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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 Mod. Snow
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
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Type: Trad, Alpine, 350 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: kenr on Aug 13, 2017
Admins: Chris Owen, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Access Issue: Certain Peaks: Access limited from May to October every year Details

Description

Scrambling route for the final push to the Mt Whitney summit. More direct and interesting than finishing on the hiking trail.

. . Could be nice for climbers who for social/family reasons find themselves joined into a team hiking up the Mt Whitney Trail.

. . Or whose partners are doing the SouthWest Edge route but want to avoid the exposure.

. . Perhaps could be done while keeping the difficulty as low as 3rd class, but likely more fun and quicker if plan on some 4th class moves.

. . If along the way decide to go for more difficulty or exposure, could move right, closer to the edge of the top of the vertical wall faces SouthEast on the Mt Whitney summit mass -> See the route SouthWest Edge.

Leave the main hiking trail next to the notch between Mt Whitney and Keeler Needle, and head more or less Northeast up and up until reach the flat summit area.

Location

Starts at the notch between Mt Whitney and Keeler Needle -- GPS latitude longitude approx (N36.5759 W118.2939) -- which is next to the Mt Whitney hiking trail.

Simple way to find it is to hike down from the Mt Whitney summit on the main hiking trail: WNW then SSW then ESE, marked by rock-stack cairns -- just under 0.5 mile distance.

Or if coming from the south from Trail Crest or the John Muir Trail, the start of this route is 2 miles north on Mt Whitney Trail from the junction of the John Muir Trail (coming up from the west) with the Mt Whitney Trail (coming down from the south a very short ways past Trail Crest).

Protection

Protection for trad leading is unknown.

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