East Face of Mt. Whitney, August 9-10, 2009

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, Andy at Whitney Portal

Kurt, Eileen, and Andy at Whitney Portal

Hiking over granite slabs above Lower Boyscout Lake.

Hiking over granite slabs above Lower Boyscout Lake.

Creek running over granite slabs below Upper Boyscout Lake.

Creek running over granite slabs below Upper Boyscout Lake.

East Face of Whitney from below Iceberg Lake

East Face of Whitney from below Iceberg Lake

Sunrise from above Iceberg Lake

Sunrise from above Iceberg Lake

Moon over the East Face of Mt. Whitney

Moon over the East Face of Mt. Whitney

Eileen finishing the first pitch of the East Face of Whitney

Eileen finishing the first pitch of the East Face of Whitney

Andy finishing pitch 4 at the top of the Washboards

Andy finishing pitch 4 at the top of the Washboards

Eileen high on the East Face of Whitney with Iceberg Lake behind.

Eileen high on the East Face of Whitney with Iceberg Lake behind.

Eileen & Andy at a belay stance

Eileen & Andy at a belay stance

Eileen enjoying the exhilarating Fresh Air Traverse on Mt. Whitneys East Face.

Eileen enjoying the exhilarating Fresh Air Traverse on Mt. Whitney's East Face.

Andy topping out above the Fresh Air Traverse

Andy topping out above the Fresh Air Traverse

Eileen climbing above the Grand Staircase.

Eileen climbing above the Grand Staircase.

Summit success!!  Left to right:  Andy, Eileen, and Kurt

Summit success!! Left to right: Andy, Eileen, and Kurt

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