I'm not really big on writing, so here goes...a brief high sierra TR: Mt. Whitney East Face III 5.7
Seems we squeaked by in the last few nice days of fall before snow hit the southern Sierra Nevada. Dan and I spent a night acclimating around 8000' near Mammoth then drove south to the visitor's center in Lone Pine to get our Whitney Zone permit. Whitney's summit is only 11,000' feet above the town, so no big deal. We packed in about 50 lbs each. 3000 vertical to upper boyscout lake where we camped. Monday 9/30 we head to iceberg lake for water, then hit the lower slopes up to the notch behind the first tower on the east face. The east face is a great climb but watch for loose rock all over the place. Not a good place to be below other parties but luckily we were alone on the wall. A couple times pebbles whizzed by my head sounding like bullet ricochet. A slightly overhanging chimney up high on the route was the crux. Awesome exposure and outstanding rock. Turned out to be about 12 hours from basecamp back to basecamp. Broke camp and hiked out the next day. Best climb yet. Had a few more photos but couldn't figure out how to upload more than 30. Enjoy.
Fresh air traverse:http://youtu.be/KPL4T_LTqi8
Mt Whitney's East Face.
dirtbagging outside Mammoth
checking out of our dirtbag site
cruising south on 395
America! F@*% yea.
start of the Ebersbacher ledges
above the ledges
lower boyscout lake
sunset at upper boyscout
high winds but clear skies
Is there anybody out there?
rocks on fire
fueling for the big day
scrambling above iceberg lake
flaking and thinking of 100% commitment
first pitch: tower traverse
Dan belaying from the washboard
shady and cold above the washboard
lunch with a view
ahhhh....fresh air traverse
It's only 2000 feet down bro
cold and tattered but finally back in the sun
nearing the summit
13 pitches and 6.5 hours