Album: Mount Whitney (24x) - East Buttress


Category
Outdoor Adventures
Album Date
8/3/2008 12:00:00 AM
Date Added
1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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8/2/2008 7:48:48 PM
Our rack. We cut this down by 3 cams. We brought 9 regular cams, 2 Link cams, 15 nuts, 29 wiregate biners, 6 short Mammut runners, 6 long Mammut runners, 6 locking biners, 2 nut tools, 2 cordalettes, 2 rap rings, 1 quicklink, and 30 ft of webbing. 
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8/3/2008 4:48:23 AM
Whitney Portal trailhead. 4:48am. 
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8/3/2008 5:06:20 AM
 
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8/3/2008 5:15:35 AM
 
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8/3/2008 5:33:27 AM
 
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8/3/2008 5:58:35 AM
Alpenglow on the Sierra Crest 
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8/3/2008 6:02:49 AM
 
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8/3/2008 6:04:04 AM
Alpenglow at Lower Boy Scout Lake 
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8/3/2008 6:04:23 AM
 
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8/3/2008 6:04:24 AM
 
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8/3/2008 6:40:13 AM
 
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8/3/2008 6:57:03 AM
Upper Boy Scout Lake. 6:57am. 
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8/3/2008 6:59:34 AM
 
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8/3/2008 7:12:22 AM
 
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8/3/2008 7:19:13 AM
 
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8/3/2008 8:01:59 AM
Mount Whitney (East Face) in all her glory 
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8/3/2008 8:04:45 AM
 
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8/3/2008 8:42:38 AM
8:42am. We make our way up to the East Buttress. 
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8/3/2008 8:42:42 AM
 
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Pretty blue Iceberg Lake 
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Starting our way up to the base of the East Buttress 
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Looking up at Mount Whitney's East Buttress 
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8/3/2008 9:00:04 AM
Iceberg Lake 
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Mount Russell 
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8/3/2008 9:08:44 AM
Mike at the foot of the East Buttress 
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Mount Whitney's East Face 
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Gearing up 
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Mike starts off the first pitch. 10:02am. 
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Looking down from the top of the 2nd pitch 
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8/3/2008 12:09:16 PM
On the East Buttress 
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Looking up at the East Buttress 
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8/3/2008 1:51:04 PM
 
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8/3/2008 3:07:58 PM
 
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8/3/2008 3:45:09 PM
 
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8/3/2008 3:45:13 PM
Approaching the PeeWee (the protruding block in the center of the photo) 
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8/3/2008 3:45:15 PM
 
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Looking up at the PeeWee from below 
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The bottom of the PeeWee (a unique feature along the route) is an intriguing piece of rock 
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Mike climbs up next to the PeeWee (right) 
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8/3/2008 5:03:56 PM
Woah. More than a little airy on this side. 
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Mount Whitney's East Face 
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8/3/2008 5:04:00 PM
 
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8/3/2008 5:32:05 PM
At this point we had a number of options. I ended up trying the crack/corner on the left but that turned into an offwidth. 
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8/3/2008 5:32:07 PM
Our last full pitch (5.6) went up here. I first tried a corner just off the right of the photo but it turned into an offwidth and I had no way to protect it. 
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8/3/2008 5:32:09 PM
 
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8/3/2008 7:04:13 PM
 
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An interesting rock next to where I belayed Mike for our last full pitch (we did one more very short pitch just below the summit) 
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Mostly 4th class now 
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Wow! We thought we were pretty much done until we rounded a corner and saw this. We still had a little work left to do. 
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Just above the East Face 
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The Needles 
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Running out of sun 
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On the summit at last. 8:06pm. 
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Descending the Mountaineers Route under dimming light 
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Cairn at the Notch. 8:35pm. 
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Iceberg Lake. 10:33pm. 
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Now after midnight we were getting pretty tierd 
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Finally, after a 21 hr day, we return to the Portal. 1:42am. 
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Last full pitch. The first half is just class 3/4. The middle has a 5.6 chimney. 
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Though late it was a beautiful time of day to be on Whitney's summit 
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Yellow: Class 2/3 approach to start of EB and EF routes. Red: The East Buttress