Many thanks to Hobbes for leading the way up the spring route to Whitney last weekend. Bluebird skies on Friday and most of Saturday made for a great trip up!
Clear skies all the way to Whitney from Lone Pine:
Hobbes approaching Mirror Lake:
Shorts in the snow:
Late afternoon on the winter/spring route:
I went minimalist and cowboy camped at Trail Camp:
Hobbes opted for more deluxe accommodations:
This is a zoomed view of the Chute on Saturday morning (those tiny dots are people at the base of the chute):
This guy had a coat and two ice axes. . . and nothing else?
Getting much steeper near the top:
Hobbes is the second person below in this one:
Trail conditions on the west side:
Frozen Guitar Lake:
It got cloudy and cold in the afternoon and we chased the shadows down the chute, hoping to stay off the hardening snow in the shade. By the time we finally made it back to camp we were exhausted but satisfied. It was a great day.
We met Lauren and Jordan on the summit and had some fun teaching them about how to carry their ice axes without getting hurt. Jordan posted on FB, " I’ll be sure to spread the ice axe knowledge far and wide!". Here they are on the way down:
This was the 8th time for Hobbes and my 4th time on the summit:
We have been lucky the last few years with weather conditions in the Spring. It was a beautiful day to summit on Saturday. Someone posted on FB that by Sunday the heavy 40 mph winds at Trail Camp shredded their tent and sent it flying a few hundred yards down the mountain