Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mt. Whitney Gear

It's hard to believe that in a couple of days I'll be climbing Mt. Whitney, my first 14,000ft peak, my first mountaineering experience, and my first crack at a dream I've had for the last five years. Plans are now more or less finalized and everything is ready to go. After my climbing partner suddenly canceled I've decided to attempt a solo climb.

After a cold, wet spring this year there is still plenty of snow on the trail and it won't be a nice simple walk right up to the top. To reach the summit is going to require real mountaineering experience, of which I have none. Thus the goal for me this June won't be to summit, but simply to enjoy some alpine climbing in the Sierra and build off this experience for future climbs. The Trail Crest (13,777ft) seems like an attainable goal.

I've spent the last 5 months running, hiking, and backpacking to get myself into shape for this climb and I feel as though I am more or less where I want to be. I've lost 12 lbs in the last 5 months while gaining a considerable amount of muscle. I've watched just about every youtube video on mountaineering, read every article online, and consulted a number of books in preparation for the climb. Now I'm in the process of packing my bags. Here's what I'm bringing:

REI Saturn 70 Internal Frame Backpack
Eureka! Backcountry 1-Person Tent
Mountain Hardware Switch 20 Sleeping Bag
Thermarest Pro Lite Sleeping Pad
JetBoil Group Cooking System and Extra Fuel
FirstNeed Water Purifier
BearVault BV 450 Bear Can
3 days of food

The North Face XTC Midweight Long Underwear Bottoms
Helly & Hansen Stripe Crew Long Underwear Top
REI Alpine Lakes Waterproof Pants
REI Muir Woods Fleece Jacket
Outdoor Research Revel Rain Jacket
REI OXT Breathable Midlayer
Light Runners gloves

Climbing Gear:
REI Yeti 70mm Ice Axe
C.A.M.P USA Stalker Crampons
Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters
Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp

First Aid Kit
Plastic Trashbag
Toilet Paper
Inyo National Forest Issued Wag Bag
SPF 50 Sunscreen
Extra cording

Camera Gear
Canon 20D Digital SLR
Canon 17-40mm L USM Wide Angle Lens


  1. Essentials: Deodorant! Toothbrush and toothpaste! Sunglasses! ID! Food...?

    Also, you should bring that cloth for cleaning the lens of your camera!

    ALSO, yay for the Gitzo Gorillapod being put to good use! :)

  2. Was awesome to hike up the first day with you.
    Cheers, Brooke