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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, 10 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Underhill, Eichorn, Dawson, Clyde. 1931.|
|Page Views:||51,055 total, 353/month|
|Shared By:||ClimbandMine on Jan 30, 2006|
|Admins:||Chris Owen, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
Access limited from May to October every year Details
DescriptionFrom Iceberg Lake, scramble up to the notch just above the First Tower. Gear up.
Make the Tower Traverse across the south face of the Second Tower, and climb a short chimney (5.4-5.5) to the first belay.
Scramble or simul climb up three pitches of 4th - easy 5th to the top of the Washboard. Climb left up and over a tower/chimney (5.2-5.5) to a large ledge, and traverse to the base of the Fresh Air Traverse.
The Fresh Air Traverse pitch (5.5) climbs easy ground up then left to three fixed pitons. Enter and belay in a chimney. The traverse is exposed and fun. From the ledge, do not traverse directly left. Climb up blocky ground first.
Once in the chimney, climb up the Grand Staircase for 3 pitches, to the 5.6-5.7 offwidth pitch(es). This is the crux, then its easy ground up and right to the summit.
Be quick, efficient, and be careful of your rope - watch rockfall, for your team and others.