Congratulations to Stephen Cummings of Pittsburgh, PA for his successful summit of Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route on February 22, 2015!
Stephen arranged a private climb with SMI founder Kurt Wedberg. They were able to drive all the way to the summer trailhead at Whitney Portal at 8365’/2550m on February 20. They hiked on a mostly dry trail to Lower Boy Scout Lake at 10,350’/3155m where they made camp. The next day they moved their camp higher to 12,000’/3658m putting them in position for a summit attempt on the 22nd. In the afternoon the wind picked up and clouds began to form. During the night light snow began falling. It stopped at 3:30am and the wind abated so they decided to give the summit a try.
During their ascent clouds began rising from below and lowering from above. As they climbed higher into the Mountaineer’s Chute snow began falling coating the upper section of the route with a thin slippery layer. The team continued to move well though and in spite of the weather managed to reach the summit shortly after 10:30am.
Here are a few pictures. The rest can be found here: Mt. Whitney February 20-22, 2015