Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mt. Russell Climb

Some pictures from my trip.

I ascended via the East Arete, which is a class 3 climb.  The trip from the Whitney Portal trailhead (8,300') to the summit (14,086') took a little under six hours.

A view of Iceberg Lake (12,600') from the Carillon/Russell traverse (~13,800').
 - Facing South -
A wider view of the lake, with Mt. Whitney (14,494') on the right.
- Facing South -
 
Looking back along the traverse toward Mt. Carillon (13,552') on the far left.
My route is shown in red.

- Facing East -


This is the drop on the South side of the traverse. I am about 1,600' above the 
circular patch of snow. (For reference, the Empire State Building is 1,454' high.)
- Facing South -


This is the drop on the North side of the traverse. The lakes are at about 12,800'.
- Facing East -

I met some other climbers.  Can you find them?  We are making our way along 
the traverse up to the East summit of Mt. Russell.
- Facing West -



A view of Iceberg Lake from the East summit of Mt. Russell.
- Facing South -

  
A view of the West summit of Mt. Russell from the East summit.
- Facing West -

On the West summit of Mt. Russell (14,086').
- Facing West -
 
Back to the glories of civilization!

1 comment:

Mom said...

The pictures are lovely! Dad and I should get some copies to pull out when people comment on how gray our hair is becoming!