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#13019 - 04/17/11 08:37 PM Re: Mt Whitney Dates [Re: 2600fromatari]
Bee Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1261
Loc: Northern California
Anyone who is interested in Sierra Bears, there is a good, comprehensive discussion on the matter over here (easier than repeating the information):

http://www.whitneyportalstore.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=83770#Post83770
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#13072 - 04/19/11 04:25 PM Re: Mt Whitney Dates [Re: Bee]
Kokopelli Offline


Registered: 04/07/11
Posts: 8
Loc: Ohio
Thanks for the link Bee. Good information that makes me feel a lot better about the wildlife risks. Didn't mean to stray so far off topic!

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#13206 - 04/24/11 08:39 PM Re: Mt Whitney HIking Dates Calendar [Re: quillansculpture]
ejsurfs Offline


Registered: 03/31/11
Posts: 43
Loc: OC, CA
Put me down -
5/21 day hike, whitney trail, EJ and husband
6/18 day hike, whitney trail, EJ and husband



Edited by CaT (04/24/11 09:37 PM)
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#13265 - 04/25/11 10:36 PM Re: Mt Whitney HIking Dates Calendar [Re: ejsurfs]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7777
Loc: Fresno, CA
Wow, EJ! You will certainly see lots of snow on both those hikes.

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#13268 - 04/26/11 12:26 AM Re: Mt Whitney HIking Dates Calendar [Re: Steve C]
SoCalGirl Offline


Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 225
Loc: Spring Valley, CA
Hiya Steve... I'll be up in the area visiting to say howdy to Bulldawg and family while they're out.. but not hiking (too much)....

1st week of August or so though I plan on a party of 4.. I'll be calling in for permits or grabbing walk-ins... probably calling in advance though. I've had good luck so far with that method...

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#13270 - 04/26/11 02:12 AM Re: Mt Whitney HIking Dates Calendar [Re: SoCalGirl]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1255
Loc: Atlanta
Looking forward to it Chris! As I recall, you owe me a beer wink

Maybe we can snag a 5th permit, and you can dance on the summit with Joe while I videotape . . .

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#13286 - 04/26/11 06:32 AM Re: Mt Whitney HIking Dates Calendar [Re: Bulldog34]
SoCalGirl Offline


Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 225
Loc: Spring Valley, CA
Originally Posted By: Bulldog34
Looking forward to it Chris! As I recall, you owe me a beer wink

Maybe we can snag a 5th permit, and you can dance on the summit with Joe while I videotape . . .


I'll be bringing the girl child with me for some much needed Mommy/Daughter time.... as for dancing on the summit, I'll settle with just being able to breath! ;-)

And yes, I owe you a beer!

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#13291 - 04/26/11 08:07 AM Re: Mt Whitney HIking Dates Calendar [Re: SoCalGirl]
quillansculpture Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 564
Loc: Murrieta, CA
So Chris, does that mean I'll have to wait on the Dolphin Shorts from eBay?

oooops, my bad......Gary will appreciate them :-) (p.s. He has no idea what I'm talking about)
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#13354 - 04/28/11 05:11 AM Re: Mt Whitney Dates [Re: Steve C]
passion2explore Offline


Registered: 02/05/11
Posts: 9
Loc: delaware
Thanks for info. I was wondering about crampons. Glad I can rent them. It's gonna be a hot June this year and most snow will be gone. grin

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#13357 - 04/28/11 05:51 AM Re: Mt Whitney Dates [Re: passion2explore]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1255
Loc: Atlanta
Originally Posted By: passion2explore
Thanks for info. I was wondering about crampons. Glad I can rent them. It's gonna be a hot June this year and most snow will be gone. grin


Hopefully, but don't count on it. I see your entry date is 6/28. Bear in mind that it's been a big snow year. Last year, which wasn't much beyond an average snowpack at the end of the winter, the cables section of the switchbacks didn't really open to regular traffic till the 2nd week of July. People were still going up the snow chute rather than the switchbacks at the end of June. In mid-July we had to negotiate sizeable snow fields at Consultation Lake, on the switchbacks at the cables (a 4-6 inch dry path on the outside precipice of the trail), and near the summit. And conditions had improved dramatically in just the week before we started up (7/14).

Given this year's current pack, I'd come prepared to hike in snow at the higher elevations. If a massive, lingering heat wave comes along and lays on a big melt in late June, so much the better, but I'd rather think/train for snow and be pleasantly surprised by drier conditions than vice versa. Be safe and have a blast!

