Mount Whitney 2005 Climbers: Mandi Alt, Kurtiss Stecker and Ramon Ebert

Return of the Backpacking Home

This was another assault on the mountain in early season again over Memorial Day Weekend. We hit hit the snow much lower than the previous year. which made for a more interesting experience.

We again didn't summit due to poor conditions and a long tough slog up the Chute. We again glissaded down the chute but it was much later in the day. Unfortunately that meant the chute was frozen when we decended. With frozen ice we slide much too fast. Mandi made a 500 foot freefall at one point before coming to a stop. I too had a mishap in breaking my hand. That stopped the sliding. We put crampons back on and walked the rest of the way down...