Mt. Whitney via ‘The Chute’ Trip Report, June 4 2014

11 Responses

  1. Ryon Warren

    Great report, thanks! Heading up this weekend (6/10/14) so very timely as well. Good music choice on the video too 🙂
    – Ryon, aka adventurelad

    • TheHikingGeek

      Awesome. Good luck on your hike. If you have any questions, let me know. I am looking forward to hearing how it goes.

    • Satellite779

      How was your hike? Did you need crampons/microspikes/iceaxe?

      • TheHikingGeek

        People are using the switchbacks now. You shouldn’t need any ice/snow gear for the hike. I am also interested in hearing how your hike went.

      • TheHikingGeek

        Here’s a picture of the cables on June 16:

        From what I’ve heard, the snow is avoidable on the rest of the trail, except for the usual patch near the summit.

    • Satellite779

      Hope your hike is going well. We’re going on 29/30 and I was wondering whether we’ll need any snow/ice gear, like micro-spikes or crampons. Please post your experience. Thanks!

  2. Keith Winston

    What a fun hike! I think you’ve earned your ax after the glissade and self arrests. Nicely done.

    I am guessing the chute is to the right of the 99 switchbacks? Hard to tell exactly where it is, but it looks very steep and dangerous.

    I see you are doing another Whitney hike in a few months. Glutton for punishment. Enjoy!

    • TheHikingGeek

      The chute is to the right of the switchbacks:

      I am a glutton for punishment and enjoy introducing new people to this trail. 😀

      I’ve wondered if this hike is easier as a overnight or day hike – it will be interesting to see my perception of a dayhike just a few month after my first successful overnighter.

    • TheHikingGeek

      The elevation profiles are screenshots from Google Earth.