Album: Mount Whitney (5x) - Mountaineers Route


Category
Outdoor Adventures
Description
A hike up to Mount Whitney via the Mountaineers Route (4/15/05 - 4/17/05)
Album Date
4/16/2005 12:00:00 AM
Date Added
1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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4/14/2005 9:52:19 PM
Here's most of what I packed. Starting pack weight was about 42 pounds. I'll definitely be trying to lighten that up next time. 
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4/15/2005 7:26:32 AM
Mount Whitney (as seen from near the Lone Pine Campground) 
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4/15/2005 8:42:55 AM
8:40am. Our trek begins. The dozer had created an impassable barricade of trees so we had to park down at the first switchback at 7100 feet. Ugh. That meant we would have 7400 feet of gain to reach the summit of Mount Whitney (and 2.5 miles just to reach the trailhead). 
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4/15/2005 8:43:25 AM
Here's the impassable berm of debris. It was gone when we came back down. 
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4/15/2005 8:55:45 AM
Lone Pine Peak 
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4/15/2005 8:55:53 AM
 
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4/15/2005 8:56:06 AM
Candlelight Peak 
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4/15/2005 9:01:10 AM
 
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4/15/2005 9:01:15 AM
 
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4/15/2005 9:01:24 AM
We'll be up there tommorrow. 
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4/15/2005 9:18:39 AM
This rock was too big for the bulldozer but fortunately it's not in the way. 
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4/15/2005 9:24:52 AM
 
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4/15/2005 9:24:59 AM
 
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4/15/2005 9:29:33 AM
 
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4/15/2005 9:53:29 AM
9:53am. Mount Whitney Trailhead 
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4/15/2005 10:09:44 AM
Taking a break at the trailhead. It was 2.5 miles and 1200 ft of gain from where we parked. 
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The three of us at the trailhead (Matt, Ben, Rick) 
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4/15/2005 10:15:09 AM
 
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4/15/2005 10:27:03 AM
First mile of the trail is almost entirely clear of snow (except around the trailhead) 
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4/15/2005 10:30:35 AM
Thor Peak as seen from the main trail 
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4/15/2005 10:39:10 AM
 
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4/15/2005 10:42:10 AM
 
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4/15/2005 10:42:19 AM
 
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4/15/2005 10:49:40 AM
10:49am. North Fork Lone Pine Creek 
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4/15/2005 10:49:47 AM
North Fork Lone Pine Creek crossing 
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4/15/2005 10:49:59 AM
Main trail beyond the creek crossing 
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4/15/2005 10:55:19 AM
The start of the North Fork trail 
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4/15/2005 11:29:01 AM
Time for crampons 
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4/15/2005 11:29:05 AM
North Fork Lone Pine Creek 
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4/15/2005 12:03:55 PM
Lots of snow in the North Fork 
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4/15/2005 12:03:59 PM
 
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4/15/2005 12:07:12 PM
 
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4/15/2005 12:20:43 PM
 
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4/15/2005 12:20:59 PM
The Ebersbacher Ledges - mostly clear of snow 
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4/15/2005 12:21:19 PM
 
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4/15/2005 12:49:21 PM
Matt. Hey. These packs are heavy! 
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4/15/2005 12:49:27 PM
 
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4/15/2005 12:49:43 PM
 
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4/15/2005 1:02:35 PM
Ben's a pack animal. He probably had the heaviest pack and was still leaving Matt and I well behind. 
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4/15/2005 1:02:41 PM
 
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4/15/2005 1:02:48 PM
Looking down at all the snow in the North Fork drainage 
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4/15/2005 1:03:14 PM
Looking down into the Owens Valley 
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4/15/2005 1:03:21 PM
The Owens Valley and the Alabama Hills 
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4/15/2005 1:03:34 PM
Looking down at the upper region of the Ebersbacher Ledges. 
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4/15/2005 1:13:35 PM
Whitney peaks into view 
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4/15/2005 1:26:38 PM
1:26pm. Lower Boy Scout Lake 
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4/15/2005 1:26:44 PM
 
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4/15/2005 1:27:03 PM
Next stop, Upper Boy Scout Lake. 
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4/15/2005 1:27:09 PM
Another 1000 feet of gain and we'll be at Upper Boy Scout Lake 
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4/15/2005 1:58:03 PM
A hungry bird. He was quite interested in what we were having for lunch. 
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4/15/2005 1:58:08 PM
Feed me 
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4/15/2005 1:58:10 PM
 
