WordsTrying to organize our old photos. All I recall from our climb of this thing was the cold...and I mean COLD penetrating wind all day (this was June 19th-ish, 2005). I still remember the headaches! Unlike Whitney (the year prior), when we hiked our sea-level habituated bodies up to Iceberg Lake in one push, this time we broke up the approach with stops at Upper Boyscout and Iceberg Lakes (much better!).
Fishhook Arete (III 5.8) on Mount Russell
Leading the (crux) first pitch.
Shirley on pitch 2.
Leading pitch 3.
A gendarme on pitch 3 of Fishhook Arete.
Leading pitch 4.
Shirley topping out on pitch 4.
Leading pitch 6.
Pitch 8 moves right below the summit.
Very cold Shirley on the summit of Russell.
Very cold yours truly on the summit of Russell.
Starting out descent from the summit.
Freezing cold Shirley hiking out after our climb of Fishhook (start behind her).