Ascent of Mount Whitney on 2019-08-10

Climber: Miguel Santibanez

Others in Party:Sam
Date:Saturday, August 10, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Whitney
    Elevation:14498 ft / 4418 m

Ascent Trip Report

Awesome hike!!! Lots of information out there for Horseshoe Meadows in and Portal out routes, so I won't repeat it.

We camped 2 miles south of Rock Creek, at Whitney Creek, and at the field with 2 tairns (or tarns in the US) above Guitar Lake on our 3 nights. (Elevations of 11,000 10,300 and 11,700) That made for days of approx 10, 9, and 4 miles before summit on day 4 (4 miles up and 9.9 down). If I could plan it again, I would have split the first two days into three, and kept the short day prior to the summit for rest and a nighttime start in the morning. That said, if your time is limited liek ours was, 3 nights was adequate for acclimation for a group that lives at sea level. Not to say it was easy, (resting heart rate at night before bed was in the upper 70s, when it's normally in mid 50s at sea level)-- just that we didn't have AMS issues with what we did.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8675 ft / 2643 m
    Total Elevation Loss:10275 ft / 3130 m
    Round-Trip Distance:37.5 mi / 60.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Mud/Swamp, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:3 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:8295 ft / 2528 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4598 ft / 1401 m; Extra: 3697 ft / 1126m
    Loss on way in:3697 ft / 1126 m
    Distance:27.7 mi / 44.5 km
    Route:Cottonwood Pass
    Start Trailhead:Horseshoe Meadows  9900 ft / 3017 m
    Time:23 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6578 ft / 2004 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 6198 ft / 1889 m; Extra: 380 ft / 115m
    Gain on way out:380 ft / 115 m
    Distance:9.9 mi / 15.9 km
    Route:Whitney Portal
    End Trailhead:Whitney Portal  8300 ft / 2529 m
    Time:8 Hours 

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