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BranchWhitneyFound a better way  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2016
We climbed the chute and wall before the normal chute below the East Ridge. It gets you out of the sand sooner and the wall at the top of the chute is a fun class 3/4 climb. It looks class 5 from a distance.
This is the chute that in most guidebooks etc. labelled as: don't climb this chute.
Posted Sep 15, 2016 10:23 pm

SchwartzOnLots of Class 3  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2016


After scouting the correct pass from Whitney, it took me a few attempts to gain the Russel-Carrilon Pass. After finally gaining on that rock strewn wet ledge, I did the traverse. Was that the best kind of rock for a ridge traverse? Super slabby and high friction. Returned to camp at Iceberg Lake.
Posted Sep 15, 2016 12:51 pm

DukeJHLong Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2016


Hauled a load from the Portal to UBSL before ascending the Rockwell Variation to the East Ridge. Descended the sand scree after tagging Carillon.
Posted Sep 12, 2016 11:18 am

austinorville1East Ridge Dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2016


Started the hike at 3:15am out of Whitney Portal's overnight parking lot. Rob and Tam, Frank and Brenda, and I Instantly started passing a dozen or so hikers before we left the main trail. We hiked in the dark all the way up to the Slabs just below Upper Boy Scout lake where we watched the sun rise. Just before we reached the slabs we found David, a member of our group who had left 30 min earlier than us. We filtered water there and then started hiking up the scree slog to the Hanging valley just below the Russell-Carillon pass. We were at the pass by 10am. The ridge was awesome the whole way with great hands and feet. Solid class 3 route + that exposure is insane! Summited at 12:30 and started going down just before 1. We filtered water again at the spot just below Upper Boy Scout lake. We arrived at the parking lot at 8pm and said our goodbyes to one another. A great day in the Sierras it was.
Posted Sep 6, 2016 2:59 pm

jdmorehouseFinally  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2015


Fourth time was the charm. Weathered off the East Ridge twice last year, and some unfortunate snow placement in June. As it was, I only got about ten minutes on the summit, as a storm was coming in (snow and rain began about the time I was back on the Russell/Carillon saddle). Day hike from Whitney Portal.
Posted Oct 23, 2015 5:16 pm

DieselRussell - the coolest looking mountain I've seen so far  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2014


I was very nervous going up to Russell due to never climbing a class 3 (on the East Ridge)- except for Muir, but that has only a short class 3 section. It turned out it is not as bad. The exposure, indeed great, did not scare me since I'm not afraid of heights. To get to the blade however, it is not for casual hikers.
Posted Oct 19, 2015 11:12 am

FairweatherEast Ridge day hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2013


2nd time up the East Ridge (this time with Todd). This was a long day, as we were not acclimated. First time was back in the mid 80's with Jim, after a week in Tuolumne Meadows and we blazed it. Also climbed the Fish Hook Arete with Marty in 1996 (one of the best climbing routes I have done in the Sierra - Not difficult, but perfect rock and a great location).
Posted Oct 17, 2015 8:13 pm

badmajickCatching up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012


Took a couple tries because of snow, but finally made it.
Posted Jul 22, 2014 3:08 pm

iditarod81Via East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2014


Our 11th California 14er!
Posted Jul 6, 2014 2:08 am

BobD3east ridge x2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2010


And July 30, 2012. An E-ticket climb, one of the best- ever.
Posted Feb 11, 2014 2:30 am

bcrowell2east ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2013
With Rich Kim and Pat Hadley.
Posted Jan 18, 2014 11:05 pm

Bluebell08East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2013


Camped at Upper Boy Scout for East Face on Whitney followed by East Ridge on Russell the following day. Amazing views!!! Loved the small summit to ourselves for admiring Whitney.
Posted Dec 12, 2013 2:38 pm

MadGrad96Russell   Sucess!


Love this mountain!
Posted Oct 31, 2013 7:15 pm

oliverkaltFinally ...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2013


... I got on the beautiful E-ridge. Acclimation hike for Whitney E-face the next day.
Posted Sep 26, 2013 12:48 am

douggrangerSouth Face, right side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2010


Went up & left at headwall near the top to reach the summit. Couldn't find the route to the right of the headwall.
Posted Sep 12, 2013 8:20 pm

DonnoS Face, Left Side, 5.0  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 1993


4 pitches w/ Doug. Descent of E ArĂȘte was highlight!
Posted Aug 11, 2013 10:53 pm

hightineraryFirst Time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2013


Perfect weather, fantastic day. East Ridge route, solo.
Posted Jul 31, 2013 10:37 pm

pauljohnwallaceNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2012


Carried over at conclusion of JMT
Posted Feb 7, 2013 3:32 pm

CWesselsEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2011


Day hike of Russell and Whitney together from MR. Tried to add Muir to the list, but scrambled up the wrong peak. There's a phony register on top of one of the unnamed pinnacles near Muir. Someone should remove it.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 6:48 pm

Ol WalsherEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2012

Ol Walsher

Day hike with Jed and Chad.
Posted Jun 17, 2012 11:59 pm

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