|Mt. Whitney (14,494') 2 Day
This is the best route for a good ski descent from the summit (or near the summit) of Whitney.
Whitney Portal or as close as the road is open in spring.
From Whitney Portal (8,268'), we follow the Mountaineer's approach along the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek. Depending on conditions, we'll probably camp near Upper Boyscout Lake (11,300'), allowing travel with just day packs to the summit the next morning.
From Upper Boyscout Lake, we'll follow the drainage with the breathtaking view of the east face of the Whitney Massif to Iceberg lake and the base of the Mountaineer's couloir. We will climb the couloir for 2,000' to the notch below the North Face. We usually leave our skis here, climbing to the summit with ice axe, and often crampons and a rope belay at the tricky spots. The descent will more or less retrace our ascent route.
-Routes may vary-
Prepare for light-weight ski camping with well selected and well fit equipment. 1-2 days pre acclimatization recommended prior to the climb.
April 2-3, 2016 (Sat-Sun)
Expert alpine, telemark skier or splitboarder with previous experience with touring techniques with climbing skins, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel. Previous mountain experience with ice axe, crampons and climbing harness. Familiar with light-weight ski camping equipment and technique.
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