Good climb with a lot of exposure for class 3. We left from Upper Boy Scout Lake, over some benches to a small tarn in a N.W. direction, then a few more benches, which opened up to a broad couloir, heading back N.E. to the Russell- Carillon Saddle. Then up the arete, with a false summit thrown in for good measure. Ha! We came down to our camp in a more direct line, in a S.E. direction. This was a fast descent, but I enjoyed our ascent route better. It was a more varied route.
I went up the East Ridge, met up with two other climbers (Tom H. & Larry) showed them the way to the summit. Stayed around took some good photos and headed down the South chute. At the bottom, by Russell/Whitney pass, I ascended up the north face of Whitney coming out on top of the mountaineer's route. Summit Whitney, then Muir and down to Lower Boy Scout Lake in 9hrs.
After bagging Muir and Whitney, I descended Whitney's North Face to the low point between Whitney and Russell. Then I cruised up the Class 3 South Face of Russell. Most of the climb was on Class 2 loose talus and sand. There was a fun (albeit short) section of Class 3 rock near the top.
Some time I need to go climb some of the more demanding routes on Russell. The Mithal Dihedral looks awesome.