I'm looking to climb the summit of Whitney in early march of this year. I've summited 14ers in Colorado before, and have made some gnarly winter climbs in the european alps. I was going to go up Whitney this year with a partner but he's no longer able to make the hike. I'm posting in a few climbing forums looking for someone who knows what they're doing and can handle a winter hike. I'm available to hike between 4 and 10 March; I can accommodate whatever works best for anyone interested. I'm anticipating a day and a half hike with an overnight on the trail, and cold/snow/all the good ol' winter conditions.
If you're interested and on the fence, I'm a nice guy and have been told I'm a good climbing partner. I grew up hiking in the mountains and its something I love doing.
If you're an experienced hiker then don't be afraid to go alone if you can't find a partner. I went down there a few years ago and solo'd it in a day. Great trip. Went up the mountaineer's route. The Sierra snowpack is 1/3 of normal this year, and that likely isn't going to change at this point. The mountain looks pretty bare on the webcam. I doubt there will be any avy danger.
Thank you for the input! I've been considering that option, and the fact that there is substantially less snow this year is a huge plus. I'll keep looking for a partner a while longer but will keep your suggestion in mind. Just out of curiosity, what time of the year did you go?
Hi, are you from that area? I want to climb mt whitney but I am afraid I am a bit busy to prepare for the trip so soon (flights and stuff). If you fly there, where do you land? I have some experience with snow and elevation, but not with driving
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