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Shirley LamEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 5, 2006

Shirley Lam

Continues to be one of my favorite ridges in the Sierras...beautiful views!
Posted Jan 30, 2008 9:27 pm

bighornmonkeyDone...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2006


East Ridge twice... awesome route!
Posted Dec 27, 2007 4:40 am

derekp62East Ridge with Loma Prieta PCS
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2007


Summited with our entire group from the Loma Prieta peak climbing section of the Sierra Club. Had a nice climb up Carillon the previous day.
Posted Nov 21, 2007 4:55 pm

ZzyzxEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2007
Solo hike of Russell / Whitney and Muir in a day. I almost gave up on it before getting to the ridge. When I'd climbed it before, I'd taken the first couloir past the Upper Boyscout to get to the Russell / Carillon plateau, but this time I decided to do the Rockwell variation. It was terrible! All that loose rock and send made the upward progress very slow, and the only reason I kept going was that I didn't want to go back down the same way. Once at the plateau, at the beginning of the E. Ridge, I decided to go for the summit. Descended the South Face (right side).
Posted Oct 26, 2007 1:23 am

panweilinMy 1st CA 14ers  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2004


It was my first California 14er. Just happened to pick one of the toughest on the list.
Posted Oct 25, 2007 2:14 pm

Matt WorsterRussell Carillion  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007

Matt Worster

Russell, then Carillion, with some nice thundercracks as we shot up Carillion. We took Rockwell variation up, standard route down. The Rockwell variation isn't necessarily better, but it sucks less on the way up. East Ridge of Russell was nice scrambly fun. Wish there was more of it!
Posted Sep 4, 2007 10:49 am

brusyQuadruple 14neer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2007


Went up the Whitney Trail on Friday, camped at crowded Trail camp. The other day got up the switchbacks, made a little side trip to Mt. Muir, short fun climb! Continued following the trail up Whitney summit, spent few hours chatting with people (there were many), than climbed down the Mountaineers Route to Iceberg Lake and spent another windy night there. Didn't get much sleep as the wind blew instantly to my face through my bivy... Another morning I stared late ,9:30, and headed up the Iceberg Col and then traversed to Russel's South Face, which was a long scramble up the face, than a little class 3 up to the ridge. I took the easier Right Side variation. After hanging around summit with 2 guys who climbed Fishhook Arete, climbed down, packed all my stuff and followed the North Folk Creek Trail down to the portal. I must say it is much easier to do so if there is snow... My knees were killing me... That night I drove my car to Cottonwood Lakes trail head, camped there and in the morning started early for the Mt. Langley never ending day hike... Took me 9.5 hours round trip but it was worth it. Beautiful area at Cottonwood Lakes...
Met so many great people on this trip that I have talked to and spent some time with and that was certainly the most rewarding feeling of the whole trip...
Posted Aug 24, 2007 12:11 pm

skottySouth-Face-Right-SIde  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2007


Great peak and fund route. I attempted a one-day ascent of the East Ridge route last year and didn't make it. This time, we spent the night at Iceberg Lake, summited the next morning and was back to the car early in the afternoon. A lot of hype out there about the South Face being a painful "scree slog". I found the approach of the East Ridge to be equal scree slog; neither of which are really that painful.
Posted Aug 20, 2007 12:21 am

Seth MaciejowskiEast Ridge/South Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

Seth Maciejowski

Awesome route! Nice descent down the south face chute to russell whitney col! Beautiful views of whitney and Keeler Needle from the foot of the ridge.
Posted Aug 14, 2007 5:29 pm

sierradiscgolferRockwell-East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007


Thanks Rick, and Tom and Joe... You guys really rock!!
Posted Aug 14, 2007 10:37 am

Bill KishEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

Bill Kish

2007 Sierra Challenge alternate peak. Beautiful line up a stately mountain on perfect rock. Repeated 9/19/09 with Marina.
Posted Aug 12, 2007 11:33 pm

metasyn11East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007


Great scramble on the east ridge as an alternate peak in the '07 Sierra Challenge. The 'slog' up to the ridge wasn't actually that bad because we stuck to the rocks rather than the sand. After summiting I descended the south face and climbed Whitney's north face before taking the Whitney Trail back.
Posted Aug 11, 2007 10:23 pm

gordonyeFishhook Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2007


Followed Dirk (Diggler) for 9 pitces on the Fishhook Arete. Very fun moderate climb with thrilling exposure for the whole route. Mellow approach from Iceberg Lake and fun class 4 downclimb on descent. Best view of Mount Whitney from the summit.
Posted Aug 6, 2007 1:00 pm

bennovakRockwell variation-East ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2007


Dayhike with a group of good friends. A really cool ridge. A bit of exposure and incredible views. The Rockwell variation is a slog too, but not as bad as the standard route up the R-C pass. Finished up by running back to the campground in Lone Pine.
Posted Aug 6, 2007 12:54 pm

SkydiveKenLong day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2007


Mt Russell up the south west face left side (class 4) and down the east ridge. Click on the image for the pics.

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by skydiveken
Posted Jul 24, 2007 12:18 am

eferesenEastern Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2007


What a fun ride. I had been reading about Mount Russell and I finally did it. I met a couple of hikers and we had the peak to ourselves. I love this mountain. Thanks you geologic forces and mother nature
Posted Jul 2, 2007 2:54 pm

ghoulwe2East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2007


Up the East Ridge from Whitney Portal, then down to Tulainyo Lake & a camp below Wallace Lake - next day did the N. Rib of Mt. Tyndall.
Posted Jul 2, 2007 2:54 pm

Steve LarsonEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2007

Steve Larson

Despite my lack of enthusiasm in the morning, I made pretty good time (by my standards). 5 1/2 hours from Portal to summit, including about an hour of lollygaging at LBSL and UBSL. Took the far right chute up to the plateau--this is way better than the obvious one as seen from the lake. You can stay on talus most of the time. Hard to believe that there seemed to be no one in the NF drainage that day, except for two dayhikers. I ran into two other groups on their way in for an overnight as I descended to the Portal. Even the MMWT was pretty much empty. Awesome day, though. Warm, and hardly a breath of wind.
Posted Jun 23, 2007 12:16 am

atavistwarm up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2006


Climbed Russell one week before my departure for Denali. The climb was good, soloed up the 5.4 chute via Iceberg Lake. Ever since this climb, the fishhook arete has been at the top of my list.

Edit to Add: Climbed Fishhook Arete on 6/15/08.
Posted Jun 21, 2007 12:18 pm

Dave SFishhook Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2009

Dave S

Great climb! Climbed Fishhook Arete with Will and Luis after climbing the EF of Whitney the day before. Definitely enjoyed this one more than either the EF or EB on Whitney!

Date Climbed: 10 Sept 2006
Route Climbed: East Ridge

Climbed the East Ridge (and also Mt Carillon) for the second time this summer. Great route!
Posted Jun 21, 2007 2:18 am

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