Mt. Whitney Rock Climbing
Why walk if you can climb? There are some interesting rock routes on Whitney. We'll link in some of the best web resources, topos and photos dedicated to climbing her.
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The East Face
This is a moderate climb on a very aesthetic line up Whitney's steep East Face. For those with good basic skills, it is a perfect introduction to technical alpine rock climbing. Our approach to high camp at Iceberg Lake takes us into the beautiful high cirque of the Whitney massif. The route itself features excellent rock on solid moves to 5.6 and significant exposure. We begin with enjoyable and quite varied face and crack climbing on the "Washboard;" higher up we complete the aptly named "Fresh-Air Traverse;" and later end with the 4th and 5th class "Grand Staircase" to the dramatic summit. Although awe inspiring and seemingly forbidding from its base, intermediate rock climbers will find this route to be a suitable challenge and a truly rewarding climb both technically and aesthetically.
The East Buttress
The East Buttress is the classic intermediate route on the east side of Mount Whitney and is a more direct line of ascent compared to the East Face. On this route, climbers will encounter a variety of interesting features including towers, pillars, and gendarmes. Climbing is relatively moderate throughout with the hardest pitches being encountered low on the route including a few short sections of 5.7 and 5.8.
Portal Area Climbing
Chicken Ranch is the name of a rock formation on the lower slopes of Mount Whitney. This formation is at an elevation of nearly 9000 feet. That, in addition to being northwest facing, the crag stays in the shade for the good part of the day.View directions and route beta on Summit Post. click here