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4/15/2005 2:11:22 PM
Ok, we've eaten lunch. Now it's time for our final push up to UBSL. 
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4/15/2005 2:11:49 PM
 
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4/15/2005 2:14:53 PM
The Northeast slope of Thor Peak looks nice 
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4/15/2005 2:14:55 PM
 
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4/15/2005 2:17:48 PM
Leaving Lower Boy Scout Lake 
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4/15/2005 2:34:01 PM
On the way up to Upper Boyscout Lake. Snow is now becoming soft in the afternoon sun. 
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4/15/2005 2:34:09 PM
 
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4/15/2005 2:34:13 PM
Looking back at Lower Boy Scout Lake 
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4/15/2005 2:43:43 PM
 
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4/15/2005 2:43:54 PM
 
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4/15/2005 2:56:11 PM
Not too much further to Upper Boy Scout Lake, but dang this snow is getting soft! 
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4/15/2005 2:56:15 PM
Frozen ice above Clyde Meadow 
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4/15/2005 2:56:20 PM
Looking back at Thor Peak's NE slope 
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4/15/2005 2:56:28 PM
Frozen ice on the way to UBSL 
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4/15/2005 3:02:20 PM
Ice climbing anyone? 
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4/15/2005 3:06:03 PM
Finally, below UBSL we relunctantly put on our snowshoes for the final push to base camp (at UBSL). 
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4/15/2005 3:06:11 PM
View from below looking at the slope leading up to the Russell/Carillon saddle. Looks like you might be able to remain on snow all the saw to the saddle. 
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4/15/2005 3:06:24 PM
 
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4/15/2005 3:53:30 PM
 
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4/15/2005 3:53:37 PM
3:53pm. Upper Boyscout Lake 
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4/15/2005 3:53:42 PM
 
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4/15/2005 4:37:00 PM
4:37pm. Setting up base camp at UBSL 
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4/15/2005 5:01:16 PM
Sun dropping between crags 
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4/15/2005 5:01:23 PM
Mount Russell (as seen from UBSL) 
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4/15/2005 5:03:42 PM
Sun between crags above UBSL 
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4/15/2005 5:09:42 PM
 
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4/15/2005 5:09:52 PM
 
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4/15/2005 6:19:11 PM
6:19pm. My new Sierra Designs Solemente AST (4 season solo tent). This was my second time using it. It would again be blasted by high winds just as it was the first time. It survived just fine. 
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4/16/2005 6:04:54 AM
Day 2. 6:05am. 24 degrees F. Rising sun begins to color the sky. 
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4/16/2005 6:05:07 AM
 
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4/16/2005 6:14:25 AM
Sunrise over New York Butte (as seen from UBSL) 
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4/16/2005 6:14:33 AM
The rising sun colors the sky and reflects off the snow 
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4/16/2005 6:14:40 AM
 
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4/16/2005 6:14:47 AM
Sunrise at Upper Boyscout Lake 
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4/16/2005 6:14:59 AM
First rays of sunlight at Upper Boyscout Lake 
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4/16/2005 6:15:01 AM
 
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Beautiful orange hues relfected off the snow 
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4/16/2005 6:15:47 AM
 
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4/16/2005 6:16:03 AM
 
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4/16/2005 6:19:26 AM
 
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4/16/2005 6:19:32 AM
Sunrise over New York Butte 
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4/16/2005 7:05:45 AM
 
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7:06am. Leaving Upper Boy Scout Lake.  
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4/16/2005 7:22:38 AM
Up around the corner from UBSL our goal comes into view. 
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4/16/2005 7:41:34 AM
 
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Lone Pine Peak 
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4/16/2005 7:53:35 AM
 
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The Needles. Crooks Peak, Keeler Needle. 
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4/16/2005 7:53:59 AM
 
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4/16/2005 7:54:02 AM
 
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4/16/2005 7:54:09 AM
 
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Mount Whitney's Impressive East Face 
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4/16/2005 7:54:17 AM
 
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4/16/2005 7:55:13 AM
Matt 
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4/16/2005 7:55:19 AM
Matt and Ben 
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4/16/2005 8:03:16 AM
On the way up to Iceberg Lake 
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4/16/2005 8:05:13 AM
Getting closer to Iceberg Lake 
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4/16/2005 8:07:25 AM
 
