Thomas and Lynn planning food at the Whitney Portal Campground
A short acclimitization hike the evening before the big hike - Meysan Lake Trail
Owens Valley from the Meysan Lk. Trail, Whitney Portals area.
On the Meysan Lake Trail
Thomas Laussermair the evening before the Mt. Whitney hike.
The Alabama Hills above Lone Pine
Sunrise from the Mt. Whitney Trail, 6:15am.
First break on the trail.
Into the sun for the first time.
Entering the infamous switchback area.
In the switchbacks.
Nearing the ridge crest.
The trail drops over the crest to the west here and remains on the west side to the summit.
View to the SW from the crest.
On the west side. The summit is visible as the flat area on the left.
On the trail crest in December, 1996.
Reaching the summit. Not a wilderness experience; 160 permits/day are allotted from the east side alone.
Gray-crowned Rosy Finches (Leucosticte tephrocotis) on the summit.
The summit hut, a historical remnant. You don't want to stay here. The beer selection was pathetic.
Panorama to the west from near the summmit.
Looking SE from near the summit.
Heading back down, junction with the John Muir Trail.
Back down the switchbacks on the east side.
The Owens Valley from the trail just above treeline.
The highest tree on the trail.
Looking back west to the crest; the Keeler Needles are visible through the notch.
Last view of the Keeler Needles on the way down.
Thomas and Gary Pigging out after the hike, only permissible after 22 miles hiking with 6300' of altitude gain.
Gary starting the approach to the Mountaineer's Route, 1972
Gary approaching the Mountaineer's Route, April 1972
Camp at Iceberg Lake below the Mountaineer's Route, 1972
Low in the big couloir, Mountaineer's Route, 1972
Taking a break, Mountaineer's Route, 1972
High in the couloir, Mountaineer's Route, 1972
Near the ridge crest, Mountaineer's Route, 1972
Summit hut, April, 1972
Camp on the descent
Approaching the mountain for the East Face route, 1980
Getting water at Iceberg Lake, 1980
In the Washboard section, E. Face, 1980
Crux section, E. Face, 1980
Looking back at Iceberg Lake from the E. Face.
The final, easy pitches on the E. Face
Lynn on the summit, 1980
The E .Face on the left. Mountaineer's Route starts up the big couloir to the right.
The Keeler Needles form the south ridge of Mt. Whitney
The East Face from the descent.