Whitney july 29th-30th


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Alia Atreides · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 0

I have buds hiking the walk up but would love to do something technical. Was going to blast up the mountaineers route solo if I couldn't find anyone.

I'd be stoked on east face or buttress, and would be camping with buds that night at the hiker's camp at 12grand or so. 

Coming from wa to lv, so logistics could be weird :)

Fan Zhang · · Washington, DC · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 618

Hikers go up the Whitney Trail, where as the approach for the Mountaineers Route and technical east face routes goes up the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek. They're completely different approaches, in different valleys. If you camped with your friends at Trail Camp (the highest camp along the Whitney Trail, around 12K in elev), then you would be a long ways away from the base of the Mountaineers Route or the east face routes. 

Kat Hessen · · San Diego, CA · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 0

You can camp at the base of Whitney by Iceberg Lake right next to both the MR and East Face/Buttress routes. We did car-to-car East Face yesterday, but while the hike from the car park at Whitney Portal to the base (via North Fork) is only about 4 hours (and beautiful), we took the Whitney Trail down (topped out after dark) and the hike back to Whitney Portal from there was very very long (we took about 8 hrs, but with a lot of snack/whining breaks) especially after the initial approach + climb. East Face was awesome -- but next time I would get a permit, hike in and camp by Iceberg Lake, start climbing early and come back down the MR. Can't speak for Buttress, but East Face was great -- exposure, some technically more difficult variations available and incredible views all around. We climbed with relatively sizeable backpacks and it made those chimneys extra special. Bring a puffy for the cold shady spots (after 2pm that's everywhere)! 

I didn't do the MR, but crampons and ice axe are needed when there's snow, which we had quite a bit of even on the tourist trail. Last thing: try to get a permit! We were stopped by rangers on the way down this morning, and luckily had em ready to show. $100 fine is a lot for a college student like me, but my husband has come to the area (way too) many times, and this was his first time getting checked. Have fun! Bring a guidebook/good beta. Took us a lot longer to summit than expected due to getting lost( but I'll admit mostly due to me being slow as a new and inexperienced climber..!)

Forever Outside · · Los Angeles, CA · Joined Feb 2017 · Points: 160

the penalty for getting caught without a permit is only $100?

Kat Hessen · · San Diego, CA · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 0
Forever Outside wrote:

the penalty for getting caught without a permit is only $100?

"According to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR 36, Sec. 261.17), the failure to pay recreation fees is punishable by a fine (for a first offense) of not more than $100, as well as being directed to leave the mountain immediately." -- http://www.mount-whitney.com/mt_whitney_permits.php

The $100 amount is also mentioned on a few other websites when you google the penalty. Can't confirm first hand though, since luckily we had permits and thus stayed comfortably unfamiliar with the system...Maybe someone on MP has more reliable first hand info. I though $100 was a lot!

Forever Outside · · Los Angeles, CA · Joined Feb 2017 · Points: 160

interesting to know.  I think getting escorted off the mountain is the worst part (unless you're descending anyway).  But tickets in Zion and even in some of the SoCal mountains are more than $100, I just figured it would be closer to 250 or 300.  



grog m aka Greg McKee · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 70

FYI, mountaineers permit is different than hikers permit. You can't just decide to do one or the other. 

Kevin Mokracek · · Burbank · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 200

Trail camp as others have said is nowhere near the East Face.  I have never had a problem getting a permit to do the East Face or Buttress showing up the day before at the ranger station in Lone Pine the day prior to climbing, get there when the doors open and get your name in for the lottery.   Chances are good you will get one,, especially if you can do it mid week.   

grog m aka Greg McKee · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 70

I was denied an east face permit and was forced to do the hike instead. Just know that its the state of California - aka land of rules and regulations. 

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275
grog m aka Greg McKee wrote:

I was denied an east face permit and was forced to do the hike instead. Just know that its the state of California - aka land of rules and regulations. 

Except that those are federal regulation! (Forest Service).

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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