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4/16/2005 8:11:16 AM
Gets a bit steeper below Iceberg Lake but only for a short distance 
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4/16/2005 8:14:09 AM
 
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4/16/2005 8:14:20 AM
Just a little further to Iceberg Lake. Mount Whitney looms before us. 
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4/16/2005 8:14:22 AM
 
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4/16/2005 8:24:37 AM
8:24am. Near Iceberg Lake. Climbers ahead of us. Several are going up. One is coming down. 
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4/16/2005 8:24:40 AM
 
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Climbers headed for the "Notch" 
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4/16/2005 8:24:53 AM
Iceberg Lake 
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4/16/2005 8:25:05 AM
Climbers heading up the Mountaineer's Route on Mount Whitney 
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4/16/2005 8:25:11 AM
At least one climber has a snowboard 
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4/16/2005 8:25:17 AM
Here's a good view of the route up to the Whitney Notch. 
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4/16/2005 8:25:25 AM
The "Notch" and Mountaineer's Route on Mount Whitney 
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4/16/2005 8:25:31 AM
Another view of Mount Whitney's East Face (as seen from Iceberg Lake) 
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4/16/2005 8:25:47 AM
Crooks Peak (left). Keeler Needle (center) 
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4/16/2005 8:25:56 AM
Snowboarder with Keeler Needle in the background 
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4/16/2005 8:44:32 AM
A group of 6 joins those heading to the summit 
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4/16/2005 8:44:36 AM
 
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Onward and upward to the Whitney Notch 
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4/16/2005 8:55:03 AM
 
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4/16/2005 8:55:21 AM
The group of 6 who passed us takes a break. 
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4/16/2005 9:05:14 AM
Ben and Matt on the way to the Notch. Helmets on. 
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4/16/2005 9:05:32 AM
Mount Russell (rear) 
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4/16/2005 9:05:46 AM
Mount Carillon (rear) 
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4/16/2005 9:05:52 AM
Closer view of Mount Carillon (rear) 
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4/16/2005 9:05:58 AM
Impressive view of Mount Russell 
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4/16/2005 9:06:06 AM
 
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4/16/2005 9:06:11 AM
 
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4/16/2005 9:22:23 AM
Now about a third to a half of the way up to the Notch 
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4/16/2005 9:22:32 AM
Ben, Matt, and other climbers heading up to the Notch. Iceberg Lake (frozen) is far below. 
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4/16/2005 9:22:36 AM
We'll take a break at that rock in chute. 
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4/16/2005 9:28:48 AM
Ben (top) and Matt (below) heading up to the Notch. This shot shows the typical slope angle that is present almost all the way up. 
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4/16/2005 9:28:50 AM
 
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4/16/2005 9:31:03 AM
Mount Carillon (left rear) and Iceberg Lake (below center) 
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4/16/2005 9:31:12 AM
Another shot of Mount Carillon. There's still good snow coverage on the plateau. 
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4/16/2005 9:55:44 AM
It just seems to go on and on 
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4/16/2005 10:00:09 AM
Ben. The chute begins to narrow. 
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4/16/2005 10:00:13 AM
Ben 
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4/16/2005 10:00:20 AM
 
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We managed to pass all the other climbers heading up. 
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4/16/2005 10:07:43 AM
Getting close to the Notch there are some bare spots with loose rock. 
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4/16/2005 10:12:04 AM
 
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4/16/2005 10:22:37 AM
10:22am. We arrive at the Whitney Notch. Matt (left). Ben (right). We decide to drop our packs here. This way we can maintain better balance and will have a better chance at self arrest. 
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4/16/2005 10:23:00 AM
 
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4/16/2005 10:23:03 AM
Ben and Matt at the Whitney Notch 
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4/16/2005 10:23:17 AM
Mount Russell (as seen from the Whitney Notch) 
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4/16/2005 10:23:30 AM
Mount Carillon (rear) and the Russell/Carillon saddle (left) 
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4/16/2005 10:23:41 AM
 
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4/16/2005 10:28:26 AM
First view of the traverse. Looks a bit daunting. A set of tracks is visible at the top of the snowfield. 
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4/16/2005 10:28:29 AM
Looking down Whitney's North Face. If you slip on the traverse this is where you'll go. It's a long way down. 
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4/16/2005 10:28:32 AM
First view of the chute above the Notch. 
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4/16/2005 10:28:38 AM
Closer view of the traverse. 
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4/16/2005 10:28:42 AM
 
