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2012 Whitney Hike Calendar
#22379 03/28/12 09:09 AM
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2012 Whitney Hike Calendar


 
DateDayhike/
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April
26-29O SoCal Hiker6MT
27-28O Rick23901MT Camping at Outpost Camp
May
18-21O Dustin WeGoRTW3MT Two guys and 1 girl from Austin, TX   Trip report
20-21O carrielou 5MT 4 dudes, 1 girl   Trip report
28-29O PeteyPaddler3MT Coming from Boston. Camping at Horseshoe Meadows or Whitney Portal before the hike.
31-1O Lane3MT 1 from Houston, 2 from Santa Monica. Fri June 1st at Trail Camp.
June
2D Alana10MT Group includes a father and son, 15   Trip report
2D DavidJ1MT Has an extra permit. Starting at 3 AM. Driving from San Diego   Report
6-10O DblDogDare663MT party of 3 guys (3 generations: 19yo, 46yo, and 73yo)   Trip report
7D pratic patel2MT Coming from Tracy, CA
8-10O pretendingtowork2 or 3MT Father and 7-Y-O son, and mom too.   Trip report
9D ejsurfs2MT Second try. Hoping for much less snow than last year.   Report
10-11O BrianM6MR From Santa Barbara. First time on Mountaineers Route
12-16O John Prietto1MT First things first: Pancake from the Portal Store before the hike.
15D Tinman4MT
15O DaveB3MT Has extra permits
18D ddmansprty1MT Will the trail be clear of snow? wink
18D Dave1MT Night before in Portal campground   Trip pictures
18-19O DMOutdoors2MT from Boston, MA   Trip report
20d John Sims2MT Father and daughter team   Trip report
23O bluewater2CWD Cottonwood trail to Mt Whitney, start 6/21. Husband and wife.
24O Josh3MT Josh's travel blog:  californiathroughmylens   Trip report
25D GandC1MT Have Day permit, will try for walk-in overnight   Trip report
26D Jay2MT Starting 3 AM
27-7/1O Norcalhiker674JMT Starting from Shepherd Pass trail head   Trip report
30-7/5O Akichow4JMT Onion Valley to Whitney Portal
July
4D jclark501MT Day hike before transferring to Okinawa with the AF. Good Luck James!
James made it, but with too little water and some AMS issues. (short report)
4O energ923453MT First of two trips (see July 22)
6D Stalin2MT Camping at Whitney Portal, hiking Horseshoe Meadows area the previous day.
6-7O lunatic 1MT Thru-hiker: Colorado, A.T., B.M.T
9D thx1231MT
13D Bullet7771MT Coming from Sydney, Australia, for a repeat hike on "Lucky Friday the 13th"
13-15O tdtz 1MT Good luck, Tom!
18-20O Badwater Dan4MT Repeat, 16 years after first time, this time with son, 14
19D mgz6715MT Group of 15, sons 14, 16, 18 plus family and friends
22O energ923453MT Second of two trips (see July 4)
22-24O MooseTracks1MT+ Trying for walk-in, exit two weeks later.
31D JorgeP(arg)1MT Starting 3 AM
31D amarion4MT First timer. Has extra permit.
August
1D 1982jeep2MT Trip canceled,   Permits released.
1-2O mrshherrera2MT Turning in permits for July 25
6D BayAreaDoug7MT 7 first timers - ages 56-22
7D benh573MT Three first-timers
7-8O Jane5MT Four firsttimers
12-18O calsurfer1JMT Hiking from Onion Valley
15-23O tdtz 1JMT Onion Valley to Mt Whitney Portal
15-23O caplen2HST Hiking the HST - High Sierra Trail from Sequoia N.P.
8/19-9/7O CaT1JMT+ Southbound thru-hike. Should summit Whitney ~9/7. First time doing JMT. smile
21-23O Goobrew6MT Hikers with experience, first timers on Whitney
26-31O NYHiker1CWD Lk From Cottonwood Lakes. Summit Aug 29.
27-31O Joel M. Baldwin1MR
8/27-9/1O MryPat2JMT Onion Valley to Whitney Portal
29D Bulldog343MR Bulldog34, Catpappy & quillansculpture
September
3-8O Steve C1HST Enter Crescent Meadow, Sequoia N.P., High Sierra Trail, Pants Pass, Exit via Main Trail
17D calsurfer1MT
18D Jonishiker1MT confession: "I am scared of bears."
19O Kat1232MT
24-26O RadGnar6MT Hoping for dry conditions
26D John Sims 1MR First time: Mountaineers Route - Main Trail
28-29O stephen_h10MT Bicycling from Death Valley, hiking to the summit on 9/29, overnight at Outpost
29-30O EPS2MR Missed last year due to baby's arrival.
October
10O tr0mbley2MT Coming from Atlanta
10O Brent N1?MT Weather permitting, October 10th for an overnighter.


