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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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 Whitney Portal at 9:00 am, logistics. Ascend the north fork of Lone Pine creek trail to basecamp at Lower Boy Scout Lake. Review multi-pitch climbing techniques.
  • DAY 2, Tuesday, April 28th: Continue ascending to Iceberg Lake, set camp. 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.


  • In order to register you must be a Base 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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