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#48419 - 09/16/16 10:35 AM Mountaineers Route 9-14-16
RenoFrank Offline


Registered: 08/06/11
Posts: 413
Loc: Reno, NV
I've been exploring this route for a couple of years. I was in my best shape but this pushed my limits. I figured about 7 1/2 hours to get up but it took me 10 hours, longer than my hike up the Main trail.

3:30am Depart Portal
4:30 E-Ledges
5:30 Lower Boy Scout Lake
6:30 Center of Clyde Meadows
7:00 Top of Clyde Meadows
8:50 Iceberg Lake
9:30 Depart Iceberg Lake
12:30pm Notch
1:30 Summit
1:40 Depart Summit
8:00 Portal (via Main Trail)

The Final 400 had some snow so I took the Easy Walk-Off


Mountaineers Route - Mt Whitney from Frank Bursick on Vimeo.


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#48420 - 09/16/16 05:08 PM Re: Mountaineers Route 9-14-16 [Re: RenoFrank]
John Sims Offline


Registered: 04/20/12
Posts: 524
Loc: Sunnyvale, California
Congratulations Frank, (you earned it)

I Know you've been "working" on this route, so great that you completed it.

I "guess" that your time would have been shorter had you not left so early. Darkness, for me, slows me down.

Regards,

John


Edited by John Sims (09/16/16 05:15 PM)

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#48421 - 09/16/16 06:37 PM Re: Mountaineers Route 9-14-16 [Re: John Sims]
RenoFrank Offline


Registered: 08/06/11
Posts: 413
Loc: Reno, NV
Thanks, John

Two years ago when I planned to summit but chose not to try because of an August snow storm you encouraged me to try again. I considered giving up but that route was always on my mind like a white whale.

I figured this would be my best chance at success coming off a five night backpacking trip to Whitney. However I again cancelled my plan to hike about a month ago because of a chance of snow. I took a week off work (starting last Tuesday) and actually secured three different day solo permits during my time off. I took the first opportunity last Wednesday.

The only person I encountered going up was another solo hiker coming down the chute. He asked "Are you planning on going up the Mountaineers Route?" I answered "I thought this IS the Mountaineers Route." He was referring to the Final 400 which he warned was "sketchy" because of the snow. So I took the Easy Walk-Off. So I missed out on the Final 400 and I can't see myself ever going up that chute again.

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#48423 - 09/16/16 09:45 PM Re: Mountaineers Route 9-14-16 [Re: RenoFrank]
John Sims Offline


Registered: 04/20/12
Posts: 524
Loc: Sunnyvale, California
Originally Posted By: RenoFrank


So I missed out on the Final 400 and I can't see myself ever going up that chute again.


Oh, give yourself a few months to forget the pain. You'll be ready to go again next summer including the final 400:-)

John

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#48424 - 09/16/16 11:06 PM Re: Mountaineers Route 9-14-16 [Re: John Sims]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7209
Loc: Fresno, CA
I've already enticed Frank about going as far as Iceberg Lk and exploring something of a ridge route climb between upper Boy Scout and Iceberg.

We'll see how things work out next summer...

Frank will have forgotten his soreness in a week. :-)

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#48431 - 09/19/16 10:43 AM Re: Mountaineers Route 9-14-16 [Re: RenoFrank]
Snacking Bear Online


Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 446
Loc: Saugus, CA
Congrats Frank! Solid work!
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#48432 - 09/19/16 02:30 PM Re: Mountaineers Route 9-14-16 [Re: Snacking Bear]
RenoFrank Offline


Registered: 08/06/11
Posts: 413
Loc: Reno, NV
Originally Posted By: Snacking Bear
Congrats Frank! Solid work!


Thanks. My time to Iceberg Lake was about as expected. Going up the chute took much more time than I planned. Coming down the Main Trail I was OK.

Like I said this has been on my mind and a major goal.

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#48433 - 09/19/16 08:08 PM Re: Mountaineers Route 9-14-16 [Re: RenoFrank]
mike2016 Offline


Registered: 08/10/16
Posts: 15
Loc: California
Liked your commentary in the video, great job and congratulations!

Was the snow on the final 400 new?

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#48434 - 09/19/16 10:04 PM Re: Mountaineers Route 9-14-16 [Re: mike2016]
RenoFrank Offline


Registered: 08/06/11
Posts: 413
Loc: Reno, NV
Originally Posted By: mike2016


Was the snow on the final 400 new?


I honestly don't know if it was new or even how much was there. There was new snow the day before north of Whitney, a couple inches around Tahoe. The other hiker who had been up and down that section said it was "sketchy" with widespread snow. I was focusing on each step along the easy walk-off. I have heard of several deaths occurring along that route. There was a dusting of snow along my path.

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#48456 - 09/22/16 11:59 AM Re: Mountaineers Route 9-14-16 [Re: RenoFrank]
mike2016 Offline


Registered: 08/10/16
Posts: 15
Loc: California
Interesting, thanks.

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