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#54471 - 10/31/18 03:52 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: bruckbau]
laohe Offline


Registered: 10/03/13
Posts: 7
Loc: CA
Thanks, bruckbau! Great TR!
From notch, did you take a look at the condition of the death traverse or easy walk-off?
- laohe

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#54472 - 10/31/18 04:12 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: laohe]
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Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 2
Loc: CA
The "easy walk off" looked to be at least half snow covered. There were definite footprints through it. It's looks like there are intermittent dry spots, and like it would be passable depending on the snow conditions.

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#54473 - 10/31/18 04:17 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: bruckbau]
laohe Offline


Registered: 10/03/13
Posts: 7
Loc: CA
Thank you!. It's very helpful!

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#54486 - 11/06/18 01:38 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: laohe]
laohe Offline


Registered: 10/03/13
Posts: 7
Loc: CA
We hiked Mt Whitney via MR last weekend (11/3-11/4). Camped at UBSL on Saturday. On Sunday, summited via MR, came down same way, then back home. The route condition is pretty much same as @Chris and @bruckbau descriped. (Thank both!). We carried crampons, ice axe and microspike, used microspike twice very briefly on slabs between LBCL and UBSL, nothing been used in Gulley and final 400. Now waiting for snow season.
-laohe

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#54488 - 11/07/18 09:45 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: laohe]
C_S Offline


Registered: 10/24/18
Posts: 3
Loc: CA
Main gully looks like this as of Sunday Nov 4



Final 400 was easily descended picking our way down the most solid rock away from the little snow and ice there is.


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#54496 - 46 minutes 36 seconds ago Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Philippe Online


Registered: 04/28/16
Posts: 9
Loc: CA, USA
Main trail as of Sunday Nov 11 afternoon

- Trail is clear of snow/ice until the switchbacks
- Switchbacks have some sections covered with hard snow. Microspikes were perfect to zip through this section.
- Trail crest was almost snow/ice free. We did not use microspikes there.

We had an ice axe and a helmet - but did not use them.
Have fun out there!

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