Me and two strong ladies! Started @ 5:10 AM. Finished at 11 PM
5:10 AM - Whitney portal
6:40 AM - E Ledges
10:50 AM - Iceberg lake
11:30 AM - Start from Iceberg lake (I was feeling elevation so had to take longer break).
12:35 pm - Above snow field. Removed crampons.
2:30 pm - Notch. break.
~3:55 pm - Summit.
We started late because we thought we will finish climb up in 5-6 hours. We ended up doing 9.5 miles up (Yes Mountaineer route) and summited at ~3:50 PM. Took main trail down (7 hrs). Total 17 hrs, 21 miles, 7500 ft gain. Back to car at ~11 pm.
There was snow from Iceberg lake (probably 600-700 ft). We used crampons and Ice Axe. After that, lots of loose rocks and class 2/3 climbing. This was the most scariest part of the climb and took us very long. No prior experience dealing with loose rocks or climbing. For next two hours, I definitely felt we should have taken main trail
We were exhausted by the time we reached the Notch. Instead of taking class 3 up we continued straight through snow (longer route but at least we could avoid rocks) which meets with main trail (then easy walk up). Used micro spikes this time and Ice Axe saved me once.
I recommend crampons, ice axe, helmet. We met few people who used micro spikes.
Crossing streams was not big deal (I had water proof shoes but I fell into water at the beginning of hike
. So that was fun).
I stayed hydrated through out. I drank 3L by the time we reached Iceberg. My partners helped me fill up 3L from Iceberg while I rested. Last 4 miles I was out of water.
I am curious what is the distance people see (Strava, Garmin or any other tracking device) while taking MR. We mostly stayed on route but still our devices shows 9.5 miles.
If you know what you are doing then take MR else main trail is beautiful too. https://imgur.com/a/kH0z1Dh
From Notch - we took this route through snow