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  • Hiking up Mt. Whitney Memorial Day week this year (2014)

    Has the drought made this possible for someone without snow equipment this year? My 21-year old has a permit to do it then with some friends- other than not doing it if a storm is forecast, waddyathink for someone in regular hiking boots etc.?
    Reluctant enthusiast, part-time crusader, half-hearted fanatic

  • #2
    I'd suggest posting on the Whitney Portal Store message board. Somebody there will probably have a better idea about current conditions.

    I'm guessing probably yes.

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    • #3
      Yes, it'll be doable, and hiking boots are the way to go. There's a decent chance of snow sections though. Bringing a lightweight ice axe wouldn't be a bad idea (maybe people you talk to at the trailhead will tell you to leave it in the car though). I'd definitely bring gaiters too.

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      • #4
        probably won't be snow on the east face....

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        • #5
          But there can be long-lasting ice on the trail leading up to Trail Crest--there was some when we passed through mid-summer some years back. Taking a lightweight ax (or at least poles) and checking the situation at the trailhead sounds like a good idea.

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          • #6
            Whitney zone has recent photos of the trail conditions. http://www.whitneyzone.com/wz/ubbthreads.php/topics/4904/Current_Conditions_Mt_Whitney_#Post4904
            Last edited by mchin; 14 May 2014, 10:47 PM.
            Originally posted by riser3
            I heart filthy, stinky "hippies", although isn't mchin a Doctor or something like that? Hardly qualifies as a "hippie" IMHO...

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            • #7
              The Harding Route up the Keeler Needle would probably not be holding too much snow...

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              • #8
                not knowing how your boy is getting there, but mammoth mountaineering rents crampons, http://mammothgear.com/10/Rentals-and-Tech/

                wherever he gets the crampons/axe, he should reserve it soon. that'll be the biggest weekend for that type of rental gear in CA for this spring/summer.
                Last edited by thornton; 15 May 2014, 12:42 AM.

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