These videos aren't the best quality, and I was just holding my pocket camera and walking. But it should give people a good sampling of the hike. Maybe I can get HikealongPete to do a better job sometime.
Each video gives the time recorded, to give you an idea of the length of time in each section. We were carrying 15 to 20 lb packs, since we were camping on the summit that night.
Part 1 From the Main Mt Whitney trail and the North Fork Lone Pine Creek, climbing to the point where people cross the creek to the south. Hiking with Tom W, hightinerary, from Maryland.
This video starts just above the Mt Whitney Main trail,where the MR leaves the Main Mt Whitney Trail, at the North Fork creek crossing. Climb up just before the trail crosses the North Fork Lone Pine Creek. The first few seconds show the Main Trail. 8:15 AM
This video shows the MR "trail" after leaving the Main Mt Whitney Trail, at the North Fork creek crossing. It is quite a nicely beaten path in the trees. 8:16 AM
8:22 AM Shows the split: The Route splits here--Either cross NFLP Creek to the south side, or take the North Side route. We took the north side "Rockwell Shortcut", instead of crossing the creek. The shortcut is a bit more intimidating trying to descend. Recommend crossing the creek to the south when coming down.
Taking the north side of the North Fork Lone Pine Creek . (Often called the Rockwell Shortcut.) This starts at the point where some cross the creek to the south, and continues to the point where the south-side route crosses back to the north, just before climbing to the start of the Ebersbacher Ledges.
Note that in early summer, the south-to-north crossing can be difficult due to lack of dry spots to walk -- you're practically walking in water for 20 feet. It is not dangerous or tricky, it is just that the water is ON the path, and it is 6 inches deep.
In 2016, I took my 11-y-o daughter through this route. Pictures are here: Rockwell shortcut
NS8, 1:52, 8:53 AM After ten minutes working through a brushy section, arrive at a waterfall coming over a boulder. This is the point where the south side route comes back to join the north side. Climb out and up along the wall. Nearing the Foxtail Pine where the Ebersbacher Ledges begin. https://youtu.be/CYXull2WnkY
Edited by Steve C (07/13/1711:10 AM) Edit Reason: subject title
The Granite Slabs between Lower Boy Scout Lake and Upper Boy Scout Lake.
Slabs 1, 1:26, 10:04 AM Moving from the boulder area onto the slabs. This shows the critical point where you cross to the slabs through the first section of bushes. Missing this point puts you into bushwhacking trouble.
Slabs 2, 1:06, 10:06 AM Taking a drink from the stream, hiking up and across more slabs.
Slabs 3, 0:36, 10:08 More slabs. Notice the cairn at the end.
Slabs 4, 0:20, 10:20 AM Trees below UBSL are coming into view.
Slabs 5, 1:07, 10:34 AM Starts at the top of the slabs, north of the trees near Upper Boy Scout Lake. Here the trail turns south, through the bushes and to the trees. The stream crossed comes from UBSL, and is the last water until Iceberg Lake. The slabs take about 30 minutes to complete.
Steve! Dude! These are excellent videos! I can't believe you took the time to record this much of the MR - especially with one hand occupied while doing some of the trickier ledges. Watching this series really gives the best overall impression I've seen of the route to UBSL. You read things like, "turn left at the big pine", which sounds pretty ambiguous, but watching your videos really clarifies the route and what some of these directions I've read actually mean.
Thanks for doing this. You should pin it permanently somewhere for easy access in the future. It'll get a lot of views.