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#50375 - 07/13/08 05:43 PM Whitney Portal Hostel -- information
Kurt Wedberg Offline


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Doug hosted a nice BBQ at the Whitney Portal Hostel which is now open for business! It's been a long time waiting for it. A good time was had by all who were there on Friday night. A couple pics. The rest are here.   For reservations, call 760-876-0030

A message board forum just for the hostel is here: Whitney Portal Hostel forum.





Left to right: Bob (Bob R), Sheila, Laura (Moose Tracks), Jack (Whitneyn1), Betsy, Sara







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#50411 - 07/14/08 10:43 AM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel Now Open! [Re: Kurt Wedberg]
Sierra Cement Offline
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Registered: 04/22/05
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Loc: Oceanside, CA
Wow how cool. We now have a cheaper option for staying at a motel in Lone Pine! Thanks Doug.

That party must have been great. I'd love to listen to Bob and Kurt spin a few tales while eating a burger or two.

Here's to wishing the Thompson's success with your new hostel.

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#51009 - 07/25/08 09:54 AM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel Now Open! [Re: Sierra Cement]
Ken Offline
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Loc: Studio City, Ca
bump. Would it be reasonable to have this thread as a sticky or announcement. I wanted some friends to see the pictures, and it was three pages back, and getting buried.

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#51010 - 07/25/08 09:58 AM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel Now Open! [Re: Ken]
spinefxr Offline
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Registered: 02/26/03
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Loc: San Clemente, CA
There is a forum dedicated to the Hostel.

Whitney Portal Hostel


Edited by spinefxr (08/13/08 11:13 AM)
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#52397 - 08/25/08 06:42 PM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: Kurt Wedberg]
longabear Offline
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Registered: 08/24/08
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Loc: central coast california
Nice looking hostel, I will consider staying there when I visit.

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#55636 - 11/04/08 11:33 AM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: longabear]
Pokey92544 Offline
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Registered: 10/03/06
Posts: 28
Loc: Carlsbad, CA
I had the pleasure of staying at the hostel this past weekend, the nights of Nov. 1-2, and I've got to tell you, folks, this is such a deal!

I don't know how many of you have stayed in hostels before, and my own experience is limited. But in my limited experience, Doug Sr. & Co. are providing way more than the bare-bones lodging you can expect from a typical hostel at the typically low hostel price. Look at the pictures of the rooms with the made-up bunk beds. Normally, you check in and are handed a set of sheets and a pillow case to make your own bed. And sometimes, you provide the pillow. When you claim your made-up bed at the WP Hostel, you'll find a neatly folded towl, hand towel and wash cloth. Normally, it's BYO towel. And BYO soap. Here, you get soap and shampoo. And each room has an attached bathroom. No going down the hall to take a shower, or answer the call of nature.

Then there are chores, or the lack thereof. Typically, but not at WP, you're expected to make up your bed when you arrive and strip it when you leave. Some old-school hostels also require you to do something to earn your keep, like sweep the floor in the community kitchen, or dump a load of beer bottles and cans into recycle bins if the hostel is in ski country. Here, you pay your money and you're good to go, just like a Motel 6 or the Ritz-Carlton.

The point is, people, this hostel is way more than a crash pad for those who come off the mountain needing a shower and a bed. And I think all of us who have benefitted so much from reading this board owe it to Doug & Co. to spread the word through and beyond the hiking-climbing community: For 20 bucks (22 and change including tax) the Whitney Portal Hostel is Such a Deal!

Phil

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#55699 - 11/06/08 10:50 AM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: Kurt Wedberg]
Ridgeline Offline
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Registered: 12/08/03
Posts: 387
Loc: Granada Hills Ca
Phil, Trailbud (Doug) and myself were in your/our room Sat night. Sorry about the early check out, hope you got some sleep after we left.
Dave

PS Firm mattress, clean sheets, hot shower, but dont tell everyone we may have to book weeks in advance.


