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Mt. Whitney Trip Report 3/15/14
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By muzik311
From Moab, UT
Mar 26, 2014
bends of horseshoes

Recent trip from March 15-19th up to Mt. Whitney on the Mountaineers Route.

Had to park at the base of the mountain (around 6,600 ft). The road was gated and locked at this point. Must walk the road (no snow) up to Whitney Portal. No snow until you cross over Lone Pine Creek.
Snow starting around 8,500 ft?

Snowshoes were mostly worn to Upper Boy Scout Lake. Fully frozen except one patch in the NE side of lake. From Upper Boy Scout Lake to the gully was soft snow and snowshoes were traded for crampons and trekking poles until Ice Berg Lake. Good snow and conditions from this point to the notch with ice axe and crampons. Good amount of snow up to the summit in the cracks. Rock was ice free. No snow on top of summit. It was very warm, sunny, and clear. With one day of wind gusts. Had the mountain top to ourselves !!

Photos by Chris Brinlee (webpage: www.chrisbrinleejr.com/ )







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By Tom Nyce
From Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 26, 2014
Down low, before the Y and the Railroad couloirs separate.

Wow. Good job. I can't believe how dry everything is there. I guess due to the record breaking dry winter.


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By Eric Fernandez
From Dixon, CA
Mar 27, 2014

Did you guys do it in a day? What were temperatures like on the summit look cold in your full puffy?


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By muzik311
From Moab, UT
Mar 27, 2014
bends of horseshoes

No, We didn't do it one day. We camped at Upper Boy Scout for 3 nights just for the fun of it. Did the Summit from Upper Boy Scout to top and returned in about 12 hours.

Temps during the day I would say were from 20-35. Some days I was definitely sweating ! Lows were around 10-20s. It wasn't SUPER cold at the top, just very windy !!!


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By Ladron de Engranajes
Mar 28, 2014

how was snow coverage on east face/butt?


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By fossana
From Bishop, CA
Mar 28, 2014
downclimb off the First Flatiron <br />photo by TooTallTim

Ladron de Engranajes wrote:
how was snow coverage on east face/butt?

You can see both routes in the first pic.


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By Laine
From Reno, NV
Apr 10, 2014
Approach to Washington Column

Nice photos on the blog! Those long exposure night shots are wicked cool.

TFPU.


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