A Tussle with Mt. Russell
Glad to finally get onto this classic route, tons of fun, one to repeat for sure. Caught the Normal Clyde exhibit in Independence two days previous, pretty cool since Clyde did the first ascent of the E. Ridge solo...
Enroute from Giant Forest to Lone Pine I crossed Russell-Carillon Pass and did the East Ridge. Fantastic climb on a great mountain! I even got to sign the old 1932 register which still had several blank pages at the time. What an honor!
Fun and exposed ridge climb
Snagged a walk-in permit and camped at Upper Boyscout Lake, climbed the route the next day. Didn't really stay directly on the ridge much, probably should have because it wasn't that exciting lower down.
Great day. Fun climbing.
Fishhook is awesome!
Burbank > W. Portal > Russell Summit > Burbank = in 24 hrs. Partner was J. Stark. A wonderful peak.
clear day. only party on route.
A very fulfilling and successful trip however painful and uncomfortable my frozen ass was on the route. Beautiful rock and stupendous scenery! Dave did an awesome job leading the tough pitches and feeding me dinner afterward. We had perfect weather for the 4 days we were out, just a bit windy and cold in the shade at higher elevation. Happy to have done this one!
Deb and I had an exciting time completing Fishhook. Quality rock, awesome exposure, a variety of climbing (from steep face climbing to chimney follies) and fantastic views of the steep features around us, including Whitney's north face. Best part of it all......I shared it with an amazing partner. Gotta hand it to her.....she suffered right along with me during those first 3 pitches of bone chilling cold winds funneling up through the arete and the main SW wall. BRRRRRR!! My personal highlights: Pitch #1 (great crack climbing all the way to the top of the pitch) and Pitch #5 (Deb led that pitch.....I was jealous!). Supertopo book gives it 5-stars......well, I'm a bit tough when it comes to "5-star" rating. I'll give it a 4-star. : )
This climb I personally dedicate to the memory of Bruce Bindner (aka 'Brutus Of Wyde), my dear friend and mentor. You were there with me every step of the way Bro!
Awsome exposure! Great day and had great weather. My first car to car trip. Man was I burnt out!!
10th CA 14ner - great views of Whitney.
East Ridge, Awesome!
Great climb! My first solo venture on 3rd. class. The ridge was a bit dicey since there was still some snow patches on the N. side of the ridge from a recent dusting. Made the slabs right before the E. summit a little tricky, but overall an amazing ridge and got to enjoy it to myself as there was no body else on the mountain all day!
Amazing view and exposure.
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!