Joe (me), John, Sooz, Kathy and Jay at the trailhead at 8,300' for the early morning start.
We left the main trail here at the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek.
John and Sooz below climbing up to the start of the Ebersbacher Ledges.
Jay on the Ebersbacher Ledges as the sun sarts to rise.
Kathy on the ledges.
It was just getting light as we hiked on the edges.
John and Sooz on the ledges.
The sun rising from behind the Inyo Mountains.
Morning sun on the Needles.
Waterfall along the trail.
Early morning light on Mount Whitney and the Needles.
Sooz crossing the stream at the outlet to Lower Boy Scout Lake at 10,400'.
The slabs up ahead. That tiny person in the lower right corner is Kathy.
Jay on the slabs waiting for us to catch up.
Looking back down at Lower Boy Scout Lake and it's meadow.
Looking across a section of the slabs. Really cool looking with the water flowing on them.
Kathy and Sooz on the slabs.
Hiking on after regrouping.
One last slab shot, sunshine on the water.
Mount Russell 14,086'. A small section of Upper Boy Scout Lake can be seen in the lower right.
Mount Whitney and the Needles come into view as we head for Iceberg Lake.
The gang waiting for me to catch up. Whitney and the Needles in back.
The east face of Mount Whitney.
Iceberg Lake at about 12,600'. Mount Russell 14,086' on the left.
The group at Iceberg Lake figuring out a route to take to the notch.
A view of Mount Whitney from the lake. It's a 1,400' climb to the notch, then a 500' foot climb to the summit from the notch.
The route we used to reach the notch.
Zoomed in on the notch.
Sooz and John approach the first climb. Kathy and Jay are up ahead.
This first section was fairly steep.
This section was fun, steep with no exposure.
Looking back down on Iceberg Lake, great colors.
Zoomed in on Iceberg's south shore.
This is just past the first steep section. Starts out shallow but gets steeper near the notch.
Zoomed in a little on Sooz and John. Others can be seen up ahead,
Zoomed in on the notch and the group of folks climbing to it.
Another view of Iceberg Lake with Mount Carillon 13,552'.
The Couloir got really steep as we neared the notch.
This section had a lot of scree.
Sooz and Kathy approaching the notch at 14,000'.
Looking east towards Lone Pine from the notch.
Kathy with Jay just above her starting on the 500' climb to the peak. The other group used a different route to the summit.
Looking down on John as I start on the climb. Those lakes are about 1,600' below on the west side of the notch.
John and Sooz just ahead of me with Kathy and Jay about a 100' above.
Kathy and Jay on the left with others higher up crossing on a ledge above the snow.
Ice flow. There was ice in a few places on the climb to the summit.
Jay and Kathy almost to the summit.
Looking down with about a 100' to go on the climb.