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Ascent of Mount Whitney on 2014-06-28

Climber: Chris Stoddart

Others in Party:Chris P
Nick M
Jon H (Stayed behind)
Yev M (Stayed behind)
Date:Saturday, June 28, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Whitney
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14498 ft / 4418 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started Friday afternoon and hiked up to Outpost Camp. Set up camp and started for the summit early Saturday, leaving tents and extra gear behind. Made good time to the summit, arriving with Chris and Nick close behind. Started getting a headache after about 45 minutes of resting at the summit and decided to start down with Nick. Saw Jon struggling past the trail crest making the last push, but Yev was keeping an eye on him. We pushed on, planning to meet back up at Trail Camp, keeping in radio contact. After arriving at the camp and filtering a new batch of water, we got a call that Jon was having a rough time with the altitude and that the others were running out of water and about to head down from the crest. I started back up the switchbacks with a fresh batch of water and met Yev a little past halfway up to take relay the water up. Eventually made it back to Outpost camp just as the sun was setting. Got some sleep and finished the last couple miles back to the portal in the morning.

A good lesson to make sure you've trained well before attempting a strenuous hike (especially at elevation). And always have a partner, backup plan and means of communication. Could have had a much worse result if we didn't.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6888 ft / 2098 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6888 ft / 2099 m
    Round-Trip Distance:24 mi / 38.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6138 ft / 1870 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:Mt. Whitney Trail
    Start Trailhead:Whitney Portal  8360 ft / 2548 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6888 ft / 2099 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 6138 ft / 1870 m; Extra: 750 ft / 228m
    Gain on way out:750 ft / 228 m
    Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Route:Mt. Whitney Trail
    End Trailhead:Whitney Portal  8360 ft / 2548 m



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