Avg: 3.6 from 265 votes
Routes in Mt. Whitney
|Cardiovascular Seizure T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b|
|East Buttress T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|East Face T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Hairline T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b C2+|
|Happy Cowboy (Whitney edge traverse) T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b|
|Left Wing Extremist T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Mount Whitney Trail, The|
|Mountaineer's Route, The 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Mod. Snow|
|North Face T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|SouthWest Edge T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a|
|SouthWest Ridge T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b|
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 1000 ft, 11 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Bob Brinton, Glen Dawson, Richard Jones, Howard Koster, Muir Dawson, September 1937|
|Page Views:||63,723 total, 440/month|
|Shared By:||Nick Wilder on Jan 23, 2006|
|Admins:||Chris Owen, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
Access limited from May to October every year Details
DescriptionThe premier moderate route in the Whitney Area.
Day 1 Hike to Iceberg Lake. Day 2 Do climb. Day 3 Hike back to Whitney Portal.
Eleven fairly consistent pitches on excellent rock. The route starts up a scree slope where you head to left-facing corner on the right side of the "second tower", which is directly on the east buttress.
It's pretty easy to stay on route - don't stray far from the true buttress. If it's obviously harder than 5.7, look around and get back on route.
p1. Easy climbing up the corner. 5.5-5.6
p2. Nice face climbing. 5.6-5.7.
p3-5. wander around the buttress taking whatever line looks best. Head for the left side of "the peewee" - a huge roof/block that looks rather ominous. 4th-5.6
p6. up the left side of the peewee. usually dark and cold. Feels good to get on top of it. 5.6
p7-11. cracks and blocks that generally trend left. The more left you go, the sooner you'll hit a talus field and start walking to the top. Climbing stays easy right on the buttress, with a few boulder problems to overcome.
Top out, dazzle the crowd that hiked up the Whitney Trail and listen to their cell phone calls (golly gee honey - you won't believe where I'm calling from...).