1 – Challenge
At the most difficult time of the year, get the highest point at 48 down. The two main routes are the climbers route and the Whitney route. Both offer unique challenges at this time of year. When climbing Whitney in the winter, you work on it using winter climbing techniques, making the peak much more special.
2 – Photography
Capture amazing images of snow covered Cyrus, especially at sunrise and sunset. Alpenglu light is breathtaking when it hits the mountains. The snow that covers the mountains adds amazing depth and contrast to your photos. Frozen lakes and waterfalls add to the beauty of this area.
3 – Be better yourself
Strengthen your mountaineering skills with ice axes, snowshoes and straps. Just to take beautiful photos with the snowy hills, you can stop your equipment and walk with slippers and shorts. Take a course, or train yourself, and climb a real mountain that challenges you to use the tools available. Using crampons and an ice ax with a little practice makes a lot of sense. Paths have every condition for practicing your skills. The trail has deep snow, long sections of ice and steep slopes, all of which are close to death and overlook the cliffs.
Avoid annoying summer crowds. Everyone can walk on the paved and pre-built path, but only a few brave people can climb the mountain without walking. At this time of year, when the path under the snow disappears, go there and choose your path. You will have the mountain almost entirely for yourself.
5 – Night sky
Camp under an amazing endless starry sky. Sierras offer some of the most beautiful night skies. Despite the large number of large cities that are only a few hours away from Mount Whitney, it seems rare to see the stars these days. Leave the city behind and sleep looking at the real night sky.
6 – Learn new skills
Learn to camp in the snow. Anyone can camp in the RV or in the middle of summer, but what about winter? Bring a shovel to protect against the wind, learn how to melt snow well, keep your stove working, how to stay warm in cold weather, and how to freeze your wipes when nature comes in contact with them. get. to the
7 – There is no excuse
Automatic issuance means you can not use the excuse, “I could not get a lottery license to climb Mount Whitney,” which I have heard millions of times. (Because we all know the truth is that you are really scared!) Everyone says how they want to climb Mount Whitney, then they always find a reason to stop the park service. Well, if you really wanted to climb Mount Whitney, you were in complete control for half the year. You can also use a walking permit in the other 6 months of the year. Stop making excuses for your friends and family on Instagram or Facebook and go to the mountains now. Just get up, go out and do it! No more excuses. You have until April 30 to do this.
Day 1: We arrived at the Lone Pine Visitor Center at the intersection of HWY 395 and HWY 136 just south of Lone Pine, CA. We issued our overnight permits to climb Mount Whitney and removed our wagon bags. You can get your free license from November 2 to April 30. Mountaineering at this time of year allows you to avoid all the hustle and bustle for summer licenses. After retrieving our permits, we drove 2 miles north to Lone Pine, CA, and turned left / west toward Whitney Portal Rd. From here, we drove 7.1 to Camp Lone Pine at 6,000 feet to adapt. The camp costs $ 20 a night and you can apply for the camp yourself. The campground provides water and sanitation. This camp offers a clear view of Mount Whitney and the challenge ahead.
Day 2: We drove 6 miles from Lone Pine Camp to Whitney Portal at 8,300 feet, where the Whitney Trail begins. Camps, stores and even the Whitney Portal Road close at this time of year. We were able to park right on a snow-free route. We dropped our 45-pound packages and headed for the summit. The first 1.5 mile route was snow-free. This route rises rapidly by changing course to Lone Pine Lake. About a mile before the lake, the path under the snow disappears and footprints disappear in every direction. This is where a good map and GPS study comes in handy. If you do not want to sweat or make your way in the snow, this is a good time to wear snow shoes. You may only need them for a short time. You can follow the fire sign on the trees and climb the mountain slowly, or you can go straight and save your time. When you reach Lake Mirror, just 5 miles from the Outpost camp, you want to fill as much water as you can, as this is the last water you can reach before the snow melts. You will also want to wear your crampons for the next ramp and hold them until you reach the trail camp. Continue through the trees to the south of Lake Ayna. After exiting the tree line at an altitude of 10,200 feet, head west and stay 6 miles to the left near the Consulate’s frozen lake. Continue.3 miles to the Trail Camp at an altitude of 11,800 feet and find a good place away from the wind. The sunset is incredible and provides an opportunity to take a great photo.
Overall: 6 hours, 6.3 miles and 3700 feet altitude.
Day 3: I recommend waking up early at 530 or 6 o’clock and start your climb. The snow will be hard enough to climb. You can also take amazing photos of sunrise. It also helps you deal with storms that may start late. I recommend bringing two bottles full of 32 ounces of water to climb. From Trail Camp, you must continue your way to the steepest part of the route. Head west and make some steep snow toward Trail Crest at 13,650. You need to understand how to use crampons, ice axes and how to properly catch yourself in the event of a fall. Falling in this part of the path can be fatal. After reaching the summit, take a moment to soak up the magnificent views of the snow-capped Ciras as far as the eye can see. Make sure you protect yourself from the wind and sun for this part of the route. Continue northward as you enter Sequoia National Park and descend 150 feet to connect with John Muir Trail. Although there may be long sections of road with zero snow, keep your crampon on! Certain sections along this peak are 1.9 miles to a very icy peak at the edge of deadly cliffs. After about 5 miles of the route, you will see the first view of the stone cottage at the summit. For the peak, cross the needles and Mt Muir. Rest in the summit hut, sign the stick and carefully make your way down. If you understand how it works, you can find certain parts on the way down to speed up your landing. When we safely went to the Trail Camp, we picked up our crampons and hurried to the Whitney Portal track in 2 and a half hours. Last night we stayed at Portagee Joe Campground. This camp is very simple and costs only $ 14. It is only a mile from Lone Pine, so it was easy to eat dinner that night and the next morning in town.
Overall: 8 hours from Trail Camp to Summit Round Trip, 9.4 miles and 2,800 feet.