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East Face Mt Whitney

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Leslie H · · Keystone · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 415

Anyone tick this yet this season? Wondering whether or not there's still snow on the route?

Wylie · · Bishop, CA · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 46

I haven't been up there this year but I've climbed that route in different seasons and with the quantity of snow this year I would think there is still snow on that route.  There are two sections of 4th class slab that tend to hold snow and there's still a lot of snow in the mountains especially at that elevation.  I've climbed that route when it was snowy and the parts that hold snow tend to be easier sections.  I would think the traverse face parts are dry but you should be prepared to do some snow climbing.  Only 1 way to find out though!  If you go up there with a plan b and C you can clearly see the entire room from below and make a decision.  

Colin Sander · · Los Angeles · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 81

I think parties have been climbing on the east-buttress & east face since early-may, you can check out @SierraMountainGuides on IG, they usually post some fairly current updates/images.

Don't think there is any snow left on either of those routes now, but microspikes or crampons, & probably an axe would be advisable still if descending the MR. 

Here is a frame I took when I was driving through Lone Pine on 7/15. E. Face seems bone dry.

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