Mount Whitney Trip Report (#20419)
- Signed By: Rajasekhar Cheruvu of San Jose, CA, USA
- Date submitted: October 04, 2006
- Date(s) climbed: 09/30/06 - 10/01/06
- Number of People Encountered:50+ people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
I and my friend Kirankumar Vishnubhatla started from the Whitney Portal Store on 09/30/06 on a beautiful day. The weather was warm and the wind was non-existent at the start. At the trail entrance there was a weighing scale for measuring our backpacks and a check list of things to carry. This in my opinion was very useful and I would advice everyone to adhere to it, on the list was rain gear and we thought that it was unnecessary given the current conditions, little did we know. We climbed at a leisurely pace and arrived at trail camp in the afternoon. The weather was still nice though it started getting cooler. During the night the weather got increasingly cooler and the wind strong, the next morning as we started our assent to the summit, the weather became increasing colder and the wind strong. We made it to the summit and right at the same time it started snowing. We spent some time in the cabin up the summit and then started the decent quite rapidly since there is a threat of lightning in this kind of weather. We reached our tent and unpacked and headed back in the rain since the weather was increasingly getting bad. Fortunately we could make it back to the parking lot in the sun light, however since we had to hurry back, we couldn’t enjoy the gorgeous views on the way back.
Overall it was a very satisfactory trip.