Join MAA members on Mt. Whitney to climb the classic Mountaineers Route. This popular climb involves 1,500 of steep snow climbing and 500' of Class 3 rock climbing to gain the 14,505 summit. It's a 3-day itinerary to climb the 6,000' total elevation and provide time to acclimatize and to accommodate for poor weather. Prior experience climbing steep snow and winter camping required. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!
SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience shown on their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified. Thank you!
What's happening: Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineers Route, starting from Whitney Portal 8,374' to 14,505'. Class 3, Grade III, steep snow and rock scrambling, with potential rappelling on the descent
Where to meet: Whitney Portal 8:00 am
Event Leader: Roger Coss (209) 815-3981, firstname.lastname@example.org
Minimum / Maximum: 4,10
What to bring: Warm, stormproof layers for upper and lower body. 2 pair socks and gloves, warm headwear, sunglasses, gaiters. Belay device, prusik, 2 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners, 2 runners, lightweight harness, helmet, warm mountain boots, crampons fit to your boots, mountain axe, headlamp, food for 2 nights / 3 days, waterbottles, spoon, cup, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking pole(s). Technical equipment such as rope, rock and snow protection, and stove, pots, fuel and tents may be supplied by MAA. Bring what you have of these items and we'll select the group gear. Plan for about 10 liters of space and up to 10 lbs for group gear.
Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
Additional Info: This event will be contingent upon acquiring an overnight permit from the Inyo NF.
- DAY 1: Meet and greet at Whitney Portal, sort gear and make preparations. Hike up Whitney trail to the Lone Pine Creek junction. Go up Lone Pine Creek trail to Ebersbacher Ledges (or if winter route is possible, stay in the creek bottom) and continue to Lower Boy Scout Lake. Potential camping spots are here to Upper Boy Scout Lake. Establish camp. Total elevation gain approx. 3,000'
- DAY 2: With a pre-dawn start, ascend snow/rock up to Iceberg Lake, then up the chute to the shelf at 14,000, then up to summit. Descend the same way. Ropes may need to be used for the ascent or the descent. Total elevation gain approx. 3,000'.
- DAY 3: Return to the trailhead. Or contingency for bad weather.
- In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
- Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
- This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
- Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
- The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
- MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.