...My other planned date was after a road trip in mid-november. This date would work much better as we are passing right through lone pine, but with no great experience in icy conditions (i.e. crampons, snowshoes, ect), I was not sure if this date is out of season for whitney climbing.
Or is the season pretty much winding down. If so I will make a huge effort to get there in the next week or two....
What sucks about a mid-November is that the WPS will be closed for the season. That means no pancakes, burgers, beers, or fries (not necessarily in that order).You will need to stop by the Inter-Agency during business hours to obtain a permit. There is no quota between November 1 and May 1, but you will need a permit.
For Whitney months in order of preference (1) August (2) September (3) July.
Ain't no such thing as "winding down."
"Wind up" gettin' your butt up there!