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.
Climbed with MichaelJ. We camped Sunday night at Romain's favorite camping spot (Clyde Meadows) just below Upper Boy Scout Lake. Left camp around 6AM. Got to the base of the route around 8:20AM. We followed the route as in Supertopo. Michael started leading P1 at 8:40AM. I took the easy pitches P2, P4, P5 and P7 while Michael led the "fun" pitches P1, P3, P6 and P8. I took a fall following P8 (last pitch) on that short 5.9 hands section. I did it as a lieback. Minor cut to my right index finger as a result. Michael had left his pack clipped just below the 5.9 hands section for the lead, so I had to follow with 2 packs on. I rushed the lieback and fell. Topped out at 4:20PM (7 hrs 40 min: we're on the slow side). Descended the east ridge back to camp. Got to the Portal at ~ 8:30PM (missed out on the burger & fries....aghhh!).
Route Climbed: North Ridge
Date Climbed: August 12, 2006
Day 9 of the 2006 Sierra Challenge. Traversed over from Tunnabora Peak. Left Tunnabora's summit at 10:48AM and got to Russell's west summit at 12:18PM. Met up there with other Sierra Challenge people: Evan Rasmussen, Bill Peters, Bob Burd and Adam. Descended the east ridge and headed over to tag Carillon with Evan. Back at the Portal at 4:00PM.
Route Climbed: East Ridge
Date Climbed: September 14, 2002
Day hiked to the summit of Russell from the Portal. Went with mdostby. We did the Rockwell Variation starting at the western end of Upper Boy Scout Lake and then took the boroad large chute. To get to this chute keep walking west (northwest) 'til you almost hit a rock headwall. Turn right here. Climb ~ 100 ft up and you'll see the very broad large chute. The East Ridge, I think, is mostly class 2, but the exposure is considerable. If you encounter difficulty staying on the ridge, drop down on the right (north) side. Got to the summit at 2:00PM, then descended the South slope towards Clyde's Meadow (just below Upper Boy Scout Lake). The East Ridge was a fun climb!