Seeking ideas for a winter trip above Whitney Portal

Discussion about winter adventure sports in the Sierra Nevada mountains including but not limited to; winter backpacking and camping, mountaineering, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc.
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Re: Seeking ideas for a winter trip above Whitney Portal

Post by Gazelle » Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:12 pm

Yes that is Gamblers special! From what I can tell by whitney dogs are allowed to the park boundary! I have seen dogs up high last year not saying they should be there but I believe they are allowed. I went with people in 2008? And they went to trail crest with their dog. I could send pictures of up to gamblers just take a right at lower boyscout!


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Re: Seeking ideas for a winter trip above Whitney Portal

Post by Harlen » Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:44 pm

Thanks for at least giving me and Bear hope Gazelle; I'll sort the dog question out with a call to the Lonepine USFS office Monday. Gambler's Peak does look pretty nice, but I am also really taken with that view from the summit of Carillon! If dogs are cool in there, that's where I'll head; if not, I may well head up to Big Pine Creek and that Cloudripper. https://www.peakbagger.com/peak.aspx?pid=2742
Looks pretty straight forward from the eastern ridge line, yes? What you think of skiing in there? Now that I've seen Commonloon Paul's nice video clip of Henry skiing on the Palisade Glacier, I want to go in there on skis not snow-shoes! Quien sabe?
Thanks a lot for the good advice HST folks!

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Re: Seeking ideas for a winter trip above Whitney Portal

Post by Harlen » Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:02 pm

Gazelle wrote:
Discovery pinnacle is some good views!
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Pinnacle Ridge Top


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View west
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Re: Seeking ideas for a winter trip above Whitney Portal

Post by commonloon » Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:45 am

Carillon will surely be epic as well. The view of a snow-covered Lake Tulainyo, Russel and The Cleaver (loved that climb!), and Whitney East should be well worth it. Please do share when you get back, no matter where you end up.

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Re: Seeking ideas for a winter trip above Whitney Portal

Post by Harlen » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:18 am

I wrote: [to the USFS Mt. Whitney Ranger Station website]
I assume I can enter the Lonepine Creek area above Whitney Portal with my dog as long as he is supervised at all times, and on a 6' leash. Is this still the case? Is it required that I pack out all of his poop?
I hope to get the final word via this site, but this morning I was told by a staff person, who then checked with her supervisor, that I could take Bear into the Whitney area as far as the main divide. She thought that I would have to pack out his poop as well, which I am looking forward to- one of the new joys of hiking around the Whitney area.

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Whitney and Russell from below Discovery Pinnacle. This photo seems to show that the high route between Iceberg Lake and the south end of the basin will be manageable for man and dog. That's another way to cross the basin, besides the one west of Thor.
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Re: Seeking ideas for a winter trip above Whitney Portal

Post by overheadx2 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:23 pm

Im not a climber, but what about the peaks like Irvine, Mallory and the easy Candlelight Peak south of Whitney out of Meysan lake.

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Re: Seeking ideas for a winter trip above Whitney Portal

Post by Gazelle » Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:33 pm

The chutes up to mallory plateau could be scary right now ice left over from last year and it is not easy when dry, but also nice area! more snow would make it quite enjoyable! Actually planning on it in the spring
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Re: Seeking ideas for a winter trip above Whitney Portal

Post by ironmike » Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:53 pm

Harlen wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:18 am
This photo seems to show that the high route between Iceberg Lake and the south end of the basin will be manageable for man and dog. That's another way to cross the basin, besides the one west of Thor.
If you’re talking about crossing over from Iceberg to Trail Camp ( or vice versa), I think you have to traverse Pinnacle Ridge, which is fairly easy Class 2-3. Not sure how dogs would fare. Not sure how the traverse holds up in winter.

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Re: Seeking ideas for a winter trip above Whitney Portal

Post by Gazelle » Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:00 pm

the other side of the ridge from part of the way down from russell
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Re: Seeking ideas for a winter trip above Whitney Portal

Post by Gazelle » Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:13 pm

and from top of thor
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