Ascent of Mount Whitney on 2005-10-07

Climber: Doug Urban

Others in Party:Ed Erickson. Joe Lang
Reese Lang
Date:Friday, October 7, 2005
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Mount Whitney
    Elevation:13250 ft / 4038 m

Ascent Trip Report

We climbed Boundary Peak in Nevada on the 5th so were tired when we reached our hotel at Lone Pine. We spent most of the morning on the 6th relaxing in Lone Pine. We left Whitney Portal at about 2:30 PM and hiked up to Outpost Camp. We decided to leave at 1:00 AM to give us the best chance to summit. It was cold and crisp and the stars were out. Beautiful night. We climbed with headlamps and reached the cables in the dark. We decided to put on crampons because it was very icy. We had no problem crossing the cables and were on the switchbacks when the sun came up. We were all tired from lack of sleep and the effects of altitude. At 13,250 feet, just short of Trail Crest, I decided to go back down with Ed who was nauseous and we broke camp and returned to the Whitney Portal. It was very hot on the descent. Joe and Reese continued on and reached the summit. They only saw 2 other climbers who summited that day. A lot of people turned around, because they had started late and the switchbacks were so icy. I plan on returning to Whitney and will summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5506 ft / 1678 m
    Distance:14.6 mi / 23.5 km
    Route:Mount Whitney Trail
    Trailhead:7744 ft / 2360 m
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads

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