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4/16/2005 10:28:44 AM
 
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4/16/2005 10:28:46 AM
This is the lower portion of the chute. No problem here. 
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4/16/2005 10:28:52 AM
Looking further up the chute. In the center of the photo is a small rock band (perhaps 20 feet at it's narrow point) that must be crossed. 
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4/16/2005 10:29:15 AM
Fantastic views into the backcountry from the Notch 
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4/16/2005 10:29:22 AM
 
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4/16/2005 10:45:17 AM
Great snow coverage in the chute. You can just make out the cornice on the top. You'll notice that the tracks divide half-way up. Some went left of the cornice. Some went to the right. We chose the left since it was slightly less steep. Everyone else went left too. 
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4/16/2005 10:45:30 AM
Two paths up the chute. I should have been different and went up the middle. Maybe next time. 
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4/16/2005 10:45:47 AM
Matt and Ben crossing the thin rock band. This is a bit awkward with crampons on. 
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4/16/2005 10:45:53 AM
 
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4/16/2005 10:46:10 AM
 
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4/16/2005 10:46:16 AM
Matt regains snow above the rock band. 
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4/16/2005 10:49:56 AM
Existing steps in the chute 
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4/16/2005 10:50:03 AM
Inside the chute. This shot gives you some idea of the angle. It might be slightly exaggerated by this shot but it is steep. 
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4/16/2005 10:50:16 AM
Matt and Ben heading up the chute. 
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4/16/2005 10:55:44 AM
Getting closer to the top left of the chute. 
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4/16/2005 10:55:51 AM
Good view of the cornice at the top of chute. The two paths up bypassed it by going to the left and right of it. 
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4/16/2005 10:56:17 AM
Looking down the chute. 
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4/16/2005 10:59:35 AM
 
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Approaching the top of the chute to the left of the obvious cornice. 
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4/16/2005 10:59:46 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:00:18 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:03:49 AM
Matt tops out. 
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4/16/2005 11:03:51 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:03:57 AM
Ah, safe at last. 
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4/16/2005 11:04:11 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:04:17 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:04:23 AM
Ben negotiates the top of the chute 
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4/16/2005 11:04:27 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:04:35 AM
Victory 
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4/16/2005 11:04:41 AM
We pop up near the latrine not far from the summit. 
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4/16/2005 11:06:03 AM
Mount Whitney's summit hut. 
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4/16/2005 11:08:11 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:08:26 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:09:43 AM
The door to the hut is off it's hinges. Snow inside is piled up to within 6 inches of the ceiling. 
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4/16/2005 11:09:54 AM
Snow inside is piled up to within 6 inches of the ceiling. No room here for a bivy. 
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4/16/2005 11:10:06 AM
Just a few more steps. 
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4/16/2005 11:10:39 AM
11:10am. We stand on the summit. Matt (left). Ben (right). 
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4/16/2005 11:10:46 AM
Matt assumes the horizontal position. 
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4/16/2005 11:11:45 AM
Looking down over the edge of the summit. 
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4/16/2005 11:11:55 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:12:01 AM
Mount Russell 
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4/16/2005 11:12:14 AM
Mount Williamson (easily identified by the two "horns" or sub-peaks to the right of the higher summit). 
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4/16/2005 11:12:20 AM
Lone Pine Peak 
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4/16/2005 11:12:27 AM
Mount Langley (rear) 
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4/16/2005 11:12:48 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:13:45 AM
The Keeler Needle 
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Keeler Needle 
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4/16/2005 11:14:07 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:14:41 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:14:50 AM
Looking down toward Trail Camp from the summit of Mount Whitney 
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4/16/2005 11:14:53 AM
Looking toward the upper switchbacks from the summit of Mount Whitney 
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4/16/2005 11:14:56 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:15:10 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:15:17 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:16:01 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:19:25 AM
Obligatory summit photo. Rick, Ben, Matt. 
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4/16/2005 11:22:05 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:28:42 AM
Ben signs the register. 
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4/16/2005 11:28:56 AM
Over the years a large number of lightening rods have been added to the summit hut, but people still get fried. 
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4/16/2005 11:32:37 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:32:53 AM
Hard to see, but Richard Ferrari's name is at the bottom of this torn register page. Sadly, Richard fell while descending and was killed. Weather may have played a part. The page behind this one has Patrick Wang's entry. He too died from a fall in the upper chute. 
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4/16/2005 11:32:53 AM
Another hungry bird. 
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4/16/2005 11:50:05 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:50:15 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:50:53 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:50:58 AM
Keeler Needle 
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4/16/2005 11:51:00 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:51:04 AM
 
