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#56084 - 08/23/19 09:50 AM Slabs shortcut on MR
BFR Offline

Registered: 04/07/16
Posts: 136
Loc: Santa Monica, CA
I was reading this article on the Whitney FKT ( and saw a reference to this slabs shortcut. Does someone have the details?

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#56086 - 08/23/19 10:36 AM Re: Slabs shortcut on MR [Re: BFR]
bobpickering Offline

Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 441
Loc: Reno, Nevada
I don’t know anything about the “slabs shortcut”, but the photo shows a route that looks plausible.

Many years ago, I had an interesting conversation with Doug Sr. My fastest time on Whitney (3:29) involved soloing the East Face. Doug and I agreed that, if you had the balls and the skill, the fastest way up was to solo the East Buttress. It’s much more direct than the East Face or the Mountaineers’ Route.

#56088 - 08/23/19 11:54 AM Re: Slabs shortcut on MR [Re: BFR]
Butch Offline

Registered: 08/23/19
Posts: 1
Loc: CA
I've been fiddling with and mentally masterbating the MR route and noticed the fastest guy (about 2 hours, his GPS track is somewhere) followed the regular MR trail within about 10 feet. I, myself am still trying to figure the quickest way (for me, no youngster) to get through the waterfall area just below Iceberg lake........

#56090 - 08/23/19 12:37 PM Re: Slabs shortcut on MR [Re: Butch]
Steve C Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7910
Loc: Fresno, CA
Go farther west, past the waterfall/seeps, maybe 100 yards, and there is a nice dry access.

Not sure where it is in this CalTopo/Google-Sat view, but it's one of those lower-left to upper-right paths--several of them "go". The seep is the dark area on the lower right. Zoom out to see Iceberg Lk.

#56095 - 08/23/19 10:17 PM Re: Slabs shortcut on MR [Re: BFR]
Jonathan C Offline

Registered: 03/03/19
Posts: 40
Loc: Los Angeles, CA

#56096 - 08/23/19 11:02 PM Re: Slabs shortcut on MR [Re: bobpickering]
John Sims Offline

Registered: 04/20/12
Posts: 551
Loc: Sunnyvale, California
Doug Sr. once described this route to me as a shorter alternative route to Russell, also avoiding some of the sand slog. I searched the internet a bit, hoping to find a gps track. I did find a few folks that had tried this route, but none that had succeeded.

#56211 - 09/03/19 07:56 PM Re: Slabs shortcut on MR [Re: John Sims]
BFR Offline

Registered: 04/07/16
Posts: 136
Loc: Santa Monica, CA
has anyone ever shortcutted the whitney trail from lone pine lake down to the portal via the slabs?
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