Mount Russell Climber's Log

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Mjollnir - May 31, 2005 12:04 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: May 29 2005  Sucess!

Did a push from Whitney Portal trailhead to the West Summit in 8 hours. Conditions were perfect.

cottersnow - Feb 28, 2005 10:06 pm

Route Climbed: SE face R side Date Climbed: 2003-2004  Sucess!

Did this route during various linkups. It is possible to drop down the NE face to Tulainyo Lake though it is time consuming. An easy scramble will get you back to the Russel-Carillion col. If coming from the top of the Mountaineers route on Whitney it is also possible to take a short cut from the notch over to Russell with some route finding. Happy hunting.

Matthew Holliman

Matthew Holliman - Nov 18, 2004 9:35 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge (ascent) / South Slope, Right Side (descent) Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2004  Sucess!

The third stop on a Carillon-Tunnabora-Russell-Whitney-Muir dayhike out of Whitney Portal. A very nice peak: the East Ridge was extremely enjoyable, as was the headwall at the top of the South Slopes.


physics - Oct 11, 2004 12:28 pm

Route Climbed: south face, right side Date Climbed: October 9, 2004  Sucess!

climbed with fbagni from summitpost; we went the south face, right side route which had moderate exposure but all bomber holds; lots of wind and a few icy patches starting to form on the top ridge

Fred Bagni

Fred Bagni - Oct 10, 2004 8:21 pm

Route Climbed: South East Right Side Date Climbed: October 9, 2004  Sucess!

Beautiful day. Little windy. Lots of loose rock. No ice or snow.


spinefxr - Oct 1, 2004 4:54 pm

Route Climbed: Left side of South headwall Date Climbed: September 26, 2004  Sucess!

Russell was the first peak of three to summit on this day hike. Russell-Whitney-Muir. Weather was perfect.


tbnelson - Sep 28, 2004 2:38 pm

Route Climbed: East Arete Date Climbed: June 24, 2004  Sucess!

Summitted via the East Arete. Easy climbing but fantastic exposure. When we got to the summit the guy who summitted an hour earlier was Aron Ralston - the guy who had to amputate his arm. His summit entry stated that he was off to do Whitney and Muir that same day.


cp0915 - Sep 27, 2004 11:10 am

Route Climbed: e ridge Date Climbed: September 25, 2004  Sucess!

Nice dayhike, although I felt crummy from a cold I was getting over. Calm and relatively warm on the w. summit. Tagged Carillon too.


orandall - Aug 15, 2004 9:24 pm

Route Climbed: east ridge Date Climbed: August 14 2004  Sucess!

East ridge is a great climb, and the exposure isn't as menacing as it would seem at first glance. There are maybe 2 or 3 spots where class 3 moves are required, but evern those aren't anything daunting for those with comfort with technical passages. Thunderstorm rolled in very suddenly and hit when we were 2 minutes from summit so we literally tagged it and left. Dropped as low as possible away from ridge on North Side to traverse back to saddle via some 5.4ish type moves. 13 hours car-to-car.


balajisv - Aug 11, 2004 8:35 pm

Route Climbed: East ridge via Rockwell variation Date Climbed: Aug 1 2004  Sucess!

The ridge was the best part of the climb. However you try to get to it, it's a slog.

BranchWhitney - Aug 5, 2004 2:57 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: 8/31/2002  Sucess!

Fun route, much better than the Mountaineers Route up Whitney.


Mgross - Jul 19, 2004 6:56 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 9, 2004

Take the Rockwell Variation!!! Do not follow the footsteps leading Northeast from Upper Boy Scout Lake (those were from people descending). You will be in for the most gravelly sandy climb of your life and if its slightly hot, you'll drain in no time and be on your hands and knees. This is a beautiful trek up the Whitney Mountaineers Route. ( However you may need a machete for the "riparian" sections).


brandon - Jul 6, 2004 6:45 pm

Route Climbed: Mithral Dihedral Date Climbed: June 2004  Sucess!

Man, is this a cold route. It's in the shade when everything else, I mean everything except the 5 foot strip of arctic you are in, is sunny. 3 pitches of 5.9 in the dihedral if you belay at the logical two stances. Lots of ridge climbing to the summit.


spinefxr - Jun 10, 2004 12:20 pm

Route Climbed: South Headwall, West Side Date Climbed: June 6, 2004  Sucess!

Highly recommend this route. Nice Class III wall at the end. The weather was perfect. No wind and you could see forever.


Guilty - Jun 3, 2004 3:26 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: May 30, 04  Sucess!

Traverse from Mt. Carillon to Russell to Muir, and to Whitney. Finishing at Lower Boy Scout for a nice day hike!


Completebum - Apr 25, 2004 11:26 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 8, 2003  Sucess!

We hiked up the NF to UBSL as a training hike for the MR on whitney the following day. Felt great and it was only 11 so we went up the East Ridge on Russell, summited by 2 and decended the last 200 feet of the ridge in a classic Sierra T-storm.


RSN473 - Mar 4, 2004 11:58 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 14, 2001  Sucess!

Sustained 3rd class climbing at it's best.


Robt - Nov 5, 2003 3:43 pm

Route Climbed: E. Ridge Date Climbed: Oct. 2002  Sucess!


TDRoberts - Oct 20, 2003 9:23 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: Oct. 10 '03  Sucess!

Awsome! Best non-technical climb I have ever done. Exposure was just enough to keep all senses on high alert. Climbing was always fun, with no real difficulty but enough challenge to keep it interesting (unlike other climbs that turn into nothing more than boring scree / talus hiking).

Rick Kent

Rick Kent - Oct 9, 2003 3:02 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 23 2003  Sucess!

This was the most rewarding peak I've climbed so far. Did a solo dayhike. It looked intimidating and that's probably what made it so rewarding. It's not as bad as it looks and I never had to go over anything that exceeded class 3. I'll definitely be doing this one again some time.

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