Ascent of Mount Whitney on 2011-07-15

Climber: Frank Jackson

Others in Party:Savat
and Imdad.
Date:Friday, July 15, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Mount Whitney
    Elevation:14498 ft / 4418 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at 0235 PST. Bears in campground at Whitney Portal. Sunrise was at treeline above mirror lake. Reached trail camp at 0659. Took 3.5 hours to get past the 99 switchbacks (approx 1100). A long time to summit - elevation got us and we did not want to eat. Weather was with us. Cool and a slight breeze. Snow on the 99 switchbacks but a trail was cut. The final switchback leading to the summit also had snow but a trail was cut. It was a long drop down and you need ice ax or hiking poles. Something for a third point of contact or you will end up several hundred feet down in Sequoia NP. Temperature on the summit was 35 degrees. Time was 1459 PST.

Glissaded down the chute at trail crest and sled all the way down to trail camp cutting off the switchbacks. We needed ice axes because it was too late in the afternoon for soft snow. We picked up quite a bit of speed too. Rest of return was uneventful but after dark (2145.)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6432 ft / 1960 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6432 ft / 1960 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
perfect conditions
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6432 ft / 1960 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 6132 ft / 1869 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Start Trailhead:8366 ft / 2549 m
    Time:12 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6132 ft / 1869 m
    End Trailhead:8366 ft / 2549 m
    Time:6 Hours 

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