Ascent of Mount Whitney on 2009-09-26

Climber: S Wallace

Date:Saturday, September 26, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Whitney
    Elevation:14498 ft / 4418 m

Ascent Trip Report

I told ya'll I'd be back!!

After being skunked off the attempt last year by 1st snow of season... I swore I'd be back 'cuz this is 'part of the plan' (Raiier!).

Weather was fabulous... not a cloud in the sky for 3 days!

1st day climb to UBSL was a great day... was rock'n the trail, felling great.

2nd day - not so much.. This was my 1st time I've ever made an 'Alpine' start and, I don't know if it was lack of sleep, cafine, sufficient breakfast or what.. but I thought I was done inside an hour on the trail... but I keep slugging on.

Pretty sure the key to my making the summit was the go long lunch break just below the 500 ft scramble up the notch.

I may be back here someday w/ kids... try that longer Whitney trail.. but for now... on to Rainier (with other trainign hikes / climbs along the way... )

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6198 ft / 1889 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles, Guide, Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Gogeous! (2nd time charm!)
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6198 ft / 1889 m
    Route:Mountaineer's Route
    Start Trailhead:Whitney Portal  8300 ft / 2529 m
Descent Statistics

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