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Re: Mt Whitney, Ca.

Postby swadmin » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:25 pm

Has anyone ever done MR up and standard route down as a day trip? Love the scrambling of MR but not sure I can do it with a 40lb pack.

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Re: Mt Whitney, Ca.

Postby Steve C » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:33 pm

swadmin:

That is a nice way to do Mt Whitney, if you are capable of doing the Mountaineers Route. It is more direct going up the MR; then going down the trail, you see different scenery, is much less steep, and you get a flavor of the more public part of the Whitney experience.

You can find lots of info on the MR here Mountaineer's Route info links within...

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Re: Mt Whitney, Ca.

Postby swadmin » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:37 pm

Steve,

Thanks for the link. I will look into it.

Based on the TRs I read on this site, it seems people have done MR all chose to camp at Upper Boyscout Lake and get down the same route. Passing Elephant's Ear with a big pack looks pretty scary to me. Wondering how hard it is to go up MR and go down the standard route in one day. Is it more difficult than Capitol or Snowmass in one day?

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Re: Mt Whitney, Ca.

Postby Steve C » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:07 am

> Based on the TRs I read on this site, it seems people have done MR all chose to camp at Upper Boyscout Lake and get down the same route.
If you camp on the North Fork, it just doesn't make sense to haul a loaded backpack up the MR and down the trail. (though it can be done... I've hauled an ultralight pack up and stayed in the hut overnight several times.)

> Passing Elephant's Ear with a big pack looks pretty scary to me.
Have you watched the videos of the final 400? More exposure there. The elephant ear can be avoided by crossing the North Fork stream twice before the Ebersbacher Ledges. Most people are more intimidated by the E. Ledges. But believe me, they are NOT a problem, unless you are afraid of heights in general. ...and then the Final 400 will give you the biggest thrill.

> Wondering how hard it is to go up MR and go down the standard route in one day.
More people do the Main Trail as a day hike than do it as an overnight. Doing the MR is shorter and more direct. Just do the math: start at 8,300', climb to 14,500'. 6200 ft of gain. That's about it. The Main Trail is twice the distance as the MR, but same gain.

> Is it more difficult than Capitol or Snowmass in one day?
I've never climbed any CO peaks, so don't know.

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Re: Mt Whitney, Ca.

Postby TallGrass » Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:38 am

Ruh, roh. Are they a threat in the 14ers Dance Off???
Not sure if I'll do more 14ers. The trip reports are too tiring. :wink:

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Re: Mt Whitney, Ca.

Postby Papillon » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:33 am

^^^

Carl Spackler wrote:Man in the boat overboard...
The look in his eyes when it hit - Kid, it was tasty... - William Seward Burroughs

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Re: Mt Whitney, Ca.

Postby swadmin » Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:46 am

Steve - thanks a lot for the info. MR is definitely more attractive. Now the task is to sell it to my buddy :)

Steve C wrote:> Based on the TRs I read on this site, it seems people have done MR all chose to camp at Upper Boyscout Lake and get down the same route.
If you camp on the North Fork, it just doesn't make sense to haul a loaded backpack up the MR and down the trail. (though it can be done... I've hauled an ultralight pack up and stayed in the hut overnight several times.)

> Passing Elephant's Ear with a big pack looks pretty scary to me.
Have you watched the videos of the final 400? More exposure there. The elephant ear can be avoided by crossing the North Fork stream twice before the Ebersbacher Ledges. Most people are more intimidated by the E. Ledges. But believe me, they are NOT a problem, unless you are afraid of heights in general. ...and then the Final 400 will give you the biggest thrill.

> Wondering how hard it is to go up MR and go down the standard route in one day.
More people do the Main Trail as a day hike than do it as an overnight. Doing the MR is shorter and more direct. Just do the math: start at 8,300', climb to 14,500'. 6200 ft of gain. That's about it. The Main Trail is twice the distance as the MR, but same gain.

> Is it more difficult than Capitol or Snowmass in one day?
I've never climbed any CO peaks, so don't know.

Re: Mt Whitney, Ca.

Postby MonGoose » Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:10 pm

TallGrass wrote:Ruh, roh. Are they a threat in the 14ers Dance Off???



Yes! =D> =D> =D>

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