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#2900 - 03/10/10 08:24 AM Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th
Bernie Offline


Registered: 02/02/10
Posts: 11
Loc: PA
Whitney Won! My team got to 13,600 ft and turned around. Zero Visibility and -25 wind chill and 12" of new snow beat us.

Anyway, here is what I can tell:

Road closed at 6550 ft we drove up to 6700 then hiked to portal. 3.5 miles 2000 ft gain. I don't see you being able to get much further than that for a while.

Once we left main trail there was no track, snow at times up to my knees with 30" snow shoes. The Gully by Ebersbacher Ledges is a rough go, we stayed left of the stream on the way up, stayed off the ledges.

Made camp at Lower boy scout lake. With weather moving in we adjusted our plan and just went to Upper Boy Scout and went light and fast for the summit on third day. (the plan was great) We left tent at 4:30 Am and by 6:00 we made Iceburg and by 8 we were 13,600 ft. With zero vis it was time to turn around.

We had snow about 8" to 10" deep with breaking trail all the way with snow shoes. Never need crampons during our try just too much snow.

At one point coming down I took off snow shoes and dropped to my waist in snow.

Over all a great time in the portal area!

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#2901 - 03/10/10 08:35 AM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: Bernie]
Rod Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
Good job. I would have taken the hike up the road to the portal and upon seeing the WPS closed and no chance for a pancake or Burger turned around.The rest of the trail will have to wait until there is no snow for me.


Edited by Rod (03/10/10 09:21 AM)

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#2902 - 03/10/10 09:04 AM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: Bernie]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7262
Loc: Fresno, CA
Thanks for posting, Bernie. Congratulations on a successful trip -- it sounds like a very memorable experience.

Do you have any pictures?

And how many were in your group?

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#2917 - 03/11/10 07:42 AM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: Steve C]
Bernie Offline


Registered: 02/02/10
Posts: 11
Loc: PA
There were 3 of us and I have several photos and will try to post them when i figure out how to.

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#2923 - 03/11/10 10:57 AM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: Bernie]
CaT Offline


Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
Quote:
I have several photos and will try to post them when i figure out how to

If you have an account with a photo hosting website such as Flickr, SmugMug, Webshots, Picassa (and a couple of others that I'm sure I'm forgetting about), then all you have to do is upload them to an online photo album on that site, and then post a link to that album here.

CaT
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If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracle of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.
- Lyndon Johnson, on signing the Wilderness Act into law (1964)

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#2925 - 03/11/10 04:48 PM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: CaT]
Rod Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
Actually Bernie you won. You came back alive with another opportunity to conquer the summit another time.There is no winning or losing when you are in the Sierras.There is only the experience and living in the Moment.

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#2936 - 03/12/10 04:42 AM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: Rod]
Bernie Offline


Registered: 02/02/10
Posts: 11
Loc: PA
Very true, It's all about enjoying the great outdoors with great friends. Not how many summits you bag.

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#2938 - 03/12/10 08:49 AM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: Bernie]
wbtravis Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1239
Loc: Corner of Jack Benny and Roche...
I keep telling folks many of my experience around the MMWT have been when there was not a thought of reaching the summit. You know, like walking on Lone Pine Lake on November day or climbing up the slope from Trailside Meadow to Consultation Lake in the middle of January with not a soul around.


Edited by wbtravis (03/12/10 08:50 AM)

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#2939 - 03/12/10 09:01 AM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: wbtravis]
Bernie Offline


Registered: 02/02/10
Posts: 11
Loc: PA
http://picasaweb.google.com/101459798150452738418/Whitney#

I think this is the link to the picasa account I just opened. I have 14 pictures up there for viewing. Enjoy

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#2940 - 03/12/10 09:05 AM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: Bernie]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7262
Loc: Fresno, CA
Thanks Bernie. Great pictures. Now THAT's a winter camp!


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#2942 - 03/12/10 09:18 AM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: Bernie]
CaT Offline


Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
Excellent, Bernie!
Glad you figured out the picture uploader.

CaT
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If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracle of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.
- Lyndon Johnson, on signing the Wilderness Act into law (1964)

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#2946 - 03/12/10 01:00 PM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: Bernie]
DobeMom Offline


Registered: 10/16/09
Posts: 29
Loc: Palmdale, California
Congrats on an awesome trip, Bernie! And thanks for sharing the photos, smile
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#2953 - 03/12/10 03:20 PM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: DobeMom]
Rod Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
Fantastic pics. I don't know what ledge that is someone is standing on in the dark but that looks pretty hairy. I would have thought it is the E ledges but you said you avoided them.Very pristine beauty.Thanks for sharing.


Edited by Rod (03/12/10 03:20 PM)

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#2960 - 03/12/10 06:09 PM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: Rod]
wbtravis Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1239
Loc: Corner of Jack Benny and Roche...
Now Doc, doesn't that make you want come out and play with us in the winter?

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#2971 - 03/13/10 09:29 AM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: wbtravis]
Rod Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
It makes me think about it but then the reality of sleeping on the snow. The constant concern about staying warm and dry.Boots on and off. Threats of blizzards make those thoughts go away.

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#2976 - 03/13/10 06:55 PM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: Rod]
wbtravis Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1239
Loc: Corner of Jack Benny and Roche...
Damn, that's nothing that a -20* F sleeping bag and two pads doesn't solve. I usually sleep in my undies in the middle of winter...just like summer.

Dry = warm...and I always have a lot of dry clothes in the winter.

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#2977 - 03/13/10 08:17 PM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: wbtravis]
Mike Condron Offline


Registered: 11/05/09
Posts: 215
Loc: Now Manteca, CA
Quote:
Dry = warm

The key to winter time camping.
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#2990 - 03/15/10 08:30 AM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: Rod]
Bernie Offline


Registered: 02/02/10
Posts: 11
Loc: PA
That ledge is just the trail we cut into the slope below Iceburg lake. We stayed right of the drainage going up to Iceburg.

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#2994 - 03/15/10 11:34 AM Re: Whitney Won! March 4th thru 7th [Re: Steve C]
+ @ti2d Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 809
Loc: Oh Cursed, USA
Originally Posted By: Steve C
Thanks Bernie. Great pictures. Now THAT's a winter camp!


Definitely a Xmas Card picture, Bernie!
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