Packing for Alpine Rock Routes on Mt. Whitney

It’s summer, and alpine rock climbing season is in full swing. I recently ran two trips back to back on Mt. Whitney’s East Face route for Sierra Mountaineering International. This included 8600 vertical feet of walking and about 2,000 feet of climbing in 3 days (since I had to approach and descend twice)! Perfect weather and great company made for fun trips.

Here is a picture and list of what I brought:

Gear for Mt. Whitney alpine rock routes.
Gear for Mt. Whitney alpine rock routes.

Rope: 60m, 9.2mm Mammut Infinity

Rack: B.D. 3,2,1,.75,.5, Aliens: red, grey, yellow, green, Set of B.D. Stoppers, Nut tool (single rack from big hands to fingers)

Draws: 8 shoulder length alpine draws, 2 double length draws

Harness: Ultralight Arctyrex, Belay device and 4 lockers


2 cords

Shelter: B.D. Megalight tent

Plastic ground sheet

Neo air pad

30 degree sleeping bag

Stove: MSR Pocket Rocket, 4 oz. fuel

Titanium mug, spoon

First aid and repair kit


Wag bag

Toiletry kit: Toothbrush and paste, sunscreen, hand sanitizer

Head Lamp

2 Gator aid water bottles

Trekking poles, for walking and setting up the shelter

All of this fits into my Cilo Gear 40l. Worksack

Total weight was about 40lbs, not bad for a guide pack and carrying extra stuff while including the rope and rack!

I hope this helps with your packing. See you in the mountains!




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