Ascent of Mount Whitney on 1978-09-04
|Date:||Monday, September 4, 1978|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||14498 ft / 4418 m|
Ascent Trip ReportReference YouTube: Fresh Air Traverse of Whitney’s East Face. My ascent team also employed Shakey Leg Crack.
Time start: 5am departure from Whitney Portal campground.
Arrive at 12,000’ base of climb: noon (7 hour approach hike)
Arrive at summit: 5:00pm
Time final: return to Whitney Portal campground at 10:30pm
Descent via Muir Trail aka Pacific Crest Trail
Altitude Summary of Muir's Mountaineer's Route
North Fork Lone Pine Creek 8,700'
Lower Boy Scout Lake 10,300'
Best conservative estimated linear distance is 4.7 miles. Very rugged trail.
Rate of travel is approximately 0.6 miles per hour.
Upper Boy Scout Lake 11,300'
Iceberg Lake 12,600'
Mt. Whitney Summit 14,505'
Trail Camp 12,000'
Outpost Camp 10,360'
Whitney Portal 8,365'
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||8631 ft / 2630 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||2498 ft / 761 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||15.3 mi / 24.6 km|
| Quality:||10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb|
| Gear Used:||Rope, Tent Camp|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
Amazing since major pacific storm was to hit in a few days.
| Gain on way in:||8631 ft / 2630 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 6137 ft / 1870 m; Extra: 2494 ft / 760m|
| Loss on way in:||2494 ft / 760 m|
| Distance:||4.7 mi / 7.6 km|
| Route:||Fresh Air-Shakey Leg Crack|
| Start Trailhead:||Whitney Portal 8361 ft / 2548 m|
| Time:||12 Hours |
| Loss on way out:||4 ft / 1 m|
| Distance:||10.6 mi / 17.1 km|
| Route:||John Muir Trail|
| End Trailhead:||Whitney Portal 14494 ft / 4417 m|
| Time:||5 Hours |
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