Packed in from the Portal and set up camp at Upper Boy Scout Lake. Three of us immediately set off for Russell. I remember, not particularly fondly, the gravel slope leading to the saddle between Russell and Mt. Carillon. But once on the ridge, it really gets fun. Marvelous 3d Class stuff, but with a chance to gawk at some serious exposure along parts of the route. The small summit makes it all the more fun. Must say I really dragged ass on our descent back to camp. But had to get some rest 'cause the next day we had Whitney to do.
Awesome east ridge. Cliffs on left, slabs on right. Had to detour down slabby right side a little to avoid class 4/5 ground directly on ridge. Exhilerating ridgeline required 2-1/2 hrs of careful scrambling total from platuea and back. Great view of Whitney with a different perspective. Could see people on top of Whitney too.
Beautiful & classic route. My 1st class 3 route after many years off the rock. Felt good to feel the old body move over rock again.
Beautiful day. A little chilly. The diagonal 3rd class climb to the ridge is fun. I was glad to have a printout of a photo (from this website) of that part with me to aid in the route finding. Up on the ridge, the traverse to the summit is casual except the mantle block - esp awkward downclimbing and unable to see the footholds. I lowered my pack off with a cordelette and then downclimbed. I descended the East ridge and encountered a party that had turned around b/c airy exposure on the ridge. Bumped into another hiker who turned around at the ridge. Not kosher for hikers - a modicum of technical experience and sangfroid is needed.
We had beautiful weather on the day of the climb, but it appears the days leading up to our climb where unsettled as we found 2+ feet of snow on the ridge along with ice. To say the least we were not ready for winter mountaineering. Turned around 20 feet below east summit. A great day in the mountains none the less!
Thanks to Phil & Joe. We made a loop starting at UBSL, up to the Carilon Plateau, Mt. Carilon, crossed the east ridge to the summit then descended the south face right side. Thunderstorms were passing just the southwest all afternoon.
Over night at Upper Boy scout. Hit Whiney first overnighted then tackled Russell. Weather was cool and cloudy. The fog rolled in at about 4pm and had some flurries.
Dan's 3rd time up Russell & my first time. We heard a 30+ second rock fall near Mt Whitney. Great views, lovely day.
Awoke to a front moving through. Decidied to set up for success and walk to base. Overhead Whitney summit is enveloped with low level storm clouds. Ahead of me temps droping. Overall sitaution excellent - I attack.
Really, this may have been one of my more poor decisions to climb. Weather really became no worse and after the notch bail option we ascended with success.
Thank you weather Gods!
Excellent climbing. Like climbing the splitters of Indian Creek, only on granite!
Excellent climb. The fun of the East Ridge lived up to all it's advertisements. Good times, solid rock, fun scrambling. Strange early (before noon) thunderstorm period, very moist air - warm temps and still wind at the summit. Thanks Rick K. !!!!!
This was a really fun climb. We dayhiked from the Portals. With an early start it was really fun coming up the North side of the N Fork Trail. Nothing like bushwacking and negotiating ledges by headlamp in the dark. Got pretty lucky with the weather. Looked like it could turn, but it only rained a little and after we got off the ridge.
We also bouldered a bit at Whitney Portals the night before. You gotta look around and they're spread out, but there are some fun problems in the area
Spent the night at Iceberg lake. Only one other party there. Not much trafffic for the middle of summer. Ridge was a little cold until the sun hit it at 8 am or so. We started early to avoid T'storms and were back at the car by 3 when it started raining. A beautiful climb and certainly worth the rather mellow 4 hour approach to Iceberg Lake and the hour or so from there.
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16-hour solo day hike on a beautiful day.
Climbed with Ted and Joe from Upper Boy Scout Lake. Joe followed about a half hour behind me, while Ted summited Carrilion. Some snow still at the bottom of the Rockwell variation. Very warm weather, so snow won't last long. This an awesome climb (minus the scree slog) with enough exposure to keep you focused. Weather was perfect with awesome views in all directions.
Day hiked in from the Whitney Portals with Mark Ingram. 17 hrs. car to car. Nice climb. One hour thunder / hail / lightning storm hit while descending to the pass. Here are some pics...
En route to Mount Carillon.
Terrific climb with Pavel and Roman. Spent a night on the East summit with a spectacular view of Williamson and then went to the West Summit in the morning. Came down the South Face and went to Whitney.