20090714-16.  David and Carolyn joined me for a three day trip up the East Buttress of Mt. Whitney.  We had beautiful weather and easy hiking to Iceberg Lake on the first day.

We had a fantastic climb up the East Buttress, with a beautiful sunrise and warm temperatures – We reached the summit in our shirt sleeves!  After a long lunch and leisurely descent, we turned in for a second night.   Late in the morning we finally got started down, and took our time to the burgers and fries at Doug Thompson’s Whitney Portal Store.
Thanks for a great time, Carolyn and David!

Chris Simmons is an AMGA Certified Alpine Guide and an Alpine, Rock, and Ski Guide for SMC.  More about Chris’ adventures in the Sierra and around the world can be found at his blog, Climb.Ski.Run.Sleep.Repeat.