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JohnRoute Climbed: East Ridge + 5.4 Approach Date Climbed: August 24, 2002  Sucess!


Nice day with Bob's 2002 Sierra Mountaineers Challenge group. See my SP Trip Report for more detail.
Posted Aug 27, 2002 2:17 am

scottybRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 2, 2001  Sucess!


Fun day hike from the Portal
Posted Aug 26, 2002 10:56 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: Fishook Arete Date Climbed: July 10, 2002  Sucess!


Soloed the Fishook Arete (III, 5.8 -- some people say 5.9) this morning. This is one damn fine rock climb. It has everything you could ask for: great exposure, consistent difficulty, fantastic rock, and a spectacular setting. The arete hosts a wide variety of features: face climbing on knobs, splitter hand cracks, knife-edge traverses, and even a squeeze chimney. Some people have called the crux 5.9+ and claim there are several sections of 5.9 and 5.8+ on the route, but they're having high altitude delusions. The hardest move is about 5.7 or 5.7+. The actual climb took 43 minutes. Car to car in just under 6 hours. I hiked up a "different" way so that took some extra time.
Posted Jul 10, 2002 5:57 pm

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!


Such a fun route. We thought we were doing great on the 3rd class ridge. We handled the exposure, and only got on hands and knees once. On the final ridge between the two summits we met a couple guys who had just finished a ropeless ascent of the fishook arete (5.8). We were humbled as they jumped from rock to rock past us mere lowly mortals. Still a fine summit with great views of Willimason and Whitney. Must go back and climb a technical route, maybe Fishook or one of the long dihedral routes.
Posted Apr 2, 2002 5:15 am

ElwoodRoute Climbed: East Arete Date Climbed: Sept. 99  Sucess!


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.
Posted Nov 6, 2001 7:48 pm

GuiltyRoute Climbed: East ridge Date Climbed: 08/18/01  Sucess!


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.

Posted Aug 29, 2001 10:33 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: August 4, 2001  Sucess!


This was the eleventh peak of my CA 14er tour.

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.
Posted Aug 26, 2001 12:30 pm

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