Tulare County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: June 4, 2005
Author: Matt Worster
Our group of 3 started from Whitney Portal at 5 am and headed for the
Mountaineer's Route. Numerous other reports provide the details of this route,
so I'll be brief. Only after the fact did I learn that the mileage for this
route is a mere 3.6. Of course, one gains over 6,000 feet along the way.
We hit snow at 10,300 feet that was mostly continuous to the top. The chute at
the top (the final 300 feet) is no joke. I was glad to get off that last
section, as one small crampon mistake will send you down 1,000+ ft before you
can blink, let alone arrest. The recent posts on Summit Post discussion boards
are not kidding. Do not take this route lightly!
We summitted at 4 pm, alone on the summit until two climbers came up the East
Face route. We scooted down the summer trail route, rocketing down the bowl in
perfect glissade conditions, losing 1,200 feet in perhaps a minute.
We returned to our car at 10 pm.
17 hours, 6,200 feet of gain and loss, with one Mountaineer's Route in the middle.