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 Peak(s):  Mt Whitney - 14,505 feet
 Post Date:  10/11/2013
 Date Climbed:   09/30/2013
 Posted By:  tockelstein2005

 Mt. Whitney East Face       

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

Giant staircase:http://youtu.be/YeGoNu-QPo4

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Mt Whitney's East Face.

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dirtbagging outside Mammoth

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checking out of our dirtbag site

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cruising south on 395

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America! F@*% yea.

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start of the Ebersbacher ledges

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above the ledges

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lower boyscout lake

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slabs

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sunset at upper boyscout

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high winds but clear skies

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Is there anybody out there?

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rocks on fire

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fueling for the big day

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fantastic

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scrambling above iceberg lake

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flaking and thinking of 100% commitment

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first pitch: tower traverse

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Dan belaying from the washboard

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shady and cold above the washboard

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lunch with a view

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ahhhh....fresh air traverse

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It's only 2000 feet down bro

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cold and tattered but finally back in the sun

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nearing the summit

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13 pitches and 6.5 hours

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Mount Russell

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  • Comments or Questions
FireOnTheMountain



sweet!     2013-10-11 10:38:37
Doesn't seem too heinous a route. I should strive for this one!

Gotta love that crisp Sierra air and quality granite, nice work fellas.


Dave B


Awesome!     2013-10-11 10:56:26
Looks like such an awesome route, nice report and awesome pictures. Sadly this bums me out though. My wife and I had planned to do this route in July but an injury killed the trip, looks like we really missed out on an awesome route, that traverse looks fun!


nyker


Nice!     2013-10-11 20:59:27
Your comment made me laugh: ”Whitney's summit is only 11,000' feet above the town, so no big deal” This is one route on Whitney I haven't done. Cool pix!


lordhelmut


Image #30     2013-11-11 13:31:10
Awesome shot! 5 and 11 ain't too shabby either. Thanks for the Sierra TR and a cool route on Whitney to boot.



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