Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos

Posted by: Steve C

Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos - 12/05/09 10:07 PM

There are a number of good videos people have created of the Mt. Whitney area.

If you have one, or if you find one worth recommending, please add a link in this thread.

One of the best videos is created by Hike Along Pete. He hiked the trail in October 2003, and created a complete 6-hour DVD of the entire hike.

Below is his 5-minute summary video from YouTube.  Click this link to watch it on YouTube and see other hikers' Whitney trail videos.

Pete's web site is:

Here is a table Pete and VersatileFred created in another location:
Note: This trail-video-documenting was done a few years ago at the end of October (just before the first arrival of snow), and under most favorable weather conditions without any wind and no snow or ice on the trail, except for some ice at the cables. The video makes it look easy, but high altitude and inclement weather could make it a tough and very long 22 mile (round-trip) hike.
MilesVideo LinksDurationArea Covered
0.0 - 1.0Whitney Portal4:48Trailhead, Carillon Creek, North Fork Lone Pine Creek, John Muir Wilderness Sign.
1.1 - 2.0The 2nd Mile4:17The Second Mile of Trail
2.1 - 3.0Lone Pine Creek5:38Log crossing Lone Pine Creek, Lone Pine Lake Junction, Whitney Zone.
3.1 - 4.0Bighorn Park5:16Bighorn Park, Outpost Camp.
4.1 - 5.0Mirror Lake4:38Mirror Lake
5.1 - 6.0Consultation Lake5:36Consultation Lake
6.1 - 7.2Trail Camp5:25Trail Camp, The Switchbacks, The Cables.
7.3 - 8.5Trail Crest5:03The Rest of the Switchbacks, Trail Crest, el. 13,600 ft.
8.5 - 9.5The Windows5:10From Trail Crest to mile 9.5 on the west-side, The first Windows.
9.6 - 11Mt. Whitney Summit5:05The final Windows, Summit House, Mt. Whitney's Summit.

Edit: Pete has added a post to the forum here:
Entire Mt. Whitney Trail on Video in RealTime

Edit 6/11: Via ALP pages:  Mt Whitney on ViaALP
Posted by: Steve C

Re: Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos - 12/05/09 10:09 PM

A member here, "The Mongoose" and his friend came from Detroit, and climbed the Mountaineers Route with the help of an SMI guide.

He created a 30-minute video of their experience, and discussed it here.

Click this link to watch the video: Midlife Madness

BeachAV8R has created a 3-part video of his winter climb with members of WPSMB.
Part 1 and 1:50 of Part 2 is a climb of Thor Peak the day before.
Part 2 covers the MR from LBSL. 5:00 is at Iceberg Lk, 5:15-7:00 top of the notch.
Part 3 is at the summit, then taking the main trail down almost to Trail Camp.
Here are the wmv videos -- may require a very fast connection, or right click and 'Save as':
Part 1 (178MB)       Part 2 (217MB)       Part 3 (60MB)
The same videos are on YouTube, faster loading and playing, but Parts 1 and 2 are without sound.
Part 1                       Part 2                     Part 3
Posted by: Steve C

Re: Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos - 12/05/09 10:11 PM

Andy L, romanandrey on wpsmb, used a helmet cam to record part of his Fresh Air Traverse climb of Mt. Whitney's east face, with Kurt Wedberg of SMI guiding.

You can view the video on YouTube, or watch below.

Andy discusses the video on wpsmb here.  He says "the camera is a VholdR ContourHD, shooting 720p HD video."
Posted by: Steve C

Re: Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos - 12/05/09 10:13 PM

Not to be missed:  Although this is not hiking or climbing, it is fun to watch!

A glider sailing over Mt. Whitney where you see the summit hut, then down the North Fork over Iceberg, Upper Boy Scout and Lower Boy Scout Lakes.

Posted by: Rod

Re: Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos - 12/06/09 07:56 AM

That is all fantastic stuff. I loved watching Hike Along Pete's videos when I was researching my 1st summit attempt.I watched it over and over familarizing myself with the trail. It was amazing how it made me feel like I had been there before and was just returning to familar trail.
Posted by: Steve C

Re: Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos - 12/07/09 09:23 AM

Found another video: Barefoot Ted on YouTube

"Barefoot Ted and Barefoot Larry made it to the summit of Mt. Whitney barefoot. It was BFT's third barefoot summit, and Larry's"

Posted by: MooseTracks

Re: Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos - 12/07/09 01:05 PM

Here's my slide show showing much of the East Buttress route this past June:

Mt. Whitney's East Buttress from Laura Molnar on Vimeo.

Posted by: Rod

Re: Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos - 12/07/09 10:47 PM

You are one bad ass Laura. Loved it the first several times I watched it.Love it even more now.
Posted by: Steve C

Re: Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos - 01/05/10 11:10 PM

Here is a great video from Friends Of The Inyo. Although not directed toward Mt. Whitney, it displays so much of the diverse, beautiful scenery and wildlife found on the Sierra east side. So much, along with pleasant music!

You can also view it directly on Vimeo.

Posted by: Fishmonger

Re: Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos - 01/07/10 08:08 AM

got some HD videos of my kids on the JMT posted here, with Mt. Whitney stuff only in the 2009 clips. Silverlight and Flash - need to go full screen to see in 720p
Posted by: Steve C

Re: Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos - 01/28/10 09:28 PM

Here's a "Whitney Newsreel" posted by Rosabella.
Last summer we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our 1st Whitney summit, and last weekend we had a "Family Film Festival", where we were all able to watch the various videos we created for this special event.

My nephew, Wesley, posted his on YouTube - it's only two minutes and very much in the style of the old "newsreels" we used to see in the theater before the feature movie. He did a great job with his "voice over" in the style of Lowell Thomas and the black and white effects look really authentic.

It's probably one of the most clever Whitney videos I've seen, here's the link:

Fun to watch!
Posted by: Steve C

Re: Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos - 10/09/10 10:12 AM

Adding to this thread:

The following three "Mountaineers Route videos" threads give a good idea of what hiking the Mountaineers Route entails.

    North Fork to Upper Boy Scout Lake

    Upper Boy Scout to the Notch

    Final 400 chute videos

Edit: Here's a thread with a video of a mountain bike ride down Whitney Portal Road from Whitney Portal.
Posted by: Steve C

Re: Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos - 03/04/11 11:42 PM

Here's a very important video from the British Mountaineering Council with instructions for self-arresting a slide on ice using an ice axe.

How to ice-axe self arrest: "Winter Essentials: Self Arrest"

And another:

Posted by: Steve C

Re: Mt Whitney hiking and climbing videos - 03/04/11 11:49 PM

And Bob R's video Glissading from Trail Crest:

Note: Everyone BEWARE! People have died attempting to glissade on Mt. Whitney! Here are some guidelines:

1. Never glissade wearing crampons. (see BobR's x-ray)

2. Never glissade without an ice axe for a brake.

3. On Mt. Whitney, the top of the slope can be soft, but iced-up below, since the afternoon sun shadow starts at the bottom and moves up. So late afternoon can be treacherous.

4. Learn and practice self-arrest techniques and glissading before trying to glissade from Trail Crest on Mt. Whitney.