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Whitney East Face with Joe and Candy 6/14-16/07

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On the summit     Joe at the top of the 9th pitch     whitney-ef-joe-candy_9.jpg

Over the years we have done a lot of trips with Joe Maher and Candy McNulty from Reno. each time Joe pushes Candy a little more and she comes through with style and aplomb. We did the Venusian Arete on Temple Crag a couple of weeks ago and this time it was off to Whitney for the east face. We decided to make this three day trip. it is possible to climb and hike out in the same day, but it makes for a long day with no time to relax.
So we hiked in on Day One and camped at Iceberg Lake. Climbing day was a 6.00am start, arriving at the base of the climb at 7.00am. We climbed on one rope, halving it for the tricky sections and running out near full rope lengths on the easy ground. It all went just too smoothly and we were on top at 1.00pm. The days were wonderfully warm and the nights as perfect as they come with not a breath of wind and with no moon the stars shone brilliantly all night long. Typical of Joe he brought in a bottle of champagne – a full one this time. So with bubbly, crab, tomatoes, avocado and brie we celebrated great climb that could not have gone better.
Refreshed after a good nights sleep we headed back to the trailhead on Day 3 to the ever popular Whitney Portal French fries.
Next up is Matterhorn Peak and in August Joe and Candy have a trip planned to the Tetons to try the Grand Traverse. Good luck to them.

Camp at Iceberg Lake whitney-ef-joe-candy_24.jpg


Written by SP Parker

June 20, 2007 at 12:35 am

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  1. Finally got my Precambrian computer cooperating, thus the late reply. This season is turning out to be our best ever having started out with Venusian Blind on Temple Crag and then on to Whitney. But last weekend’s trip to Banner’s northeast buttress was so great that it’s hard to rank them all relative to one another. SP did a whale of a job onsiting the route as it was new to all of us. It seemed that the whole eastern side of the mountain was overhung near the top and looked quite daunting, but SP found a notch with only a minor amount of overhang. Perhaps a 5.8 to move through it. Pretty slick! But a long day start to finish of some 13 hours.

    This trip counts for Candy’s fourteenth (I think I have the number right) in her budding climbing career with Sierra Mountain Center. Her epi rush from Temple then followed by Whitney was just beginning to wane a bit, but Banner recharged it totally! We have great confidence in the young lads (including SP) at SMC and have honed outdoor skills under excellent tutelage ranging from snow, ice, alpine rock, backcountry skiing and avalanche awareness. They do a superb technical job, provide many great memories and the comraderie that develops is indeed a treasure.

    We look forward to upping the ante with more and more challenging climbs in the future — as long as the old bones and joints hold out, that is!

    Best regards to all, Joe & Candy

    Joe Maher

    August 1, 2007 at 4:18 pm

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