Mt. Whitney East Buttress

  • 04/26/2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • 04/28/2019
  • 10:00 PM
  • Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, CA
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Join MAA to climb the Sierra classic East Buttress route on Mt. Whitney. This is one of the best moderate alpine rock routes anywhere. We'll be going early season, expect snow on the route and the approach / descent. Participants will need to be experienced multi-pitch alpine trad leaders. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for up to three teams. Hope to have you out with us!

SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified by email. Thank you! 

EXPEDITION TRAINING: Confirmed members of the Bugaboos 2019 Expedition team will have priority RSVP on this date.

DETAILS:

  • What's happening: Mt. Whitney 14,500' East Buttress route, 5.7, steep snow approach / descent, probably snow on some of the first pitches. We'll be climbing with packs, crampons, mountain axe. 7-9 pitches, approx. 1,000' ascent. 3 days to allow for travel, weather contingency
  • Where to meet: Mt. Whitney campground or town of Lone Pine, TBD. We may collect a registration deposit to secure this ahead of time.
  • Event Leaders: Darren Shutt, 916-872-3399, darren@mountainascent.org, and Aaron Howse.
  • Minimum / Maximum: 4,8
  • What to bring: Rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 4 locking carabiners, slings, cordelette, prusik, crampons, ice axe, 15-30 liter climbing pack, approach shoes / boots compatible with your crampons, food, water, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, headlamp, trekking pole(s). Group gear such as rock protection, ropes, tents, stove, etc. will be decided at the trailhead. If you have something you can share please bring it. 
  • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
  • Refund policy: Full refunds allowed outside of 30 days from the event, no refunds possible closer than 30 days.

ITINERARY:

  • DAY 1, Friday, April 26th: Meet at Whitney Portal campground in the late afternoon. Logistics. 
  • DAY 2, Saturday, April 27th: Ascend north fork of Lone Pine creek trail to Basecamp at Upper Boy Scout Lake or Iceberg Lake.
  • DAY 3, Sunday, April 28th: Early start, climb route. Descend Mountaineer's route to basecamp, and continue back to trailhead.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • 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.



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