Ascent of Mount Whitney on 2009-07-24

Climber: Walter Blume

Others in Party:William
Mike Castleton
Date:Friday, July 24, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Whitney
    Elevation:14498 ft / 4418 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arose 4:15 am at Guitar Lake and hit trail at 5 am, just as there was enough light to see. The weather was perfect, clear and calm. We had little trouble reaching Trail Crest where we changed into warmer clothes and dropped our packs for the rest of the ascent. One of our party somehow missed the sign and hiked an extra mile or so before realizing his mistake, and another raced to the top pack and all. We were all on the summit by 8:45 a.m, capping off a terrific five days of backpacking starting at Horseshoe Meadows. The descent to Whitney Portal was beautiful, and the switchbacks seemingly endless. I don't think I would enjoy ascending via this route, but going down just seemed to take a long time. Stopped at Mirror Lake for a break, then continued on down, eventually reaching bottom around 7:30 pm.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2999 ft / 914 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6054 ft / 1845 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:4 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2999 ft / 914 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:John Muir Trail
    Start Trailhead:Guitar Lake  11499 ft / 3504 m
    Time:3 Hours 44 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6054 ft / 1845 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:Whitney Portal
    End Trailhead:Whitney Portal  8444 ft / 2573 m
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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