Mt. Whitney East Buttress

  • 08/03/2020
  • 9:00 AM
  • 08/06/2020
  • 10:00 PM
  • Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, CA
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In order to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic this event is cancelled. Current RSVPs will be intact if it can be rescheduled. MAA will continue to monitor conditions and update event status accordingly.

Join MAA to climb the stellar East Buttress route on Mt. Whitney. This is one of the best moderate alpine rock routes anywhere. Participants will need to be experienced multi-pitch alpine trad leaders. We'll take 2 days to acclimatize so we're strong on summit day. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for up to two teams of three. 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! 


  • What's happening: Mt. Whitney 14,500' East Buttress route, 5.7. We'll be climbing with packs, crampons, mountain axe. Hard snow on the Mountaineers route on the descent. 7-9 pitches, approx. 1,000' ascent. 3 days to allow for travel, weather contingency
  • Where to meet: Whitney Portal trailhead, west of town of Lone Pine.
  • Event Leaders: Darren Shutt,
  • Minimum / Maximum: 3,6
  • What to bring: Rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 3 locking carabiners, slings, cordelette, prusik, lightweight 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. 
  • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals. 
  • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.


  • DAY 1 - Monday, August 3rd: Meet at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Center in Lone Pine at 8:00 a.m. to see how many walk-up permits we can acquire. Based on that outcome, between one and six people will drive up to Whitney Portal at 9:00 am, review logistics. Ascend the north fork of Lone Pine creek trail to establish MAA basecamp at Lower Boy Scout Lake. Review multi-pitch climbing techniques.
  • DAY 2, Tuesday, August 4th: Up to six more people meet at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Center in Lone Pine at 8:00 am. These teams will meet up at Whitney Portal at 9:00 am, review logisitics, then ascend to Iceberg Lake, set camp. The Monday team will also ascent to Iceberg Lake. All teams will rest, continue acclimatizing. 
  • DAY 3, Wednesday, August 5th: Start route at first light, climbing from 13,500 to the summit, topping out by early afternoon. Descend Mountaineer's route back to basecamp. Woohoo!
  • DAY 4, Thursday, August 6th: Break camp, descend all the way back to trailhead, drive home.


  • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited on this event, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.
  • This event is open to all Apex, Base, and free Associate members - paid membership is not a requirement of attendance. 
  • MAA is a 100% volunteer-run, federal and state recognized 501(c)7 not-for-profit membership organization and does not seek or realize a profit from organizing this event; all membership benefits, liability insurance, website, database, administrative costs and all expenses are supported solely through membership, not event fees.
  • MAA event leaders are experienced members who are board-approved and volunteer to host the event as a representative of MAA, but are not operating as a guide or compensated as a guide - all participants on the event share responsibility for the safety, decisions, and actions of the group.
  • Accordingly, the physical demands, required skills or technical terrain of some events require that we screen participants; individuals should join the waitlist to be considered for RSVP. The experience, skills and fitness in the MAA membership profile will be used to determine the suitability of each individual to the demands of that particular event.
  • Participant safety is our top priority. Many circumstances such as mountain conditions, weather, or subjective hazards may necessitate changes to the published itinerary, including cancellation.
  • As a private, non-commercial group we operate within the posted group size limits and regulations for this area.
  • All MAA members are taught and practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of wild places.
  • 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 at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

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