Jeff Bance and I climbed this awesome route in 9 pitches, following the SuperTopo description. The first pitch was an exciting way to start with a pretty big run-out and the early-morning cold only added to the excitement. Otherwise, really fun, exposed climbing on awesome rock. We climbed the route in about 5.5 hours and descended back to our camp at Iceberg Lake in a little over an hour. Hiked out the same day and had dinner at the French restaurant in Independence before driving to SLC. This route was a great end to my 2008 summer season.
Left Santa Ana at 4AM, summited at 3PM, back home by 10:30PM. Tough day, not recommended.
Great solo route from Upper Boy Scout lake. Loved the exposure!
Whitney Portal - Lower/Upper Boy Scout Lake - Rockwell Variation - East Ridge
Great route and 1st 14'er for my buddy Manu who did great.
Fun dayhike, wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.
Climbed the East Ridge from Upper Boy Scout Lake with several CMC members. Great climb, will definitely do it again one day. We successfully missed all the 4th of July traffic on the mountain as we were one of only two parties on the route.
Standard route of N Fork to Carillon saddle ILO Rockwell variation climbed the first time - the only variation from the normal route seemed like loose talus instead of loose sand - to saddle and on to East Ridge. A great reminder this is so much better than work!
Climbed with Vendulka from UBSL, a great ridge climb with a real alpine feel to it and not a single other soul on the mountain.
Thought this was a class three. Well, not for me. The ridge was just too exposed to feel comfortable on a solo trip.
Once more Jim reminds me to sign in. Went up the Rockwell, down the scree as a day hike from the Portal, accompanied by BW and 4 tough women. Great trip. Really not that bad if you stay on route, but becomes exposure-creepy off-route.
CLIMBED SOLO VIA EAST RIDGE...GREAT CLIMB AFTER DOING CARILLON FROM SADDLE ABOVE UPPER BOY SCOUT LAKE
Continues to be one of my favorite ridges in the Sierras...beautiful views!
East Ridge twice... awesome route!
Summited with our entire group from the Loma Prieta peak climbing section of the Sierra Club. Had a nice climb up Carillon the previous day.
Solo hike of Russell / Whitney and Muir in a day. I almost gave up on it before getting to the ridge. When I'd climbed it before, I'd taken the first couloir past the Upper Boyscout to get to the Russell / Carillon plateau, but this time I decided to do the Rockwell variation. It was terrible! All that loose rock and send made the upward progress very slow, and the only reason I kept going was that I didn't want to go back down the same way. Once at the plateau, at the beginning of the E. Ridge, I decided to go for the summit. Descended the South Face (right side).
It was my first California 14er. Just happened to pick one of the toughest on the list.
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.