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Mt. Whitney Current Conditions

Postby Fisching » Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:09 am

I have a friend who is leaving São Paulo for southern California this weekend and will be heading for Whitney. I looked at the recent trip reports for conditions, but the most recent is a month dated. Has anyone been up the Whitney Portal or Whitney trail recently? The information for her trip would be appreciated.
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Re: Mt. Whitney Current Conditions

Postby falcon568 » Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:38 am

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Re: Mt. Whitney Current Conditions

Postby jblyth » Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:25 pm

You might try Karthik, TheOtherIndian, he was just out there this weekend....it looked pretty dry in his summit shot.

The webcam for Whitney Portal shows very little snow the mountain http://www.whitneyportalstore.com/

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Re: Mt. Whitney Current Conditions

Postby TheOtherIndian » Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:49 pm

I was there last Sunday and did the main trail. Patches of snow easily passable up to trail camp. From trail camp to trail crest, continuous snow on the trail. Above trail crest, patches of continuous snow and some snow where the trail is a little exposed. Microspikes helped a lot. I suppose it is possible to get by without them, but it might make the hike a bit miserable, with already a long day.

I spoke to someone else who did some ice climbing on (near?) the mountaineer's route and they too said the conditions were similar and traction was needed.

[PS: Somehow everyone in California has a fetish for crampons. I saw people wearing crampons on the Class 1 trail and everyone mentioning the need for crampons (even if they used spikes!)]
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Re: Mt. Whitney Current Conditions

Postby jameseroni » Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:03 am

The reason everyone wears crampons is because most of them are big city mountaineers. Purely recreational in which we can hold nothing against, but often do not have the same expertise as those who make climbing a regular hobby. A lot of folks drive up from San Diego and may have no idea what to expect our what gear is needed so they carry everything.

I witnessed the same thing when Climbing the mountaineers route in spring this year. A lot of folks carrying way too much for just the standard trail.

Nothing against these folks, it's just not as "touch and go" as an activity for them as many who live much closer to the mountains. Also, Whitney is a super popular mountain among weekend enthusiasts as well.

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Re: Mt. Whitney Current Conditions

Postby TheOtherIndian » Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:01 pm

Thats a pretty good explanation. And I too was one such big city 'mountaineer' this last weekend. Feels it takes a lot of effort just getting to the TH from coast and a very different environment!
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Re: Mt. Whitney Current Conditions

Postby Fisching » Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:31 am

Thanks for the recent beta. She found it helpful.
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"The mind is always worried about consequences, but the heart knows no fear. The heart just does what it wants."

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