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Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby calicokat » Fri May 03, 2013 8:46 am

Patrick (Lilbitmo) and I dayhiked Mt. Whitney and several needles & pinnacles last Friday (April 27th). We went up the Main Trail and down the Mountaineers Route. Here are some photos....they are all here: http://calicokat.smugmug.com/Hiking/Sie ... &k=Qnh7nRJ

First Light On A Couple Needles We Are After
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The Slope & Cable Route (Both Were Being Used Succefully)
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Trail Crest Slope
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Trail Crest Slope
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One Of The Best Views In All The Sierra Nevada
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Whitney Pass, Mt. Langley, Le Conte, Crabtree Pass From Discovery Pinnacle
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Lakes Are Thawing
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The Switchbacks & Trail Crest Slope From Mt. Muir
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Downclimbing Mt. Muir
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Make Your Knees Weak Exposure From Summit Of Keeler Needle
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Coming Down Off Keeler Needle
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My 21st Time On The Summit Of Mt. Whitney :)
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Starting Down The "Final 400"
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"Final 400"
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Dry Conditions In "Final 400"
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Heading Over To The Main MR Chute
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Top Of The Chute Is Dry
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Bottom Was A Mess, Icy In The Middle, Posthole Nightmare Closer To Iceberg Lake
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Last Rays Of Sunshine On Thor Peak
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Ice Fall Melting Fast
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Our Route For The Day: 15.0 Miles, +7,600'
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby maverick » Fri May 03, 2013 9:42 am

Hi Calicokat,

Great first TR and kool pictures! Thanks for taking the time to put it together and post it here!
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby texan » Fri May 03, 2013 11:03 am

Thanks for sharing the great TR. There not much snow up there!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby quietone » Fri May 03, 2013 3:46 pm

sweet, thanks for the report
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby maverick » Fri May 03, 2013 4:03 pm

Hi Quietone,

Welcome to HST! Hope you become a contributing member in the future. :)
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby The hermit » Fri May 03, 2013 10:37 pm

Grear report. Some of the best perspective on the MR ive seen(ive been lurking on the whitney zone for the last year). Thanks!
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby ExploreABitMore » Sat May 04, 2013 5:19 pm

How was the snow between ice berg lake and the portals on the MR side? I'm guessing not much?

Nice photos!
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby KathyW » Sun May 05, 2013 8:53 pm

Great photo report - thanks for sharing.
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby Mradford » Mon May 13, 2013 12:46 pm

Great trip report. Thanks for posting. Crazy how little snow was up there in April!
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby Jim F » Mon May 13, 2013 7:50 pm

UPDATE on MT & MR CONDITIONS for those heading up soon:

I hiked up the Mountain yesterday (Sunday May 12). The several days of snowfall last week have left much more snow on Mt Whitney compared to April 27. (Thanks for that excellent report!)Yesterday no party was seen on the switchbacks on the MT. There was nearly continuous snow from Trail Crest to the summit plateau with a well established boot track (except from behind the Keeler needle to the plateau). The scramble route up Muir had patches of snow.

Yesterday there was much more snow in the MR above East Face Lake. The final 400' chute had quite a bit of snow.

As usual, at the end of a long day the refreshment and good company at the Whitney Portal Store was appreciated.

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