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#53314 - 06/03/18 01:32 PM Mt Russell East Ridge Conditions
echo8 Offline


Registered: 01/25/16
Posts: 9
Loc: Baltimore, MD
Hi everyone,

has anyone been up on the east ridge of Mt. Russell this season? how snowy / dry is it? I plan on doing the ridge in a week and I'm wondering what conditions to expect.

Thanks!
Eric

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#53333 - 06/04/18 08:59 PM Re: Mt Russell East Ridge Conditions [Re: echo8]
Tom Becht Offline


Registered: 06/04/18
Posts: 2
Loc: CA
Did it yesterday. Still enough snow to make it quite exciting. What normally takes me less than 30 minutes from the pass took closer to 90 minutes. Should be melted off in another couple of weeks.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmmPzQLV

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#53339 - 06/05/18 11:10 AM Re: Mt Russell East Ridge Conditions [Re: Tom Becht]
BFR Offline


Registered: 04/07/16
Posts: 98
Loc: Santa Monica, CA
Originally Posted By: Tom Becht
Did it yesterday. Still enough snow to make it quite exciting. What normally takes me less than 30 minutes from the pass took closer to 90 minutes. Should be melted off in another couple of weeks.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmmPzQLV


It all looks manageable - was picture 28 the crux? That section looked a bit dicey especially in firmer snow.
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#53343 - 06/05/18 07:36 PM Re: Mt Russell East Ridge Conditions [Re: BFR]
Tom Becht Offline


Registered: 06/04/18
Posts: 2
Loc: CA
None of it was terribly difficult if you move deliberately. Picture 28 shows mix of relatively soft and deep snow interspersed with rock. Some work kick stepping a trail but nothing too bad. The ridge between the two summits had the hardest snow but easily avoidable


Edited by Tom Becht (06/05/18 07:36 PM)

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#53558 - 06/16/18 02:38 PM Re: Mt Russell East Ridge Conditions [Re: Tom Becht]
BFR Offline


Registered: 04/07/16
Posts: 98
Loc: Santa Monica, CA
Anyone else up here in the last few days? Updates?
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#53581 - 06/18/18 04:40 PM Re: Mt Russell East Ridge Conditions [Re: echo8]
dewittchris Offline


Registered: 06/18/18
Posts: 1
Loc: Sacramento, CA
I went up the East Ridge on Saturday 6/16/2018 with my partner Scott. Snow wasn't an issue for us. There were 4 short snow crossings. I used all 4 snow crossings on the way up and avoided 2 on the way down by climbing 3rd/4th rock.

Enjoy!

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#53662 - 06/23/18 12:43 PM Re: Mt Russell East Ridge Conditions [Re: dewittchris]
BFR Offline


Registered: 04/07/16
Posts: 98
Loc: Santa Monica, CA
I climbed the East Ridge on 6/22. One snow crossing remaining but there is no exposure. Enjoy.

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#53692 - 06/26/18 04:20 AM Re: Mt Russell East Ridge Conditions [Re: BFR]
wshaynes Offline


Registered: 06/06/18
Posts: 18
Loc: California
I'm going to be doing the East Ridge on 6/30. Any gear recommendations? Climbing shoes? Rope? Helmet? Any advice would be appreciated, thank you...

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#53694 - 06/26/18 10:46 AM Re: Mt Russell East Ridge Conditions [Re: wshaynes]
BFR Offline


Registered: 04/07/16
Posts: 98
Loc: Santa Monica, CA
Originally Posted By: wshaynes
I'm going to be doing the East Ridge on 6/30. Any gear recommendations? Climbing shoes? Rope? Helmet? Any advice would be appreciated, thank you...


A helmet is all you need.
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