Album: Mount Whitney (19x) - North Face


Category
Outdoor Adventures
Album Date
4/28/2007 12:00:00 AM
Date Added
1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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4/28/2007 4:03:19 AM
Whitney Trailhead. 4:03am. 
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4/28/2007 4:28:28 AM
 
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4/28/2007 4:40:32 AM
 
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4/28/2007 4:55:47 AM
 
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4/28/2007 4:59:57 AM
I finally catch up with Tina at the E-Ledges. 5:00am. 
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4/28/2007 5:00:07 AM
The tree at the E-Ledges 
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4/28/2007 5:33:14 AM
Lower Boy Scout Lake. 5:33am. 
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4/28/2007 6:01:56 AM
 
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4/28/2007 6:02:16 AM
 
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4/28/2007 6:04:00 AM
 
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4/28/2007 6:08:26 AM
 
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4/28/2007 6:56:20 AM
Upper Boy Scout Lake. 6:56am. 
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4/28/2007 6:57:32 AM
 
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4/28/2007 7:07:31 AM
Above Upper Boy Scout Lake 
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4/28/2007 7:16:55 AM
 
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4/28/2007 8:16:05 AM
 
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4/28/2007 8:16:12 AM
Tina (right) and a group descending down from Iceberg Lake 
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4/28/2007 8:21:03 AM
 
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4/28/2007 8:21:10 AM
Odd this didn't seem scary ... must be the camera angle 
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4/28/2007 8:21:12 AM
 
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4/28/2007 8:25:06 AM
 
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4/28/2007 8:51:34 AM
Fantastic group at Iceberg Lake! Chris, Richard, Mike, Tom Tina, & Rick G. 8:51am. 
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Richard, Tina, Chris, & Mike 
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4/28/2007 8:59:17 AM
 
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We were terrified of the ferocious Sierra sparrow. We were aware of the recent reports of attacks by these vicious predators. 
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4/28/2007 9:10:01 AM
What female can resist Richard's charm 
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4/28/2007 9:19:04 AM
 
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4/28/2007 9:27:59 AM
Looking over to the Whitney/Russell Pass 
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4/28/2007 9:28:03 AM
 
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4/28/2007 9:40:11 AM
Heading for the Whitney/Russell pass 
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Lots of postholing on the way up from Iceberg to the Whitney/Russell pass ... at least Tina's still smiling. 
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4/28/2007 9:55:44 AM
Oh thank god! Scree at last! Oh wait, what am I saying? 
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4/28/2007 10:01:40 AM
Mount Russell as seen from Whitney/Russell pass. 10:01am. 
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4/28/2007 10:06:50 AM
The North Face as seen from Whitney/Russell pass 
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4/28/2007 10:24:29 AM
 
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Postholing and scree while traversing the North Face 
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4/28/2007 10:24:38 AM
 
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4/28/2007 10:44:57 AM
 
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4/28/2007 11:01:39 AM
 
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Once we were further up this steep granite slab would be our fate if we slipped ... perhaps not as bad as going over a cliff but still not too pleasant 
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4/28/2007 11:06:42 AM
Cliffs below the "Notch" 
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4/28/2007 11:13:25 AM
Here we followed the snow up in the center of the photo, crossed another rib, and continued up the next run 
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4/28/2007 11:13:27 AM
 
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Tina in front of a gendarme on one of the ribs 
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4/28/2007 11:17:51 AM
A few moments of fun on one of the ribs 
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Slope angle increasing. Now things are getting interesting. 
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4/28/2007 11:32:00 AM
We zig-zag here to stay on snow 
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4/28/2007 11:39:16 AM
Good kickstepping conditions to this point 
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4/28/2007 11:39:19 AM
Here we traversed right and up on thin snow 
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Looking back down 
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Traversing between obstacles. Watch your step! 
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Summit looks deceptively close in this photo (camera illusion). It took another 3 and half hours to summit from this point. 
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In this region we had about 8 to 16 inches of soft snow on top of smooth granite 
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Soft surface snow became thinner at this point and we kept hitting either ice or granite 5 or 6 inches below 
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4/28/2007 12:10:17 PM
 
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4/28/2007 12:10:49 PM
Mount Russell 
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After a failed attempt to climb the unstable rock in the upper left we downclimbed back to a safe position and considered our options 
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4/28/2007 2:22:20 PM
Seems a bit steeper than I remembered! 
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4/28/2007 2:22:29 PM
In this region the soft surface snow (on top of solid ice) was uncomfortably thin 
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4/28/2007 2:30:46 PM
 
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Big Smile! 
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4/28/2007 2:30:50 PM
 
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Looking back down from where we came 
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Slope angle. This is powder on top of hard ice. 
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Mike & Rick G were observing us from above 
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Boilerplate ice 
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The sharpened front points of my crampons simply bounced right off this boilerplate ice. Fortunately we were able to traverse under this to the right. 
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Traversing right (west) to avoid the ice guarding the summit 
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2 more steps and you're safe! 
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Top of the North Face 
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Mike & Rick G 
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Summit hut. 3:26pm. 
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Summit! 3:26pm. 
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Damn REI UL trekking poles were worthless! -- always collapsing or coming apart at the worst possible time 
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4/28/2007 3:29:51 PM
Tina on the summit of Mount Whitney 
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Tina & I on Mount Whitney 
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Looking down at Iceberg Lake 
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Leaving the summit. 4:08pm. 
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The classic shot. Keeler Needle. 
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Trail Crest 
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Tina does some glissading 
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Trail Camp 
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Outpost Camp. 8:11pm. 
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Log crossing. 8:43pm. 
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North Fork junction. 9:51pm.