Album: Mount Whitney (7x) - Main Trail
- Outdoor Adventures
- Album Date
- 11/19/2005 12:00:00 AM
- Date Added
- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Reached John Muir Wilderness sign in 15 minutes (used old trail).
Watch out for clear ice on the trail -- very slippery
Approaching the lower section of the switchbacks. The winter trail to the snow slope is visible to the right.
Frozen pond at Trail Camp. There was no accessible water here. I got mine down at Trailside Meadow.
At this point I left the main trail and headed for the snow slope.
Looking up at the snow slope. The slightly smoother and darker patch of snow in the lower right is hard. To the left it is soft.
The switchbacks just above the cable section look a bit scary. I was glad I didn't go that way.
Taking a break on a rock halfway up the snow slope
Halfway up the snow was getting softer and deeper.
Snow was soft and deeper here. I sank in up to my waist a few times.
Discovery Pinnacle and the main trail near Trail Crest
Looking back at the main trail where it leads to Trail Crest
The snow on the trail was compressed into slippery ice in most places.
Mount Russell. South side is still almost entirely clear of snow.
There's only one register page at the hut right now (probably just enough room to finish out the year). Richard Piotrowski's entry appears prominently at the top of the page. His sea to summit adventure was a great accomplishment!
View to the west. Guitar Lake is visible in the lower right.