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#49517 - 04/02/17 07:35 AM Hiking in July this year
DTidrick Offline


Registered: 04/02/17
Posts: 3
Loc: TENNESSEE
Hi Everyone, I have a permit for July 11, 2017, for Mt Whitney and would like to know what I should expect due to the extreme snow this year. Will this day hike require crampons and an ice axe at this time? I'm coming across the country from TN for this hike so I would just like to be prepared. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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#49518 - 04/02/17 09:05 AM Re: Hiking in July this year [Re: DTidrick]
Bob West Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 653
Loc: Bishop, CA, USA
Yes, there is a lot of snow up there, and might be around in July. I would be pleasantly surprised it the switchbacks or summit ridge are completely snow-free this July. Whatever snow is left will be frozen solid over night at that altitude. It would be a good idea to bring ice-axe and crampons just in case the conditions warrant it.

During a past heavy snow season we experienced ten feet of snow at the 12,000 elevation, in mid-June. This year exceeds previous records.

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#49519 - 04/02/17 11:07 AM Re: Hiking in July this year [Re: Bob West]
DTidrick Offline


Registered: 04/02/17
Posts: 3
Loc: TENNESSEE
Hi Bob, Thank you for the information. That is what I needed to know. Any additional information is welcome!

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#49520 - 04/02/17 04:53 PM Re: Hiking in July this year [Re: DTidrick]
Harvey Lankford Offline


Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 926
Loc: Richmond, Virginia
This year's snow pack is similar if not more than the last big snow year of 2011

This picture is of Whitney summit spur trail Aug 7, 2011. There were areas to go around or through ice/packed snow/snowcups. When you are there in July of this year I would expect more.


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#49527 - 04/03/17 05:45 PM Re: Hiking in July this year [Re: Harvey Lankford]
DTidrick Offline


Registered: 04/02/17
Posts: 3
Loc: TENNESSEE
Hi Harvey,
Thank you for the Pic. Looks like this will be fun :-)

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#49559 - 04/10/17 12:33 PM Re: Hiking in July this year [Re: Bob West]
over1812 Offline


Registered: 07/24/16
Posts: 21
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
You would need an ice axe on the Main Trail? Would microspikes not be sufficient versus crampons?

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#49565 - 04/11/17 01:12 AM Re: Hiking in July this year [Re: over1812]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6831
Loc: Fresno, CA
You don't need an ice axe if the switchbacks are being used rather than the "chute" (slope west of the switchbacks).

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