Iím new on this forum. Iíve reached Mt. Whitney summit 2017. Not sure if you remember but there was an El NiŮo the winter prior which makes it really difficult to summit that year. The zigzag trail was slippery so many folks had to use the direct route of the chute up the mountain. Many of us use an ice ax and crampons for the first time. Fast forward 2019, a bunch of us are planning to hike again but with less experienced hikers this time. With all the rain and hail going on in the Bay Area, Iím worried if the weather will be as difficult as it was in 2017. Any experienced hiker who can shed some wisdom here? Thank you!