Great route and you can combine pitches to always be in the sun. I sure as hell didn't find a 5.8 way, pitches 1 and 3 felt 5.9 although you could probably find a way around the difficulties. Did a flaring crack on pitch 7 that was more towards 10- but I think we had gotten off route. If your second isn't solid with wide cracks bring a #4 for the 5.8 downclimb. Savor the exposure!
You can see this beautiful, distinct, golden J-shaped line from the top of Whitney - it's exciting! Even though we timed it to get to the base with sun, it was still extremely cold all day, due to the wind. The cruxes were short and felt easier than 5.9 to me (except maybe the 2nd crux - there are 3, according to SuperTopo - was awkward), but I was just so glad to be moving and climbing on that gorgeous rock. A spectacular finish to the John Muir Trail!!!
Car-to-Car with Matt and Jasmine. Matt and I alternated the leads and he got the odd pitches.
Beautiful line - fun and exposed climbing on a very clean, solid rock. I am surprised with rc 5.8 rating because some sections of Fishhook Arete are definitely harder than 5.8 even by orthodox standards.
One look at the Fishhook Arete from the summit of Whitney and you are almost drawn to it. We packed into Iceburg Lake Friday, climbed Whitney EF Sat, and then climbed Fishhook Sun. Other than maybe two short sections of 5.8/9 the climbing was fun and pretty straightforward as shown on the topo. Climbed with Jason.