view. At least we didn't get a storm.
Left at 1:00 am under a full moon. Reached the summit at 9:30 and hung out for a while. Took forever to get back to the car but we were drinking a beer in the parking lot by 6:00 that evening. A perfect day - the sore feet were well worth it.
Got an alpine start at 3am. Doing the switchbacks in the dark was nice. Hardly felt like we were climbing. It gives a whole different perspective when you can't see the progress you are or aren't making.
What a difference 5' of snow makes. Had the summit to ourselves for the entire day! Post holed all the way back to the portal. PICS