Ascent of Mount Whitney on 2016-07-17

Climber: Micah Stiegler

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Whitney
    Elevation:14498 ft / 4418 m

Ascent Trip Report

Last day & the end of my 77 mile High Sierra Trail (HST) (& John Muir Trail (JMT) semi-speedy solo hiking trip. Definitely will do it again, hopefully not being rushed & actually enjoying what a beautiful hike it really is. Camped/Bivvied & tried to sleep the night before at Guitar Lake & woke up at 0100 for the headlamp summit push. Had to cross a couple of snowfields, but it was dark & cold enough that they were still frozen & stable (Descent was thawing a little, which made it a little sketchy, but nothing that serious.) I was blessed to see the beautiful sunrise from the summit. Made some friends at the top & the marmots didn't steal my stuff. Descent was down the infamous 99 switchbacks to the Whitney Portal, then hitchhiked to Lone Pine, then 3 days shuttle & bus back to Lodgepole & Wolverton on the opposite side of Sequoia to get back to my truck; an adventure in itself (among other things; witnessed a murder in Lancaster, no BS). Could go into extreme detail about the entire trip & the finite details of the climb... but maybe at another time.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Bivouac
    Nights Spent:4 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Start Trailhead:Wolverton  
Descent Statistics
    End Trailhead:Whitney Portal  

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