Mount Russell Climber's Log

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Augie Medina

Augie Medina - Feb 10, 2006 1:51 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 30, 2003  Sucess!

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.


sprosseda - Jan 25, 2006 5:38 pm

Route Climbed: classic E ridge Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!

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.


graham - Nov 25, 2005 3:08 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: Aug-22-04  Sucess!

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.


Streetly - Sep 29, 2005 9:45 pm

Route Climbed: South Face Right Side Date Climbed: Sep 04, 2005  Sucess!

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.


danman3156 - Sep 26, 2005 1:00 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: Sept 24 2005

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!


RickF - Sep 19, 2005 8:28 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge from Mt. Carilon Date Climbed: June 12, 2004  Sucess!

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.


pmlupi - Sep 15, 2005 3:38 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: September 1998  Sucess!

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.

Amy G

Amy G - Aug 30, 2005 10:51 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: 27 August 2005  Sucess!

Dan's 3rd time up Russell & my first time. We heard a 30+ second rock fall near Mt Whitney. Great views, lovely day.


Shaase - Aug 15, 2005 11:16 pm

Route Climbed: Fishhook Arete Date Climbed: August 14, 2005  Sucess!

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!


Shaase - Aug 15, 2005 11:10 pm

Route Climbed: Mithral Dihedral Date Climbed: August 12, 2005  Sucess!

Excellent climbing. Like climbing the splitters of Indian Creek, only on granite!


ChuckO - Aug 11, 2005 1:07 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: 7 August 2005  Sucess!

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. !!!!!


ExploreABitMore - Aug 7, 2005 9:14 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: 08/06/05  Sucess!

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


DeeDee - Aug 4, 2005 6:55 pm

Route Climbed: Fishhook Arete Date Climbed: August, 2001  Sucess!

Great route.

jeffn - Jul 24, 2005 9:08 am

Route Climbed: Fishhook Arete Date Climbed: July 21, 2005  Sucess!

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.


stoneloan - Jul 22, 2005 12:51 pm

Route Climbed: Fishhook Arete Date Climbed: 1999  Sucess!

see trip report


lefty - Jul 21, 2005 1:21 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 17, 2005  Sucess!

16-hour solo day hike on a beautiful day.


bajaandy - Jul 19, 2005 9:54 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge via Rockwell variation Date Climbed: July 18, 2005  Sucess!

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.


awagher - Jul 9, 2005 3:08 pm

Route Climbed: South Face Right Side Date Climbed: July 8th, 2005  Sucess!

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...

Brian Kalet - Jun 27, 2005 5:50 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: June 26, 2005  Sucess!

En route to Mount Carillon.

Zzyzx - Jun 25, 2005 10:26 pm

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

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.

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