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ddmansprty #22414 03/29/12 09:29 AM
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My permit date is Sept. 18, 2012. MWT a Tuesday,day hike starting just after midnight." I am scared of bears." That's my big confession,but I am concerned about the altitude as well. I will be finding my slowest pace so I can eat and drink and breath. I want to make it to the top!
I cancelled 5 other midweek permits back to the pool.So Excited. Training already,..Jonishiker. Anyone else planning on starting with the same game plan in mind?

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Jonishiker #22423 03/29/12 11:39 AM
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Ditto except my date is August 1st. Going with a friend from work. I have started hiking/walking around town, like back and forth to work. We will be meeting here in the next week to plan straegies for training and ultimately the trip. I am so looking forward to the hike. I have never done anything like this before.


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Jonishiker #22530 04/01/12 11:00 AM
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Last year I saw a guy chasing a bear at the Portal. The bear ran for its life from the crazy old man. No joke. You should be more afraid of the altitude. You have plenty of time to get in great shape before September. I would never start at midnight unless my plans were to see the sun rise on the summit. Way too early IMO.

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quillansculpture #22536 04/01/12 03:29 PM
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Just put in for my vacation time at work.
I'll be bumming around the Whitney/Lone Pine area the week of Aug 27-31.
I'm planning on 4-5 of those days being up the North Fork trail.

Starting to get excited about it!!! smile Gotta read all I can about the NF between now and then.

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quillansculpture #22564 04/02/12 12:40 AM
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June 12-16Th cant wait. Going to have a fly by in the cessna (not mine ,my fathers). Got most of my stuff ready but should be visiting the gym more (stair master,yes for men too).

Gear? still waiting on marmot to send lithium membrane sleeping bag, they said latest may30th!now thats cutting it close, mental preperation? check, babysiter? check, prepared wife? check, timeoff work? check, physical prep? sort of, not much of a trainer prior to trips, just do it, thats what nike commercial said. reading material? check, ipod? check.

maybe ill see some of you out there if not more whitney to myself (no offense)


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Re: 2012 Whitney Hike Calendar
Anonymous1 #22565 04/02/12 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted By: 2600fromatari
Last year I saw a guy chasing a bear at the Portal. The bear ran for its life from the crazy old man. No joke. You should be more afraid of the altitude. You have plenty of time to get in great shape before September. I would never start at midnight unless my plans were to see the sun rise on the summit. Way too early IMO.


I saw something similar in the Portal campground, only it was a young couple trying real hard to get a picture WITH a bear that sent the poor thing running as fast as it could. It was a really odd sight, one that I would not care to see duplicated.

As far as starting at midnight, I have and would do it again. Not because of a worry of time to the summit, but purely because the MMWT is just so enjoyable at night. Seeing the random flickers of headlamps ahead and behind you, hearing things that you can't see, the moon light on the trail, it's all really great to experience.

It's beautiful in full daylight as well, but that's what the way down is for.

My date this year is June 25th for a day hike, but I'm planning on trying to grab an overnight permit the Sunday before and spending a couple of days enjoying myself on the trail.

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GandC #22569 04/02/12 09:44 AM
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Heading up April 26-29 with a group of 6.
Plan is:
Hostel on Thursday night and then on the trail Early Friday morning to trail camp. R/T to the summit on Saturday and back down on Sunday. Hope we don't get too many more storms before then.

