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Mount Whitney-Mountaineer's RouteSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Climbing avatar Feb 06 2011
Jim_H
Climbing14.00 Miles 7,400 AEG
Climbing14.00 Miles   16 Hrs   30 Mns   0.85 mph
7,400 ft AEG
Solo III  • 3rd  • 2000 Feet 4 Pitches
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Pro: A helmet of some sort is required. Lots of rock fall on the snow this day.
My arch nemesis, the wind, impacted my sleep the night before and I got a slow start. I parked above the first switchback at 7200, started at 715 and made really good time on great snow conditions. The North Fork is buried under 30 feet of it, and most of the snow is hard and crusty, or it was for me. I made UBSL in 3.5 hours and Iceberg in 5.75 hours. Fatigue was setting in by the time I made Iceberg Lake, but I think that is reasonable after 5000 feet. I moved slowly for the next couple of thousand feet and summited in under 8 and a half hours. Included in that time are numerous breaks, lunch, and about 30 minutes making water. I think I did well.

I spent about 60 minutes on the summit and started down. The conditions were great and the views fantastic. I love the way you can see a lot of the range, and California's features. The snow was not as good today as it was in 2009 and I went slowly for the initial descent to Iceberg. Below Iceberg, it was dark and the snow was ice. I stopped and had tea in the area above UBSL with some climbers who had done the East Buttress. After 45 minutes of water and tea, I started down. The stars were incredible and I stopped every so often to shut off my headlamp and look at them. I tried not to fall asleep when doing that. Descent with a light pack(20 lbs) is much easier than with a heavy pack, but the hard icy snow still works your legs, a lot, and after more than 7000 feet I was exhausted when I got back to my car. Car to car it was around 14 miles and 7400 feet in 16 hours 30 minutes. Probably 2 hours of summit, eating, resting, and making water could be subtracted, but it still took me the 16.5 hours to do this. I ate a can of baked beans, a tortilla, and put up my tent on the Portal Road and went to bed. It was a well deserved rest, I think.
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