Ascent of Mount Whitney on 2013-11-02

Climber: Patrick Kirchmann

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, November 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Whitney
    Elevation:14498 ft / 4418 m

Ascent Trip Report

Winter still had not arrived and there was only a little frosting of snow on the highest peaks, making ideal conditions. While it was quite obvious from looking carefully at the range that micro-spikes and poles would be the best tools for the Muir Route, the ranger from whom I obtained my permit insisted on recommending crampons and ice axe, which, in my humble opinion, would have been much more risky as there was not enough snow to self-arrest. Evidently, this ranger had not climbed this route recently and I found his bad advise disappointing. In any case, I reached Trail Camp shortly before sunset and stayed away from the camping spots directly next to the trail in a more protected spot. This was a wise choice as the night brought quite some winds. The next day was stunningly clear and there were many people on the trail, some of them must have started late at night already and were doing this as a day hike. From Trail Camp on there were a few inches on the ground, which made perfect hiking conditions with micro-spikes. I summited around 1pm and enjoyed the magnificent views for almost an hour before I was starting to get cold and turned around. The top-of-the-world feeling with the surrounding peaks and ranges was different and the views over all these neighboring ranges was most impressive. After dissolving my camp, which I had left in place if I wanted to stay a second night, I hiked all the way to Whitney Portal. As always the last long switchback was the worst of the day. Now I am contemplating visiting Mt Whitney again in late winter / early spring and enjoy more snow.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6248 ft / 1904 m
    Round-Trip Distance:22.4 mi / 36 km
    Route:Muir Route
    Trailhead:Whitney Portal  8250 ft / 2514 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Days 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Patrick Kirchmann
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