Our first climb of the East Face of Mt. Whitney in 2009 was a one day car to car ascent. Leaving Whitney Portal wearing headlamps we ascended the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek with the goal of reaching the base of the route at sunrise. We would then climb efficiently up the route leaving us plenty of daylight to return to Whitney Portal in time for burgers from the Whitney Portal Store.
May 14-17, 2009
We had a great climb of Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route. We were treated to warm, clear, and calm weather for the entire trip. To allow for plenty of acclimatization and some training on techniques we planned a 4-day trip. There was plenty of snow from Iceberg Lake and higher but it is melting fast in the Sierra right now.
The entire photo gallery is here: http://kurtwedberg.smugmug.com/gallery/8241408_UdZae/1/539107184_oLihd