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Climbing Mt. Whitney, tallest in lower 48
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Larry Sullivan
(150mph) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
Climbing Mt. Whitney, tallest in lower 48 on 12/12/2009 16:45:27 MST Print View

I climbed Mt. Whitney in July '09. At 14,495 ft., it's the tallest peak in the contiguous USA. It's located in the Sierra Nevada of central California near the town of Lone Pine. Panoramic photos, detailed trip report and info about how you can climb it too on my site PlanetRambler.com

1Sierra Nevada from the east side. Whitney sits back from the front range and so appears as one of the smallest peaks on the ridgeline, 2 peaks right of the big one.

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Lone Pine Lake, 2 miles up from the trailhead

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East to Mirror Lake below Thor Peak

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Consultation Lake, near 12,000 ft. Trail Camp, first nights campsite. Mt. Mallory on the left.

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The final jagged ridgeline that holds Whitney (out of frame on the right) climbed via the "97 Switchbacks", on the left slope.

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Like Halfdome, Whitney also has its "cables" over a narrow icy ledge with a big dropoff.

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Panorama east from the 97 switchbacks. Rock in the middle is Wutan's Throne; to it's right, the lake at Trail Camp and the valley ascended from Whitney Portal.

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The other, western side of Whitney. Mt. Hitchcock above Hitchcock Lakes and stacked up behind it, the Kaweah Range and the Great Western Divide

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East from the 14,495 ft. Whitney summit down the valley ascended, out the road to the town of Lone Pine in the Owens Valley and the distant White Mountains.

First Last
(snusmumriken) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Beautiful photos on 12/12/2009 17:35:04 MST Print View

Thanks for sharing.

Andrew Wolff
(Andrew)

Locale: Chattanooga
Whitney on 12/12/2009 20:37:42 MST Print View

These are some of the best photos I've ever seen of the Whitney climb. Thank you.

Mountain Warrior
(MountainWarrior) - F

Locale: Northern Cal
Re: Climbing Mt. Whitney, tallest in lower 48 on 09/16/2010 00:09:54 MDT Print View

Nice pics...We are hiking Whitney Sept 27.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Climbing Mt. Whitney, tallest in lower 48 on 09/16/2010 01:34:37 MDT Print View

The old snow was almost gone when I was up there six weeks ago. By now, some new snow is probably arriving. Take your fleece.

--B.G.--

Mountain Warrior
(MountainWarrior) - F

Locale: Northern Cal
Re: Re: Re: Climbing Mt. Whitney, tallest in lower 48 on 09/29/2010 18:54:40 MDT Print View

Hey B.G....

Thanks for the heads up… I brought the fleece just in case, but shed it quite quickly.

The hike was amazing!

Surprisingly my 100oz Camelbak lasted till we got to the 97 Switchbacks.

I’ll post some pictures when I have a little more time.

Cheers

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Climbing Mt. Whitney, tallest in lower 48 on 09/29/2010 21:05:27 MDT Print View

"Surprisingly my 100oz Camelbak lasted till we got to the 97 Switchbacks."

I do the entire round trip hike on about 64 oz of water.

One year, I reached the summit having consumed only 8 oz of water since the parking lot.

There is a trick to it.

--B.G.--