Album: Mount Whitney (15x) - Main Trail
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- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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North Fork Lone Pine Creek crossing (water flowing but an icy crossing). 8:38am.
Thor Peak -- always an impressive sight from this side. Courtney Pursell and I did the Stemwinder route up the face earlier this year.
Crossing the frozen creek at Outpost Camp. Watch your step!
Vandals burning the remains of the restroom. Ok, they're not vandals. They're forest service employees.
Smoke from the burning remains of the restroom at Outpost Camp. Two fellows we talked to said the flames the day before were 80 feet high. That must have been a sight.
Trailside Meadow. 11:27am. The meadow was completely frozen except for a couple breaks in the ice that were sufficient to dip water bottles in. This was the last running water source we had.
A short distance up the switchbacks we vear off to an old trail on the right
The slope up to Trail Crest. This is a good way to go (sometimes).
Hey, maybe this mixture of snow and loose scree would be better. Maybe not.
Might be hard to believe but it took us another hour and a half to ascend the snow you see in this photo!
We can now see the Trail Crest Sign. Tantalizing close, yet it would still take us another 21 minutes of struggling to get there.
Richard looks up to Trail Crest. So close, but a struggle to the end.
Almost up to Trail Crest. What you can't see here is that there is a steep layer of solid ice six inches under the powder.
We found a gap between the hidden ice and the rock face. In the gap we found stable footing.
Richard at Trail Crest. We rested and warmed up in the little sun we had remaining.
Orange glow begins to deepen as sunset approaches
Richard on the trail below the crest at sunset. A crow flies in the background.
Now in darkness we slowly make our way to the summit
Finally, we arrive at our accomodations for the night on the summit of Mount Whitney. 6:15pm.
The deluxe room (or rather the only room available). Too bad it doesn't have a hot shower. A mouse was happy to see us and inspected our gear during the night.
8:35am. We slowly pack up, melt water, and prepare to leave.
The Kaweahs. I dayhiked the Black Kaweah earlier this year with Bob Burd and Matthew Holliman.
Richard absorbs some warmth from the sun. 20 deg F.
We signed in just before leaving. My previous signature was the last one since the weekend before.
Looking down at the snow slope below Trail Crest
A little exposure and fresh snow but good enough footing
Nearing the cables. Footing was good. All ice was covered by sufficient snow.
Someone left some shoes. Probably from the couple we passed above the cables.
Exceptional shot of Mount Muir. This is probably the best one of Muir I've taken.
Wotan's Throne as seen from Trail Camp. 11:27am.
Not a good shot because of the distance, but a coyote (photo center) was ascending to Consultation Lake
A shot of the lower section of the Stemwinder route on Thor Peak
Just above Lone Pine Lake. Time for a break in the warm sun.
Sure doesn't look like December does it? It was surprisingly warm in the mid-afternoon.
The two of us back at the trailhead. 2:17pm. The Pizza Factor awaits! Temp at the Portal was 33F (the same as when we started).