East Face of Mt. Whitney, August 9-10, 2009
Posted on August 9, 2009 by Kurt Wedberg - California 14ers, Mt. Whitney, Sierra Nevada
Andrew Lewicky from www.sierradescents.com and Eileen Bistrisky from Vancouver joined us for another memorable climb of the East Face of Mt. Whitney. In addition to Kurt’s photos Andy wore a helmet cam for the climb. Some of the video shot includes a great sequence on the Fresh Air Traverse, one of the funnest and most classic alpine climbing pitches in the country! A detailed write up of the climb can be viewed here: http://www.sierradescents.com/climbing/whitney/east-face.html. Video cam footage of the Fresh Air Traverse can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvgzcz45arg.
Kurt’s photo’s of the climb are here: http://kurtwedbergphotography.com/Sierra-Trips/2009-Sierra-Trips/Mt-Whitney-East-Face-August-9/9238581_C9w8F/1/616670270_kfDZd
Kurt, Eileen, and Andy at Whitney Portal
Hiking over granite slabs above Lower Boyscout Lake.
Creek running over granite slabs below Upper Boyscout Lake.
East Face of Whitney from below Iceberg Lake
Sunrise from above Iceberg Lake
Moon over the East Face of Mt. Whitney
Eileen finishing the first pitch of the East Face of Whitney
Andy finishing pitch 4 at the top of the Washboards
Eileen high on the East Face of Whitney with Iceberg Lake behind.
Eileen & Andy at a belay stance
Eileen enjoying the exhilarating Fresh Air Traverse on Mt. Whitney's East Face.
Andy topping out above the Fresh Air Traverse
Eileen climbing above the Grand Staircase.
Summit success!! Left to right: Andy, Eileen, and Kurt