Mount Whitney Trip Report (#21815)
- Signed By: Thomas Burley
- Date submitted: November 14, 2009
- Date(s) climbed: October 31/November 1, 2009
- Number of People Encountered:0-10 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Flawless early winter days, after a week of wind, new snow and record cold on the mountain. A group of 5 of us from Victoria, BC, climbed the Mountaineer's Route while SAR helicopters searched for a missing hiker on the main route on the 31st. The new snow made the boulders lower down a pain, with a lot of postholing, but made the couloir almost pleasant. We got a late start so camped at Upper Boy Scout Lake under a full moon.
The next day we hiked to Iceberg Lake, ditched most of our gear and proceeded up the gulley, which held our kicked steps well. The chute above the notch was exciting, as it was wind crusted and kicking steps was tiring for a bunch that were at sea level 2 days before. Crampons and ice axes were a must. We summitted in the late morning and found a plastic jack-o-lantern on the summit. Not a cloud in the sky and little wind made for a great summit celebration and photo shoot, then we headed down. We opted to go further west down the summit plateau and then traversed back to the notch, as the conditions at the top of the chute were sketchy without protection. We headed back to UBSL, broke camp and were at the car by 6 pm and int the bar by 7. A fantastic trip. We had the mountain to ourselves on summit day, which was perfect in every respect!