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05/19/16

Tibet in Tuolumne Benefit For The Rowell Fund For Tibet

http://www.savetibet.org/yosemite/

by John at 07:59:18 am



08/04/06

Note to reporter who may be meeting us at Charles Mound

We plan on parking at around 9:00 and starting our walk then.

by David at 06:22:53 am



07/02/06

Mount Whitney Mountaineers Route photos.

Technology is an amazing thing. I uploaded the pictures to our server while driving on Interstate 95 between Bangor and Newport in Maine.

The photos in this post are courtesy of Tony Rowell and John Ackerly and are copyrighted by the photographer as indicated on each photo. I scaled them down, added a little sharpening and increased the jpg compression for the web.

Sorry for the delay in posting these pictures. None of Team HighPoint were on the Mountaineer's Route so, we didn't have immediate access to the photos. It looks like all of the climbers on that route had a great time. I'm sure there are many of us that were on the Main Trail that would have loved to join the second team.

The Mountaineer's Route Team started the day before the Main Mount Whitney Trail (MMWT) team. On the first day they hiked into Iceberg lake (12,200 ft). Here they set up camp and probably sorted gear for their ascent the next day.

Base camp at Iceberg lake

The next day they got up and had breakfast before beginning there climb at around 8:00. I know when we finally got a radio call from them saying they were getting started, several of us were pretty envious. After all, by 8:00, we had already covered almost 9 miles and over 5,000 ft. of elevation!

The Mountaineer's Route(MR) was covered with snow above Iceberg lake and required the use of crampons and ice axes. In the next photo, you can see that the climbers were also roped to each other for additional safety.

Starting the Mountaineer's Route

Here the climbers are nearing the summit of Mt. Whitney. The MR climb took about 4 hours with both the MR team and the MMWT team reaching the summit within 1 minute of each other!

Nearing the summit from the Mountaineer's Route

The final pitches of the MR are the steepest and from what I hear the most challenging. Sure looks like a lot of fun!

Final pitches on the Mountaineer's Route

On the summit, the two teams opened some champagne that had been carried to the top. From what I hear John Ackerly made sure that everyone was wearing at least a little champagne.

Champagen on Whitney's summit

Last but not least is a photo of the two teams together on the summit

Both teams

by David at 10:00:32 am




North East Swing Schedule changes

Hello 50 for Tibet supporters,

For those of you following the North East portion of the High point adventure be advised we have changed the schedule as follows:

After climbing Mount Marcy on the 5th, we are going to attempt to climb Mount Greylock in Massachusetts, Mount Frisell in Connecticut and Jerimoth Hill in Rhode Island in the same day on the 6th of July.

We are hoping that this will provide a little more of challenge as well as give us an extra day to spend exploring Boston before flying home




06/25/06

Boundary peak Pictures

Hello 50 for Tibet supporters,

Here are a couple of pictures from our recent climb of boundary peak.
When I get copies of the other team members photos, I'll be sure to post them as well.

After much deliberating about which of the two routes listed in the Wingers book, Highpoint Adventures we would take, we were presented with a third route. As we got above the marsh like area at the trail head and rounded the bend above tree line, we noticed a snow field that appeared to terminate only a little below the ridge leading to the summit.

Jennifer in front of Boundary Peak

The snow field we climbed is just visible above Jenn's right shoulder. Of course because we didn't follow an established trail, we had a little route finding to do on the summit ridge, but nothing too complicated.

After that it was time for all the photo's that seem to be almost required on any of our trips. Here's one I took of John with Montgomery Peak in California directly behind his back.

John on the summit of Boundary Peak