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Mount Whitney

Next to the highest peak in North America, the highest in the lower 48 may be the known and sometimes coveted by aspiring and expert climbers alike. I have been working on my Colorado 14ers for several years in between remote climbs, but I got the idea to start working on the California 14ers earlier this year and set out to climb the highest, Mount Whitney, first.

Whitney is so popular that there is a limit of 100 hikers/60 overnight per day and requires a permit between May 1 and November 1 via a lottery system. Not a big fan of planning or restrictions, I made my scheme to go in late April, after the big snows and before the lottery. The plan worked.

The trip report goes into detail on my successful climb and a few missteps along the way.

This is the link to the trip report.

Climb On!


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  12 Responses to “Summiting California’s Mt. Whitney”


    Well done Alan – looks like a great trip in Cali! I’m ready for 14er season!



    The lottery only applies to the regular route. Please let people know this, the best route, not the regular route, is the mountaineers route. Permits for this are available 6 months to the day before your climb.
    I love this mountain. I love Colorado Mountains. I don’t want Colorado climbers to get the wrong idea



    Great report Alan. Looks like a lot of fun.


    Great trip report and great meeting you. Hope to share another slope with you sometime. I’d like to have a copy of the pic of me on the descent of the final 400.


    Great summary. I want to get to that hut someday too.


    Good job Alan!


    MC, thanks again for your connections in making this happen – great people!


    Excellent TR and pix. The eastern Sierra covered in snow with cobalt blue skies. Add “good people”. It doesn’t get much better than that. 🙂


    Thanks Terry, it is still there!


    Hello Alan.

    Oh man was that a good report! I had planned to climb Mt. Whitney after the California Death Ride last year but I couldn’t make the logistics work with the permits. Reading your report makes me regret it that I didn’t try harder.


    Excellent write-up of your climb. Makes my feet itch for altitude.