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4/16/2005 11:51:04 AM
Our register entries. Another climber's entry, Patrick Wang, appears on the third line of this page. It was very sobering to realize that this was the last register that he would ever sign. He too, like Richard Ferrari, fell while descending. This makes two tragic deaths so far this year. 
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4/16/2005 11:57:23 AM
Time to head down. We decide to wait for the other climbers who are coming up. 
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4/16/2005 11:57:26 AM
Another shot of the cornice at the top of the chute. 
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4/16/2005 11:57:38 AM
Four climbers on the way up the chute. 
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4/16/2005 12:01:35 PM
Mount Williamson 
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4/16/2005 12:01:40 PM
Mount Russell (as seen from the top of the chute) 
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4/16/2005 12:01:45 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:01:52 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:05:24 PM
Two climbers wait at the Notch below. 
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4/16/2005 12:05:51 PM
12:05pm. We wait at the top of the chute. 
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4/16/2005 12:06:14 PM
Climbers heading up the chute above the notch 
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4/16/2005 12:06:17 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:06:24 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:06:27 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:06:36 PM
Climbers ascending the chute 
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4/16/2005 12:06:38 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:06:49 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:06:51 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:07:20 PM
This is a shot looking down the second chute from the Notch. It looked like a set of footprints may have been present, though it's possible it could just be due to rockfall. 
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4/16/2005 12:07:27 PM
Another shot looking down the second chute from the Notch. 
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4/16/2005 12:07:40 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:15:52 PM
The chute now clear we head down (facing the slope). 
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4/16/2005 12:23:15 PM
Descending the same way we came up. 
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4/16/2005 12:23:20 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:28:12 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:28:18 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:36:48 PM
Matt and Ben downclimbing. I guess I was a little fast on the descent. No I did not glissade. 
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4/16/2005 12:36:51 PM
If you slip in the chute you'll probably go down the North Face which is visible here. 
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4/16/2005 12:36:54 PM
This is the narrow rock band that must be crossed in the chute. There were some loose rocks present at the top of the band. 
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4/16/2005 12:36:59 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:37:16 PM
Matt takes a look to see how much further it is to go. 
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4/16/2005 12:41:41 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:41:46 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:44:12 PM
Four other climbers now start their descent above us. 
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4/16/2005 12:44:18 PM
At about this point Matt (lower) was hit in the head by rock or icefall from above. Fortunately he was wearing a helmet (as all three of us were) and was only briefly stunned. 
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4/16/2005 12:56:32 PM
Ben (middle) carefully crosses the rock band. Matt (lower) is nearly down. 
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4/16/2005 12:56:42 PM
 
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4/16/2005 12:56:52 PM
Back to the Notch and looking again at the traverse. 
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4/16/2005 1:05:04 PM
Two climbers decided to descend back to the Notch via the traverse. 
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4/16/2005 1:05:12 PM
Two climbers on the traverse. 
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4/16/2005 1:05:42 PM
Two climbers on the steep part of the traverse. 
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4/16/2005 1:05:55 PM
Don't slip here. 
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4/16/2005 1:06:27 PM
At this point I was getting a bit nervous photographing these two climbers. Would this be their last photo? 
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4/16/2005 1:07:42 PM
Hmmmm. A tricky spot. 
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4/16/2005 1:07:51 PM
At this point I think the lower climber uttered something like "whoops". I think I skipped a heart beat. 
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4/16/2005 1:08:21 PM
Whew! Almost safe. 
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4/16/2005 1:27:19 PM
Ok, now it's time to descend from the Notch back to Iceberg Lake. 
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4/16/2005 1:56:48 PM
 
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4/16/2005 1:56:55 PM
Ben and Matt on their way down 
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4/16/2005 2:06:41 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:06:44 PM
Matt attempts a glissade. We were only able to glissade some of the lower part of the slope due to hard spots up higher in the shady spots. 
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4/16/2005 2:06:51 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:11:12 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:11:19 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:11:24 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:11:36 PM
2:11pm. Back down near Iceberg Lake. Time for lunch! 
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4/16/2005 2:14:34 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:14:42 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:14:49 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:14:52 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:34:57 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:35:05 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:35:11 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:55:07 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:55:13 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:55:16 PM
 
