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Mt. Whitney Via Mountaineering Route
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Robert Perkins

Locale: The Sierras
Mt. Whitney Via Mountaineering Route on 11/19/2011 14:51:36 MST Print View

I am researching the mountaineering route heading up Whitney and wanted to get some first-hand opinions on it. I have done the about a third of the Sierra High Route from Roads End to Dusy Basin including Frozen Lake Pass. I was curious how they compared if anyone has done both here. The photos of the mountaineering route 'look' like it is more complex then Ropers SHR, but photos can be deceiving. I won't be doing it if there is a lot of snow like last year, and don't want to pack rope and other mountaineering gear as we will be heading out on the High Sierra Trail. Is this a route that can be done in summer, no-snow conditions with just normal trail gear?

stephan q
(khumbukat) - F
Summitpost on 11/19/2011 19:15:18 MST Print View

Howdy, have a look here for starters. stephan

Robert Perkins

Locale: The Sierras
Mt. Whitney Via Mountaineering Route on 11/20/2011 08:05:57 MST Print View

Thanks Stephan, I have been looking those over.

Anyone out there that has done the mountaineering route and the Sierra High Route? I would be interested in dificulty comparisons. Particularly in relation to Frozen Lake Pass.

Edited by rp3957 on 11/20/2011 09:50:01 MST.

Paul McLaughlin
(paul) - MLife
Re: Mt. Whitney Via Mountaineering Route on 11/20/2011 13:24:15 MST Print View

I suggest you post your question here:

or here:

lots of whitney experience on those sites.

Charles Henry

Locale: Arizona and British Columbia
Re: Mt. Whitney Via Mountaineering Route on 12/03/2011 17:56:10 MST Print View

I did the MR in September, without snow. The E-ledges were exposed, (a few feet wide) but not too bad. The worst part is the scrambling at 14,000 up the last few hundred feet. Not too exposed but I did it in one day so I didn't acclimatize and almost fainted when scrambling up a strenuous move. Beautiful granite and big holds. If you're worried take several days to go up.