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#53664 - 06/23/18 01:33 PM Mt. Russell via East Ridge 6/22/2018
BFR Offline

Registered: 04/07/16
Posts: 101
Loc: Santa Monica, CA

Nice day on the classic East Ridge. Other than the extremely long sand slog from UBSL to Russell-Carrillon saddle, was a fantastic blue bird day. The ridge had a little snow but it was easy to avoid or go through. High quality class 3 with serious heart-pumping exposure.


Looking up the East Ridge

This was the only snow, but easy to walk around

At the top, Whitney and final 400 in the background
Strava, IG

#53666 - 06/24/18 12:33 AM Re: Mt. Russell via East Ridge 6/22/2018 [Re: BFR]
Steve C Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7644
Loc: Fresno, CA
Awesome pictures, BFR. Thanks and congratulations.

I climbed from Tulainyo over the ridge and down to UBSL two summers ago. I can't imagine climbing that sand slog from UBSL.

Had I known I was going to be stranded in Lone Pine for two days, due to a fire at Horseshoe Meadows, I would have tried climbing that ridge to Russell.

#53671 - 06/24/18 09:55 AM Re: Mt. Russell via East Ridge 6/22/2018 [Re: BFR]
futbol Offline

Registered: 06/27/17
Posts: 55
Loc: San Diego, CA
Congrats BFR!

Was it intuitive to find the route from the pass to the summit?

Were you able to cross the knife edge between the lower and upper summit, or did you bypass it by navigating around it?

#53672 - 06/24/18 05:24 PM Re: Mt. Russell via East Ridge 6/22/2018 [Re: BFR]
bobpickering Offline

Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 363
Loc: Reno, Nevada
Nice job, Ben!