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4/16/2005 2:55:25 PM
 
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4/16/2005 3:00:49 PM
I believe this was camp for a guided group. 
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4/16/2005 3:00:55 PM
This camp was located halfway between Upper Boy Scout Lake and Icerberg Lake. I wonder if their night was as windy and unpleasant as ours. 
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4/16/2005 3:01:07 PM
Parting shot of Mount Whitney 
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4/16/2005 3:18:12 PM
3:18pm. We arrive back at our camp at UBSL. It's very hot now and there's no shade. 
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4/16/2005 3:18:25 PM
Upper Boy Scout Lake 
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4/16/2005 3:24:20 PM
My Sieras Designs Solemente tent. I brought a snow saw and had grand dillusions of constructing a castle from blocks of snow. Silly me. That's too much work! This pitiful start is as far as I got. 
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4/16/2005 3:24:26 PM
 
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4/16/2005 3:52:09 PM
The group of six packs up and heads out - postholing all the way. 
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4/17/2005 8:18:21 AM
Day 3. 8:18am. We're packed up and heading down. There was a ferocious wind all night that threatened to rip out tents to shreads. We got no sleep. Morning temp: 30 degrees F. 
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4/17/2005 8:18:28 AM
 
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4/17/2005 8:18:42 AM
 
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4/17/2005 8:23:21 AM
 
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4/17/2005 8:23:31 AM
Lower Boy Scout Lake 
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4/17/2005 8:41:53 AM
Snowboarders camped at Lower Boy Scout Lake. 
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4/17/2005 8:41:58 AM
 
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4/17/2005 8:55:26 AM
Here's another shot at the start of the Ebersbacher Ledges. 
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4/17/2005 8:55:30 AM
Start of the Ebersbacher Ledges. 
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4/17/2005 8:57:38 AM
 
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4/17/2005 9:05:26 AM
This lower snow bridge over the creek is getting a little thin. 
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4/17/2005 9:20:08 AM
9:20am. We've made good progess and take a break once we reach the main trail. We take off our crampons which we had used all the way down from UBSL. Snow was already getting soft but we decided not to mess with the snowshoes today. 
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4/17/2005 9:36:04 AM
 
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4/17/2005 9:36:12 AM
 
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4/17/2005 9:36:16 AM
Clear trail at last! 
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4/17/2005 9:41:15 AM
Just a little further down to the Portal. Thor Peak is visible in the background. 
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4/17/2005 9:41:41 AM
 
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4/17/2005 9:47:41 AM
9:47am. We arrive back at the Whitney Trailhead. Whew! That was a lot of work. 
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4/17/2005 9:51:40 AM
The Mount Whitney Trailhead 
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4/17/2005 9:51:52 AM
 
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4/17/2005 9:51:52 AM
The three of us back at the trailhead (Ben, Matt, Rick). 
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4/17/2005 10:01:09 AM
On our way down we noticed the road had been plowed (one narrow lane only) almost all the way to the Portal's overflow parking area. 
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4/17/2005 10:02:10 AM
Two cars were parked near the overflow parking lot. We dropped our packs here, hiked the 2.5 miles down the road to our vehicle and then drove back up to retrieve our packs. 
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4/17/2005 10:06:49 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:07:28 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:07:38 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:07:44 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:09:32 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:11:15 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:11:26 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:13:20 AM
Meysan Lakes trailhead. 
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4/17/2005 10:14:48 AM
Meysan Lakes trailhead. 
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4/17/2005 10:14:54 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:17:05 AM
Here's the dozer that foiled our plans to park as close to the Portal as possible. We were just a day too early. He cleared the road probably not long after we had to hike past his barricade. 
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4/17/2005 10:17:26 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:20:44 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:20:54 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:22:59 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:24:15 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:29:30 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:29:33 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:29:38 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:29:40 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:29:48 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:29:51 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:29:57 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:31:48 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:33:27 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:34:02 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:34:35 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:34:45 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:35:03 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:35:10 AM
Looking down at vehicles parked in the lot at the base of the switchbacks. Thankfully we didn't have to park there, but we didn't get much further. 
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4/17/2005 10:35:15 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:36:18 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:37:07 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:40:42 AM
 
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4/17/2005 10:45:28 AM
10:45am. We arrive back where we parked (at the first switchback). 
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