|Mt. Whitney from the Owens Valley (picture courtesy of owensvalleyhistory.com)
Years ago I wrote an extremely detailed trip report (non-climbers will find it too much so, no doubt!), so I won't repeat that here. The trip was also in my pre-digital-camera days, so my pictures don't do it justice...but here are the few that turned out reasonably well.
|First view of the summit as we head up the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek.
|The first important part of the route-finding is to identify and ascend the Ebersbacher ledges before the canyon cliffs out. The ledges are narrow but easy to traverse, even with a full pack.
|Me in the barren upper canyon, heading toward the scramble up to Iceberg Lake.
|The east fast of Mt. Whitney along with Keeler Needle and Day Needle, as seen from the upper canyon. One day I really want to climb one of the east face technical rock routes!
|Robert and the view back down-canyon to the Owens Valley and the far more arid White Mountains.
|Morning alpenglow on Whitney's Needles, from our campsite at Iceberg Lake.
|More alpenglow. Whitney is the peak on the left side of the picture. The Mountaineer's Route couloir and Notch are just to the right of the peak.
|Looking back down at Iceberg Lake from within the couloir.
|Me standing in the Notch at the couloir's top.
|Success! Robert and I on the summit. Note the jackets - it's chilly up there even in high summer. And when the sun sets, it gets really damn cold, really fast. If you want to stargaze, bring your warmest clothing.
|Looking north from the summit. This pic's actually from an earlier trip I did, in which smoke from a forest fire was hazing up the view. But it gives the idea.
|The view west from Trail Crest, the pass on Whitney's south ridge. After our night on the summit, Robert and I headed down the ordinary trail - makes for a quick an easy descent, rather than slogging down scree and talus.