Ascent of Mount Whitney on 2001-07-05

Climber: Winnette Butler

Others in Party:Barbara and Howard Eyerly
David Comerzan
Date:Thursday, July 5, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Whitney
    Elevation:14498 ft / 4418 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt. Whitney Trail from Whitney Portal. Huge storm came in just as we were leaving the summit. The next morning the switchbacks were totally covered in snow and the summit and high trail were covered in a whiteout. Started raining at breakfast and we finally broke camp in heavy rain as it appeared to be getting worse.

The road down to Lone Pine was covered in rocks and large boulders that had come down during the storm. Fortunately, I was able to manouver around them.

My first backpack. Not enough space to list all my mistakes and the incorrect equipment in my 50+ pound backpack. Plus all the pounds added in the pouring rain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6198 ft / 1889 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6198 ft / 1889 m
    Distance:22 mi / 35.4 km
    Start Trailhead:8300 ft / 2529 m
Descent Statistics

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