Frequently Asked Questions
About Whitney PortalSearch and Rescure
What happens when something goes wrong?
It must be made clear that THERE ARE NO RESCUE CAPABILITIES AT THE PORTAL. Many visitors to this area do not understand the concept of "Wilderness." This has led to many troublesome confrontations with distraught party members about the lack of instantaneous resolution to emergency needs.
What we can do:
1. Call the Inyo County Sheriff's dispatch at 760-876-5606, rather than 911. A call from a cell phone to 911 connects with the CHP, and we have had trouble with communications. For problems over the crest, call Sequoia/Kings at 209-565-3195.
2. Gather all details: who, what, where, and when.
3. Find out if the party is moving, and if so, which direction (up or down?).
Play it safe, and have the best chance at success.
- Sierra Mountain Center: SP Parker
- Sierra Mountain Guides: Howie Schwartz
- Sierra Mountaineering International: Kurt Wedberg
Showers with towel and soap $7.00
There is one shower on the mountain - at the Whitney Portal Store, and 5 showers at the hostel, in addition to bathrooms in each room, as well as in the main area of the building.
We rent bear canisters at both locations (limited supply) for $2.00 a day.
The Hostel is located in Lone Pine at 238 South Main Street.
NOTE: Whitney Portal Hostel holds hiker packages for our guests. Packages MUST have a throw away date (Approximate arrival date). If the package/s are not picked up within two weeks of the expected date, we throw away the package/s. This is a very kind service so please know the limitations and plan ahead. Send UPS or Fed-Ex ONLY. They DO NOT and will not pick up packages from the US Post office for you. And, they are unable to return or forward any packages.