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SoCal Hiker #22621 04/03/12 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted By: SoCal Hiker
Heading up April 26-29 with a group of 6.
Plan is:
Hostel on Thursday night and then on the trail Early Friday morning to trail camp. R/T to the summit on Saturday and back down on Sunday. Hope we don't get too many more storms before then.


That can be a tall order. It's good that you're choosing to stop at Trail Camp before trying to summit the next day, but from the elevation in La Verne (same as me, pretty much), to Trail Camp is over 10,000 ft. That's a lot of acclimating to do in a single night at altitude before trying to head up another almost 5,000 ft. the very next day.

I tried driving up, staying at the Hostel, and summiting without stopping at Trail Camp, and I got sick at Trail Camp. Nearly didn't come off of the mountain under my own power. Everyone is different, but it is something to keep in mind.


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Jonishiker #22649 04/04/12 05:27 PM
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I have a very good reason for being scared of bears but it will keep until I have the time to post it.
Anyway thanks for the funny and encouraging stories.
Also,
Does anyone know if there will be a 2012 calendar of dates and names? I had a huge fight with my server over the weekend and I some of my postings disappeared.


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GandC #22652 04/04/12 08:23 PM
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Thanks for the heads-up on the altitude difference. Most in group are using Diamox. I have not experienced any problems previously but I know that is no great indicator of what this trip will be like. I have spent some time reviewing the subject of AMS, HAPE and HACE and noted that one of the corrective options for HAPE is Nifedipine which lowers the blood pressure. I typically have low blood pressure as the norm so maybe that has something to do with it.

We'll see how it goes.

John

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SoCal Hiker #22656 03/28/12 05:55 AM
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I've been reading this board a couple of years now. Hopefully I will get a chance to meet some of you. If a 2012 calander is created....

ddmansprty, June 18, 2012

(I promise I will not start a thread asking if the trail will be clear of snow on that date two months in advance wink

Mike


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Steve C #22657 03/27/12 01:31 PM
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tdtz - party of 1
Onion Valley to Mt Whitney Portal

Start Date - August 15
Exit MMWT - August 23

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Jonishiker #22658 04/05/12 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted By: Jonishiker
I have a very good reason for being scared of bears but it will keep until I have the time to post it.
Anyway thanks for the funny and encouraging stories.
Also,
Does anyone know if there will be a 2012 calendar of dates and names? I had a huge fight with my server over the weekend and I some of my postings disappeared.

Joni, I finally created the calendar. Sorry you lost posts. We want to read your bear story! (but put it in its own thread.)

Everyone, please check the calendar for any errors.

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I'll be coming in on June 18th. First time for me, although I did complete the Marine Corps Summer Mountain Survival course up in Bridgeport, CA....in my younger days. I should be acclimated by the time I get there. I'll be spending 3 days the week before in the Tetons, then plan on spending a night up at Devils Postpile, and the night before at the Portal Camp ground. Trip of a lifetime.

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Steve C #22661 04/05/12 08:57 AM
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Cool Steve, It will be great to see the calendar so we can all follow along everyone's experience and hopefully be able to meet others that have so thoughtfully posted their Whitney Passions.
When I get my computer back up to speed I will start a new thread and re-type by bear scare story.
Joni


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Steve C #22671 04/05/12 06:44 PM
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Hi there, please put me (+3) down for June 30-July 5, Onion Valley to Whitney Portal. Thanks!

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Steve C #22673 04/05/12 07:22 PM
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Please include us (me and husband) for MMWT August 1 - 2. We will be (most likely) turning in our overnight permit for July 25th if plans stay the same. I will do this at least four weeks ahead of time.

Oh, and I love bears! I hope to see at least one or two during our stay.


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mrshherrera #22677 04/05/12 09:35 PM
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Hh hew, I was just going to ask you if you got your permits.
That is great news. Make sure you let me know the inside scoop since you are going at an earlier date. Have you done any training hikes yet?
Joni


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I'll be in the vicinity somewhere around the 22-24 of July. Hopin' for a walk-in.

Exit will be two weeks later. I like to take my time on the trail. wink


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