Mount Whitney, East Face Direct. In August 1974, Gary Colliver and I completed a new route on the east face of Mount Whitney. We started climbing in a crack system which starts to the left of the washboard. After seven pitches of F8 to F9 climbing and 300 feet of 3rd class we gained the top of the washboard. Two crack systems take off from here. We chose the straight-in crack to the right. Two pitches of F8 and two of F9 end 400 feet directly below the summit. We climbed clean. NCCS IV, F9.
Chris Vandiver, Unaffiliated