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TR: Climbing Mount Whitney’s Mountaineers Route 5/2015

Postby schmalz » Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:34 am

I finally had some time to compile some thoughts on this trip.

http://calitrails.com/2015/06/26/climbi ... ers-route/



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Re: Whitney Mountaineers Route 5/30

Postby Hobbes » Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:25 pm

Brian, sweet write-up and great photos.

Perhaps your TR deserves its own thread. Maybe Mav can move it to a stand-alone post if he thinks it's appropriate.
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Re: TR: Climbing Mount Whitney’s Mountaineers Route 5/2015

Postby ERIC » Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:33 pm

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TR: Climbing Mount Whitney’s Mountaineers Route 5/2015

Postby Hobbes » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:42 pm

Can I officially nominate the trail name "Real Deal" for Brian? It's wonderfully semi-ironic, because even though Brian is actually the real deal, that instant when he exclaimed "whoa, this is the real deal!" was a moment of honesty that shouldn't go unrewarded.

As for myself, my instincts were more visceral along the lines of "fvck", whereas Alex, our 3rd partner in crime, was determined not to let the team down. (And get this, he's a commercial helicopter pilot who's done airshows; you know, loopy-loops and stuff like that.) That's how rad that last section of the Final 400 was: crystal clear blue skies, a brisk alpine elevation, and pure white snow leading up to the summit plateau above while dropping straight off below.

Ryan called the conditions "Mountaineers Plus+". I guess we might have been a little dopey, because Brian, Ryan and myself were riffing on the "it goes to 11" from Spinaltap. Eventually, Ryan conceded the day/conditions were a "13": 11 as a base (ie perfect), 12 for the twin sun dogs radiating across the back of the mountain as we lunched at the Notch, and 13 for the glider which came silently whooshing by mere feet from the east buttress during our descent down to Iceberg.

PS And let it be recorded that I didn't say a thing about his momentary weakness in the Gully - that was the compact. But, I must correct his impression that going back down was an option. Nope, never was. We were going to stand there and rest until (a) you were ready to continue; or (b) haul (you &) your stuff up the Notch were you could stay behind. As it turned out, we only hung out for 2-3 minutes, then it was back to the task at hand. And as we know, after that very brief episode, he was fired up like nothing had ever happened. Which it didn't.
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Re: TR: Climbing Mount Whitney’s Mountaineers Route 5/2015

Postby Jimr » Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:22 pm

Amazing how a little shot of adrenaline can override everything else.
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Re: TR: Climbing Mount Whitney’s Mountaineers Route 5/2015

Postby ExploreABitMore » Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:22 pm

Nice trip report and lots of great photos in there. Cool blog too :thumbsup:
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Re: TR: Climbing Mount Whitney’s Mountaineers Route 5/2015

Postby sparky » Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:05 pm

wow....incredible photos...great story! Thanks for the read
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Re: TR: Climbing Mount Whitney’s Mountaineers Route 5/2015

Postby schmalz » Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:06 pm

Thanks everyone.

Regarding "The Real Deal", I'm not one to deny a nickname, but I'm not so sure that I'm as imposing as Evander Holyfield.
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Re: TR: Climbing Mount Whitney’s Mountaineers Route 5/2015

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:32 pm

Marvelous TR, and of course pictures, all except for that massive duck. :snipe:
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Re: TR: Climbing Mount Whitney’s Mountaineers Route 5/2015

Postby Mradford » Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:02 am

Awesome trip report and I love the photos, good to get a sense of the upper part of the hike. Thanks for posting!!
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Re: TR: Climbing Mount Whitney’s Mountaineers Route 5/2015

Postby Shawn » Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:47 am

Indeed a great TR and photos. Glad to see you overcame the nausea.
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