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#13361 - 04/28/11 06:21 AM Re: Mt Whitney HIking Dates Calendar [Re: quillansculpture]
SoCalGirl Offline


Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 225
Loc: Spring Valley, CA
Originally Posted By: quillansculpture
So Chris, does that mean I'll have to wait on the Dolphin Shorts from eBay?

oooops, my bad......Gary will appreciate them :-) (p.s. He has no idea what I'm talking about)


I'll dance on the summit with you Joe... but not 'til after I grab my first summit with Mom. We're heading up the first week of August to try to grab our Summit House Starbucks ;-)

I'll be coming up to buy Gary a beer and meet the fam when they're out in July... so you're more then welcome to wear the Dolphin Shorts from EBay around camp hehehehe

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#13368 - 04/28/11 07:50 AM Re: Mt Whitney Hiking Dates Calendar [Re: SoCalGirl]
lesper4 Offline


Registered: 04/28/11
Posts: 15
Loc: Fontana (Socal)
Just joined the forum, looks like a wealth of knowledge. I am organzing a group me +7 to go out of Horseshoe Meadows and finishing at the Portal on July 14th-17th (put me down). Never done Whitney before but have backpacked in Yosemite and Kings Canyon and do lots of day hikes. I to am curious about the weather but from past trips I will just have to keep an eye on TR to get a real feel.

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#13370 - 04/28/11 07:59 AM Re: Mt Whitney Hiking Dates Calendar [Re: lesper4]
CaT Offline


Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
Quote:
am organzing a group me +7 to go out of Horseshoe Meadows and finishing at the Portal on July 14th-17th (put me down).

Done.

CaT
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#13371 - 04/28/11 09:09 AM Re: Mt Whitney Hiking Dates Calendar [Re: quillansculpture]
AaronMB Offline


Registered: 03/09/11
Posts: 5
Loc: Visalia/Fresno, CA
[The lurker comes out of the woods!] Great site here - thanks everyone for a great source of information (I also really appreciate the mature discussions.)

I'll be with a party of 6 total, summiting about the 3rd of August; we'll be leaving from Crescent Meadow (HST) starting July 29. It'll be an overnighter, for sure, as we'll be doing a yo-yo, back to Crescent Meadow.

Can't wait - good luck, all!




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#13372 - 04/28/11 09:12 AM Re: Mt Whitney HIking Dates Calendar [Re: SoCalGirl]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7777
Loc: Fresno, CA
SoCalGirl Chris: You didn't say... are you planning overnight or dayhike in that August first-week trip? I'm guessing and putting you down for overnight.

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#13374 - 04/28/11 10:56 AM Re: Mt Whitney HIking Dates Calendar [Re: Steve C]
SoCalGirl Offline


Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 225
Loc: Spring Valley, CA
Oops.. sorry Steve... we're planning a couple/few nights on the trail. Driving up on a Saturday to spend a couple days acclimating (which I will also be doing the month previously on several occassions... getting high so I can go higher! ;-) )....

So... 4 of us... looking at pulling permits for entry on 8-1 or 8-2.... anticipated summit day... 8-3ish...

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#13381 - 04/28/11 02:10 PM Re: Mt Whitney Hiking Dates Calendar [Re: AaronMB]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1255
Loc: Atlanta
Aaron, we all start off as lurkers. For some, the disease progresses. Welcome to the infirmary!

By the way, love the lid. Lost a similar hiking hat - my favorite - last year somewhere between Outpost Camp and the Portal. I still have a suspicion my hiking partner that trip absconded with it . . .

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#13390 - 04/28/11 05:01 PM Re: Mt Whitney Dates [Re: Steve C]
Rodney51 Offline


Registered: 04/28/11
Posts: 12
Loc: Northern CA
Rodney51, 2 nights at Whitney Portal June 26-27. Permit for June 28-30. Whitney Trail. Party of 3? Maybe if they don't back out.


Edited by Rodney51 (04/28/11 05:35 PM)

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#13394 - 04/28/11 06:15 PM Re: Mt Whitney Hiking Dates Calendar [Re: Bulldog34]
quillansculpture Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 564
Loc: Murrieta, CA
Well I, ahem, ah,ah....don't know what to say. I didn't take it :-) If I did, my buddies wouldn't be asking me when I'm washing my old hat!!!
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#13398 - 04/28/11 07:37 PM Re: Mt Whitney Dates [Re: Rodney51]
tdtz Offline


Registered: 08/26/10
Posts: 511
Loc: CA
with as much snow as we are expected to have in June/early-July, I'm thinking that a lot of people are going to be backing out.

It seems that this might be the perfect opportunity to pick up walk-in unused permits.

I'm thinking I might be able to get some back-to-back training hikes up to trail camp and then go for the summit when the snow clears later in the summer (since I don't have crampons).

The snow may be a blessing for those of us who didn't get permits this year.

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