Mt. Whitney (CA) Nov 7, 2009 9:58:33 GMT -5
Post by Peter Bakwin on Nov 7, 2009 9:58:33 GMT -5
Matt Dubberley set the ascent (1h47m40s) and car-to-car (2h38m15s) FKTs for Mt Whitney via the Mountaineer's Route on August 2, 2015.
Andy Anderson had the previous the ascent (1h49m10s) and car-to-car (3h03m05s) FKTs, also via the Mountaineer's Route on Aug. 28, 2014.
Sid Hayes seems to have the FKT ascent of the Mt Whitney Trail, 2h08m20s, 24 August 1992.
Vernon Morris has the car-to-car FKT for the Mt Whitney Trail at "just over" 3h20m, set in 1991.
Gina Lucrezi set the women's car-to-car FKT for the Mt Whitney Trail at 5h29m22 (ascent in 3h9m40s), August 10, 2016.
Charity Dubberley set the women's ascent (3h10m8s) FKT for the Mountaineer's Route, and women's car-to-car (5h10m51s) FKT, August 9, 2017.
Tina Lewis set a new women's ascent (2h57m9s) and round-trip (5h36m3s) FKT for the Mountaineer's Route, August 16, 2017.
Mount Whitney, in the southern Sierra of California, is the highest peak in the contiguous United States, at 14,496 feet. The peak lies within the John Muir Wilderness and the Sequoia National Park Wilderness. Mt. Whitney is the southern terminus of the John Muir Trail. Mt. Whitney is an extremely popular wilderness destination, and so activities in the "Mt. Whitney Zone" are highly regulated, as discussed on the Inyo National Forest Mt. Whitney website. Permits are required for all ascents of Whitney, and quotas are in effect from May 1 to November 1.
Matt Dubberley set the overall fastest ascent (1h47m40s) and car-to-car (2h38m15s) times for Whitney on August 2, 2015, via the Mountaineer's Route. His detailed report his here, along with a link to his GPS track. The FKT run was his second attempt after a failed effort a few days earlier.
Before Dubberly, Andy Anderson set the overall fastest ascent (1h49m10s) and car-to-car (3h03m05s) times on Aug. 28, 2014, also via the Mountaineer's Route. Anderson's splits are below, along with a link to his full trip report. His gps track for the run is here. On August 6 he had run the ascent in 1h50m (then FKT) and the round-trip in 3h13m (not FKT).
Prior to Anderson, Brett Maune had the overall fastest ascent (1h56m54s) and car-to-car (3h6m39s) times for Whitney on Oct. 5, 2012, via the Mountaineer's Route, as reported below (trip report and splits). Maune also reports some historical FKTs below. Prior to Maune, Jason Lackey had done the Mountianeer's Route car-to-car in about 3h08m in 2002.
Sid Hayes has the ascent-only FKT on the main Mt Whitney Trail at 2h8m20s, set in 24 August 1992 (our information is that the report below of a faster time is incorrect - personal communication with Dan Howitt). Vernon Morris has the car-to-car FKT for the main trail at "just over" 3h20m set in 1991. Apparently, Morris did the route twice that day as training for the Pikes Peak Marathon and Pikes Peak Ascent combo. He did the PPA that year in 2h34m45s, and the PPM the next day in 4h02m19s.
We had no reports of female FKTs on Mt Whitney prior to Gina Lucrezi's car-to-car in 5h29m22s (ascent in 3h9m40s) via the Mt Whitney Trail on August 10, 2016 (reported below with link to GPS track). A year later (August 9, 2017) Charity Dubberley ascended the Mountaineer's Route in 3h10m8s, and descended the Mt Whitney Trail for a car-to-car women's FKT time of 5h10m51s, as reported below (with GPS track). Dubberley's FKT lasted only 1 week, and on August 16, 2017, Tina Lewis ascended the Mountaineer's Route in 2h57m9s, with a round-trip time (descending the MR as well) of 5h36m3s. Lewis' GPS track is here. She said, "I ended up in the wrong gully coming down and had to climb back up and the couloir was sketch and slow going... not super runnable right now with all the water - I twisted my ankle badly and wiped out a few times. I reached the summit at 2h55m but touched that metal sign at 2h57m. Started my watch at the bottom Mt Whitney sign at the road."
How was your hike today? - Doug Thompson Sr., owner of the Whitney Portal Store
Crazy people don't turn around -- they are too crazy. - Andy Anderson
Mt. Whitney route map
Matt Dubberley finishing his FKT run on Mt Whitney, August 2, 2015.