whitney east face

East Face of Mt. Whitney

July, 1984

The East Face of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48, is one of the classic high mountain technical climbs in the Sierra Nevada. It is not too hard, but it has many styles of climbing, and is an excellent climb. It is a hard six mile backpack in, so this trip continues my transition to more backcountry efforts.

Dave at Lower Boyscout Lake

Dave near Mt. Thor

above Lower Boyscout Lake

looking down on Lower Boyscout Lake

Dave above Lower Boyscout Lake

Peak above Lower Boyscout Lake

3rd – Keeler – Whitney

Iceberg Lake

unnamed peaks above Iceberg Lake

looking down on Iceberg Lake

East Face of Mt. Whitney, climbers on Tower Traverse

looking east to a summit plateau

looking south

above the washboard on the east face

looking straight down from the fresh aire traverse

looking south

Mt. Whitney summit hut

base of 3rd and Keeler Needles

classic Sierra slabs