Mount Whitney 

  • Mountaineer’s Route – 3 Day Summit
  • September 17-19, 2021
  • Difficulty Level 5 (most strenuous)
  • Fundraising Commitment – $3,000 per participant
  • Trip Capacity: 9 Participants, 3 Guides

Trip Descirption

Join SWS Mountain Guides on one of our most popular trips, a guided climb of Mt Whitney via the Mountaineers route (class 3-4). At 14,505 feet, the highest peak in the lower 48 states. A great introduction to summer alpine climbing in the Sierra Nevada.

You can reach the summit via the Mountaineer’s Route with a desire, essential hiking & backpacking skills, and proper physical conditioning. We will teach you the techniques you need to know about safety ascent via Mt Whitney via this classic Sierran Route. 

Our trip is an excellent climb for the beginning mountaineer or intermediate backpacker who wants to climb this peak via an adventurous route with fantastic views of the East Face and East Buttress plus many other mountains in the Sierra summit. Space is limited to 8 clients and two guides. Permits and permit fees included. Book early; permits are very limited on Mt Whitney during the summer.

Departure: Lone Pine, California
Group Size: 6-8 clients with two guides – 1: 3/4 guide to client ratio
Experience Level: Beginners to Intermediate hikers, climbers, and mountaineer’s, No previous mountaineering experience is needed. Hiking and Backpacking experience highly recommended.

Presented by Sierra Wilderness Seminars (SWS)

What Our Students Say

“BAWT has been instrumental in helping me accomplish my goal of exposing youth to nature… On top of the wonderful experience of bonding, sharing, and laughing through thoughtful engaging activities, I learned that for years I had been doing things wrong (at least not the most organized, effective, and time saving way). My planning, preparation, and organizational skills increased two fold, minimally. The impact my new skills had on the next youth camping trip….priceless. I was so much more competent and confident. This relieved a huge amount of stress associated with the trip and made it far more enjoyable for staff and myself.”

Zotunde Morton

Youth Worker
Ujimaa Foundation

So excited to continue the growth of our club. This was our 5th completed trip this year, and I feel so grateful that it’s beginning to feel like a real institution and space respected in the school! Thank you BAWT, for your dedication to supporting all humans in experiencing the healing and power of Mother Earth. Excited to continue our partnership!

Mira Stern

Leadership High School
Exerpt from 2018 Wild Club Trip Reflection

youth served in 2019

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Courses taught

Other courses

Hiking Leadership Training

1-day course for novice and experienced hikers provides leadership and facilitation skills for planning, organizing and leading fun and safe hikes with youth.

Wilderness First Aid

WFA is a highly experiential 2-day class for everyone who wants to learn how to handle medical situations in the backcountry. You’ll gain the confidence and the skills to handle a first aid emergency.

Frontcountry Leadership Training

Our FLT is an entry-level “car camping” course that covers all the basic skills and resources needed to take youth safely and successfully on overnight trips.