Monday, August 15, 2011

East Face Mount Whitney, August 1-3, 2011

Tom and Suzy dropped their kids off for summer camp and "relaxed" with us and and ascent of Whitney's classic East Face route.

We headed up in the clearing after a major "monsoon" rain and thunderstorm event. Roads and trails washed out, clouds dissipating from the peaks, accumulated hail decorating the peaks- it was a unique and exciting privilege to witness the power without compromising our climbing objective.

Here's Whitney clearing out on our climbing morning:
The rest of the trip flowed by with smooth and efficient climbing, comfortable belays and transitions, and a dearth of photography. The East Face of Whitney is a timeless experience, an experience much the same as when it was first climbed in 1931.

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