North American Classic Climbs

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Mount Whitney

East Face

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One of the most important mountains in the U.S., by an interesting and historic route. This is a moderate climb by technical standards, but its length, altitude, and route finding problems demand a degree of respect. There are other excellent routes on the face and adjoining East Ridge if you are looking for the best or most challenging climbing - the East Face is included in this collection more for its history than as a statement that it is the best route up the steep side of the mountain. Access to the basin is tightly regulated - contact the Forest Service in Lone Pine for information. Descent is typically by the Mountaineer's route. The East Face route is very popular.


Alpine Rock




Kings Canyon Nat'l Park, California, USA



G11, G37, I1, I2, W8, W40


III, 5.6


Route Descriptions & Maps:

Route Description USGS topographic map

First Ascent:

R. Underhill, N. Clyde, J. Eichorn, G. Dawson, August 16, 1931


Trip Reports:

Artman, 10/02
Jones 9/91
Donohue 9/00