Summer/Fall Mountaineer’s Route

During the summer Mt. Whitney offers a beautiful route past pine trees, boulders, granite slabs, high alpine meadows, and lakes.

Overview

The Mountaineer’s Route is located on the northeast side of Mt. Whitney. It is a chute angled at approximately 25-35 degrees.  The route ascends this chute and tops out at a notch about 400 feet below the summit. Here the angle becomes slightly steeper to 40-45 degrees to the summit. The terrain is over trails and rock with some interspersed 3rd class climbing requiring the use of hands and feet on good quality granite but the terrain is not considered technical in nature.  The first ascent of this route is credited to John Muir in 1873.  In addition to being an excellent climb, it is a good time to test and get comfortable with any new equipment you plan to use on future climbs. This climb also offers a much less crowded way of reaching this very popular summit, and beautiful vistas are prevalent throughout.

Cost

$695

Dates

3 Days/Class 3
July 1-3, 2017 Whitney MR – FULL
July 14-16, 2017 Whitney MR
July 28-30, 2017 Whitney MR
August 11-13, 2017 Whitney MR
August 25-27, 2017 Whitney MR
September 1-3, 2017 Whitney MR
Custom Dates and private guiding available. Call us if you don’t see dates that work for you!

Itinerary

Day 1: The group meets at the nearby town of Lone Pine on the first day of the trip. We will drive from here to the trailhead at Whitney Portal. We ascend the North Fork of Lone Pine creek and put in our camp between Upper Boyscout Lake at 11,300’/3444m and Iceberg Lake at 12,600’/3841m. We go to sleep early that evening in preparation for our summit bid the following morning.

Day 2: We wake before sunrise beginning our ascent in the early morning hours when are treated to a breathtaking sunrise en route. Above Iceberg Lake (12,610’/3844m) we enter the Mountaineer’s Chute along the north side of Mt.Whitney. The slope angle runs between 25-35 degrees to a notch at approximately 14,000’/4267m. The terrain ranges from a trail to some easy rock scrambling that occasionally requires the use of your hands. No previous rock climbing training is necessary. From the Notch the terrain steepens to an angle of 40 degrees. Some more hands and feet rock moves are encountered. We use a rope for safety but no previous rock climbing training is required. The route tops out at Mt. Whitney’s summit plateau and a short 5 minute walk brings us to the top. We retrace our steps on the descent back to camp.

Day 3 is devoted to descending back to our cars usually arriving at Whitney Portal by lunchtime.

Personal Equipment List

CLOTHING

__ __ LIGHT OR MID WEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR TOP AND BOTTOM
__ __ PILE OR THICK WOOL SWEATER
__ __ SYNTHETIC CLIMBING PANTS
__ __ WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE JACKET
__ __ WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE PANTS
__ __ GAITERS
__ __ WOOL OR PILE CAP
__ __ FACE MASK OR BALACLAVA
__ __ PILE OR WOOL GLOVES
__ __ MOUNTAINEERING SOCKS
__ __ LINER SOCKS (OPTIONAL)
__ __ BASEBALL CAP
__ __ SHORTS
__ __ T-SHIRT

GEAR

__ __ *PACK- 4000+ cubic inch capacity
__ __ *SLEEPING BAG WITH STUFF SACK- rated to at least 20 degrees Fahrenheit
__ __ *SLEEPING PAD
__ __ *BOOTS- sturdy enough for off trail 3rd class terrain
__ __ *CLIMBING HARNESS
__ __ CARABINERS- two large pear shaped screw gate locking
__ __ *MOUNTAINEERING HELMET
__ __ *TREKKING POLES- with the baskets attached
__ __ *HEADLAMP- with new batteries and spare bulb
__ __ DARK GLASSES- with side shields and UV rated
__ __ TWO WATER BOTTLES- 1 liter wide mouth with a personalized identifying mark
__ __ POCKET KNIFE
__ __ SUNSCREEN- spf 15 minimum
__ __ LIP BALM- spf 15 minimum
__ __ EATING UTENSILS- bowl, insulated cup, spoon
__ __ CAMERA
__ __ PERSONAL LUNCH FOOD

*Items with an asterisk are available for rental from SMI.