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#17784 - 08/25/11 06:58 PM Need Advice on Good Date for Whitney.
Tony Offline


Registered: 06/14/11
Posts: 5
Loc: Redlands
Heya all,

I had planned a trip up whitney for a day last week, but work had to delay the trip. I have never done whitney (have done similar peaks), so not very sure of the conditions at different times of the year. Any advice would really help.

Well, we have two date options available. Due to jury duty, my next available climb date would be in mid September. Are conditions in September still good for climbing (I don't want to miss doing it this year).

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.

Any advice would help loads,
Tony


Edited by Tony (08/25/11 07:00 PM)

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#17785 - 08/25/11 07:11 PM Re: Need Advice on Good Date for Whitney. [Re: Tony]
tdtz Offline


Registered: 08/26/10
Posts: 511
Loc: CA
Hi Tony,
I am far from a seasoned expert, but i have been on the MMWT in June, July, August, September and November. September is definitely my favorite month.

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#17786 - 08/25/11 07:15 PM Re: Need Advice on Good Date for Whitney. [Re: tdtz]
wazzu Offline


Registered: 06/20/10
Posts: 319
Loc: Orange County, CA
I'll second Sept.

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#17787 - 08/25/11 07:24 PM Re: Need Advice on Good Date for Whitney. [Re: wazzu]
Tony Offline


Registered: 06/14/11
Posts: 5
Loc: Redlands
Thanks guys, was definitely scared I'd miss the season laugh!

How much worse is November than September?

All the best


Edited by Tony (08/25/11 07:24 PM)

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#17788 - 08/25/11 07:27 PM Re: Need Advice on Good Date for Whitney. [Re: Tony]
2600fromatari Offline


Registered: 10/18/10
Posts: 453
Loc: San Diego
Much, much worse. You basically have no snow in September. November will most likely be a postholing nightmare due to fresh/soft snow.

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#17789 - 08/25/11 07:28 PM Re: Need Advice on Good Date for Whitney. [Re: Tony]
Akichow Offline


Registered: 04/07/10
Posts: 659
Loc: SF Bay Area
A video is worth a 1000 words. From October 21, 2010: helicopter rescue of three hikers stranded in a winter storm who had to spend 3 nights at the summit hut before a helicopter was flown in to take them out.

Whitney Helicopter Rescue October 2010

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#17790 - 08/25/11 07:28 PM Re: Need Advice on Good Date for Whitney. [Re: 2600fromatari]
Tony Offline


Registered: 06/14/11
Posts: 5
Loc: Redlands
alright, thanks I better get to planning for a date next month.
Thanks for the advice all. Amazing video btw

Tony


Edited by Tony (08/25/11 07:31 PM)

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#17791 - 08/25/11 07:48 PM Re: Need Advice on Good Date for Whitney. [Re: Tony]
tdtz Offline


Registered: 08/26/10
Posts: 511
Loc: CA
Be prepared for cold weather in September. Nights are definitely chilly. And if there is any wind, trail crest to the summit is biting cold. And it can snow in September.

But the really great news...no skeeters.

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#17832 - 08/26/11 10:50 AM Re: Need Advice on Good Date for Whitney. [Re: Tony]
+ @ti2d Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 832
Loc: Oh Cursed, USA
Originally Posted By: Tony
...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! grin
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