Russell, then Carillion, with some nice thundercracks as we shot up Carillion. We took Rockwell variation up, standard route down. The Rockwell variation isn't necessarily better, but it sucks less on the way up. East Ridge of Russell was nice scrambly fun. Wish there was more of it!
Went up the Whitney Trail on Friday, camped at crowded Trail camp. The other day got up the switchbacks, made a little side trip to Mt. Muir, short fun climb! Continued following the trail up Whitney summit, spent few hours chatting with people (there were many), than climbed down the Mountaineers Route to Iceberg Lake and spent another windy night there. Didn't get much sleep as the wind blew instantly to my face through my bivy... Another morning I stared late ,9:30, and headed up the Iceberg Col and then traversed to Russel's South Face, which was a long scramble up the face, than a little class 3 up to the ridge. I took the easier Right Side variation. After hanging around summit with 2 guys who climbed Fishhook Arete, climbed down, packed all my stuff and followed the North Folk Creek Trail down to the portal. I must say it is much easier to do so if there is snow... My knees were killing me... That night I drove my car to Cottonwood Lakes trail head, camped there and in the morning started early for the Mt. Langley never ending day hike... Took me 9.5 hours round trip but it was worth it. Beautiful area at Cottonwood Lakes...
Met so many great people on this trip that I have talked to and spent some time with and that was certainly the most rewarding feeling of the whole trip...
Great peak and fund route. I attempted a one-day ascent of the East Ridge route last year and didn't make it. This time, we spent the night at Iceberg Lake, summited the next morning and was back to the car early in the afternoon. A lot of hype out there about the South Face being a painful "scree slog". I found the approach of the East Ridge to be equal scree slog; neither of which are really that painful.
Awesome route! Nice descent down the south face chute to russell whitney col! Beautiful views of whitney and Keeler Needle from the foot of the ridge.
Thanks Rick, and Tom and Joe... You guys really rock!!
2007 Sierra Challenge alternate peak. Beautiful line up a stately mountain on perfect rock. Repeated 9/19/09 with Marina.
Great scramble on the east ridge as an alternate peak in the '07 Sierra Challenge. The 'slog' up to the ridge wasn't actually that bad because we stuck to the rocks rather than the sand. After summiting I descended the south face and climbed Whitney's north face before taking the Whitney Trail back.
Followed Dirk (Diggler) for 9 pitces on the Fishhook Arete. Very fun moderate climb with thrilling exposure for the whole route. Mellow approach from Iceberg Lake and fun class 4 downclimb on descent. Best view of Mount Whitney from the summit.
Dayhike with a group of good friends. A really cool ridge. A bit of exposure and incredible views. The Rockwell variation is a slog too, but not as bad as the standard route up the R-C pass. Finished up by running back to the campground in Lone Pine.
Mt Russell up the south west face left side (class 4) and down the east ridge. Click on the image for the pics.
What a fun ride. I had been reading about Mount Russell and I finally did it. I met a couple of hikers and we had the peak to ourselves. I love this mountain. Thanks you geologic forces and mother nature
Up the East Ridge from Whitney Portal, then down to Tulainyo Lake & a camp below Wallace Lake - next day did the N. Rib of Mt. Tyndall.
Despite my lack of enthusiasm in the morning, I made pretty good time (by my standards). 5 1/2 hours from Portal to summit, including about an hour of lollygaging at LBSL and UBSL. Took the far right chute up to the plateau--this is way better than the obvious one as seen from the lake. You can stay on talus most of the time. Hard to believe that there seemed to be no one in the NF drainage that day, except for two dayhikers. I ran into two other groups on their way in for an overnight as I descended to the Portal. Even the MMWT was pretty much empty. Awesome day, though. Warm, and hardly a breath of wind.
Climbed Russell one week before my departure for Denali. The climb was good, soloed up the 5.4 chute via Iceberg Lake. Ever since this climb, the fishhook arete has been at the top of my list.
Edit to Add: Climbed Fishhook Arete on 6/15/08.
Great climb! Climbed Fishhook Arete with Will and Luis after climbing the EF of Whitney the day before. Definitely enjoyed this one more than either the EF or EB on Whitney!
Date Climbed: 10 Sept 2006
Route Climbed: East Ridge
Climbed the East Ridge (and also Mt Carillon) for the second time this summer. Great route!
Two day solo ascent via the Mounatieers route for Whitney. Had a few issues on the ridge with alltitude and route finding but worked through it.
great solo climb. Got stuck in a hail and lightning storm 10 minutes into the descent. Had to hang out under an overhang for 30 minutes and then got out of there.
What an awesome climb! There were 5 of us that did it as a day hike from Whitney Portal. We went up the skree field from Upper Boy Scout Lake and up the East Arete. The exposure on Russell was a whole new experiance for me. Most of the way up we followed the use path on the North side but coming back I tried to stay as close to the top of the ridge as possible. That is the way to go in my opinion, many spots where you look down on both sides, the views can't beat, the hand holds are great and the exposure is very exciting. We were having a batchelor party for John Thiessen, who is a great friend and who introduced me to climbing.
A cold day on the Mithril Dihedral.
Did Muir and Whitney in the same trip. Russell made those seem like a tourist attraction.