Mt Whitney via Whitney Trail — December 3–4, 2016
For some crazy reason, decided to summit Mt Whitney in the middle of winter. Pretty sketchy and cold, but we made it. First time at the top for me. Great way to conclude my first proper year of mountaineering.
Whitney Portal — Trailhead — Covered in snow, no cars anywhere Sunset at Outpost Camp around 5pm First light as we approached the 99 Switchbacks Beautiful sky this clear December morning Sunlight came super fast in the morning Alpine Glow illuminating nearby peaks Lots of snow on the cable section of the 99 Switchbacks Morning light really started to shine here Crampons on, staring down a steep chute Relief after passing the sketchiest part of the climb. Was using a self belay with the Ice Axe to ensure I didn’t slip. Approaching Trail Crest Struggling to catch a breath and feel my fingers On the final 1,000' of the climb. Oxygen deprived, slow and painful moving. Also super cold Jagged rock piles every Whitney hiker knows Massive landscape, hard to put into words Proof we made it Summit Hut Summit Hut 2 Neighboring Peaks in the distance Obligatory summit photo, quickest photo of our lives. Headed back down immediately after