Mt Whitney Webcam
Mt Williamson Webcam
Who's Online Now
1 members (dbd), 34 guests, and 5 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums10
Topics5,925
Posts53,330
Members4,145
Most Online1,443
Jul 29th, 2019
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Needing tips for a March attempt
#56623 01/21/20 12:45 PM
Joined: Jan 2020
Posts: 1
M
OP Offline
M
Joined: Jan 2020
Posts: 1
Going to be in California for a work trip in March and was thinking about trying to get up Whitney, but had a few questions

1. How bad is the snow on the 99 switchbacks? aka will I even be able to go that route?

2. If I have to take the chute, I'll have an axe, helmet and spikes. What other essentials are there?

3. Where can I rent a bear canister/do I even need on that early in the season?

Thanks y'all!

Re: Needing tips for a March attempt
mclanier #56625 01/22/20 10:53 AM
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 511
Likes: 10
Offline
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 511
Likes: 10
Forget the switchbacks in March. The chute is a much better route when it has enough snow, and it will have plenty in March. Bring stiff boots and real crampons like these. Microspikes and other crampon substitutes won’t cut it. The helmet isn’t a bad idea, but rock fall shouldn’t be a problem. They rent bear canisters where you pick up your permit. You won’t NEED one in March, but the rules might require it.

Re: Needing tips for a March attempt
mclanier #56626 01/22/20 10:59 AM
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 8,087
Likes: 23
Offline
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 8,087
Likes: 23
Hi mclainer,
In March, the road will be closed, so you have to park at the gate, and walk up an additional 3 miles to the trail head. At some point going up, and likely lower, maybe even at the trail head, you will be walking on snow.

The guiding services that take people up in March and April all use the Mountaineers Route access, going up the North Fork Lone Pine Creek. Usually there is enough snow then that they are able to walk up the valley above the brush and stream.

Whitney in early spring is not a simple walk up the trail.

Re: Needing tips for a March attempt
mclanier #56627 01/22/20 12:29 PM
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 511
Likes: 10
Offline
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 511
Likes: 10
I only answered the questions you asked. Steve was smart enough to answer the questions you probably should have asked. Everything he said is right. I will add that the Mountaineers’ Route is much shorter because it’s also much steeper. People who summit via the North Fork in winter tend to have a ton of experience or they hire a guide.

Re: Needing tips for a March attempt
mclanier #56633 01/26/20 08:21 PM
Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 162
Likes: 2
BFR Offline
Offline
Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 162
Likes: 2
Originally Posted By: mclanier
Going to be in California for a work trip in March and was thinking about trying to get up Whitney, but had a few questions

1. How bad is the snow on the 99 switchbacks? aka will I even be able to go that route?

2. If I have to take the chute, I'll have an axe, helmet and spikes. What other essentials are there?

3. Where can I rent a bear canister/do I even need on that early in the season?

Thanks y'all!


Judging from the nature of the questions, please hire a guide and/or get more experience before trying this.

Re: Needing tips for a March attempt
BFR #56637 01/27/20 03:28 PM
Joined: Mar 2016
Posts: 5
Offline
Joined: Mar 2016
Posts: 5
Originally Posted By: BFR
Originally Posted By: mclanier
Going to be in California for a work trip in March and was thinking about trying to get up Whitney, but had a few questions

1. How bad is the snow on the 99 switchbacks? aka will I even be able to go that route?

2. If I have to take the chute, I'll have an axe, helmet and spikes. What other essentials are there?

3. Where can I rent a bear canister/do I even need on that early in the season?

Thanks y'all!


Judging from the nature of the questions, please hire a guide and/or get more experience before trying this.



I couldn't agree more. The MR in the dead of winter is no joke and shouldn't be taken on without plenty of physical, mental, and technical prep. Also, I would never recommend doing the MR route alone unless you've done it dozens of times. Weather and conditions can change so quickly on the ridge you could be caught in a bad spot, and without a buddy the chances of survival drop.


see you at the tip-top

Link Copied to Clipboard
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.4
(Release build 20200307)
Responsive Width:

PHP: 7.4.3 Page Time: 0.017s Queries: 26 (0.010s) Memory: 0.6000 MB (Peak: 0.6624 MB) Data Comp: Off Server Time: 2020-07-14 10:42:07 UTC
Valid HTML 5 and Valid CSS