Edited by Ridgeline (11/06/08 10:54 AM)

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#56071 - 11/21/08 05:47 PM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: Kurt Wedberg]
Phreak Offline
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Registered: 11/21/08
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Where exactly is the hostel located? I'm heading back out to hike the JMT next August and would like to check out the place.

Thanks.
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#56073 - 11/21/08 06:57 PM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: Phreak]
MooseTracks Offline
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Registered: 08/15/06
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Loc: B-town Eastside, CA
Hwy 395 and Post St, Lone Pine. One block south of Whitney Portal Road on the east side of the road.
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#56585 - 12/14/08 01:11 AM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: Kurt Wedberg]
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I'm not 100% sure but I think I met that woman in the first pic on white mountain peak wearing a moose hat. grin
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#57272 - 01/11/09 09:02 PM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: Kurt Wedberg]
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I decided not to stop in Lone Pine instead of Bishop on my way home from Mammoth. I was surprised to see a note on the door of the Hostel indicating that the Hostel was closed for the nights of January 9 and 10. While today was January 11, I was there just over an hour before it was scheduled to reopen. frown I will try and drop by on my next trip to the area. Hope you had a great weekend.
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#58228 - 02/16/09 06:02 PM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: Kurt Wedberg]
White Tundra Offline
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Registered: 03/13/03
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Loc: Santa Ana, Ca
I finally got a chance to spend a night at the MT Whitney Hostel. I had just finished a great Ice Climbing class in Lee Vining Canyon Saturday with Kurt Wedberg and another client, and was headed home to SoCal. I drove down to Lone Pine and walked over to the Hostel. Doug was there behind the counter. After I told him that I hadn't been there before, he graciously gave me the tour of the facility and walked me up to a room so I could take a look. The hostel is VERY nice, clean, new, quiet, and comfortable. I got to spend quite a while talking to Doug before I went upstairs (on a pair of very tired legs) and took a long hot shower and called it a night.

Very nice place, Doug. I will be back.

(Hopefully in August or September, with a MT Whitney overnight permit in hand!)

Scott McCay

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#58852 - 03/09/09 07:36 PM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: Kurt Wedberg]
Hans Offline
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Registered: 10/04/06
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Doug,
How late can one check into the Whitney Portal Hostel.
Could I check in late Friday evening or even very early Saturday morning, i.e. in the wee hours around 1 or 2 am?
Hans

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#58858 - 03/10/09 06:38 AM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: Hans]
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Hi Hostel is open , best is to call or email whitnestor@aol.com and let us know if it is a late night checkin, we go to bed around 10 PM and most nights the rooms are full after about 7 PM so we have space but are allowing single/double to use the room without sharing . We have 14 beds set aside for late check ins. Thanks Doug

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#59731 - 04/04/09 04:45 AM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: Doug Sr]
wdwden Offline
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Registered: 12/26/08
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Loc: NJ
I recently booked a night for us at the Hostel in June. It will be a nice nights sleep after backpacking Yosemite and then heading up Whitney. I too will probably be a late night check in.

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#63443 - 06/16/09 11:15 AM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: wdwden]
bj Offline
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Loc: Orange County
Doug,

Can you stop by the hostel just to get a shower??


bj
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#63524 - 06/18/09 02:28 PM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: bj]
Pokey92544 Offline
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BJ

You can indeed stop by the hostel for a shower; I did it on my last trip up three weeks ago. Cost was 5 bucks, I believe, and included soap and a towel. There are three shower stalls -- no waiting! -- and it felt great to hose a couple days mud and dust off before heading back up the hill to my tent at the Portal.

Phil

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#66111 - 08/06/09 08:59 AM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: Pokey92544]
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Someone emailed and asked me, and I don't know:

Is there a kitchen that guests can use to cook food they bring?

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#66113 - 08/06/09 09:18 AM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: ]
SoCalGirl Offline
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Registered: 06/24/08
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Loc: Spring Valley, CA
Microwaves in a back room off the lobby/reception area...
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#66127 - 08/06/09 11:20 AM Re: Whitney Portal Hostel -- information [Re: SoCalGirl]
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Loc: Riverside, California
Is there a frig where one can keep any food?

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