Mt. Russell, East Ridge

At 14,086 feet, Mt. Russell is one of thirteen peaks in the Sierra over 14,000 feet.

Overview

 
The East Ridge is a fun route in a breathtaking setting with spectacular views throughout.  The climbing is 3rd class requiring the use of hands and feet but no previous rock climbing skills are required.  The rock is firm white granite with plenty of good hand and footholds.  The ridge has some short sections of exposure as it offers an outstanding and unique view of Lake Tulainyo, which at 12,818’/3907m is the highest lake in the Western Hemisphere. The approach takes us up the North Fork of Lone Pine creek offering beautiful scenery throughout.  Sierra mountaineering legend Norman Clyde made the first ascent of this route in 1926.  Today it continues to be a favorite among many Sierra aficionados.  Join us and come learn why!

Elevation: 14,086 feet
Difficulty: Beginner
Length of Trip: 2 Days
Difficulty Rating: Class 3

Cost

$495 based on a TWO PERSON MINIMUM

Dates

August 7-8, 2017 Mt Russell East Ridge/ min 2 people

Itinerary

Day 1: The group meets at the Whitney Portal trailhead at 8365’/2550m. After dividing up group loads we ascend the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek to our camp at Upper Boyscout Lake (11,300’/3444m). There is time in the afternoon to relax and hydrate while enjoying the views of the Owens Valley, the Alabama Hills, Death Valley, and the Inyo Mountains. You may also take a swim in the lake if you want!

Day 2: Climb the East Ridge of Mt. Russell.  We wake before sunrise and begin our ascent at daybreak.  From our camp we ascend the south slope of Mt. Carillon to the Russell-Carillon Col. The route traverses west onto the East Ridge where the terrain becomes more exposed and some hands and feet moves are required.  We use a climbing rope for extra protection on the exposed terrain but no previous rock climbing training or experience is required.  After descending back to our high camp we’ll take a short break then pack up and head down to Whitney Portal.  We usually arrive at our cars by late afternoon.

Personal Equipment List

CLOTHING

__ __ LIGHT OR MID WEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR TOP AND BOTTOM
__ __ EXPEDITION WEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR TOP
__ __ PILE OR WOOL SWEATER
__ __ SYNTHETIC CLIMBING PANTS, OR COMFORTABLE HIKING PANTS
__ __ NYLON OR GORE-TEX JACKET
__ __ NYLON OR GORE-TEX PANTS OR BIBS
__ __ GAITERS
__ __ WARM CAP
__ __ FACE MASK OR BALACLAVA
__ __ PILE OR WOOL GLOVES
__ __ MOUNTAINEERING SOCKS & LINER SOCKS
__ __ T-SHIRT
__ __ HIKING SHORTS
__ __ BASEBALL CAP

GEAR

__ __ *PACK
__ __ *HIKING BOOTS OR STURDY APPROACH SHOES
__ __ *MOUNTAINEERING HELMET
__ __ *CLIMBING HARNESS
__ __ *TREKKING POLES- optional
__ __ *HEADLAMP WITH NEW BATTERIES
__ __ DARK GLASSES
__ __ WATER BOTTLES- two wide mouth bottles, 1 liter capacity
__ __ POCKET KNIFE
__ __ SUNSCREEN & LIP BALM- spf 15 minimum
__ __ CAMERA AND FILM
__ __ PERSONAL LUNCH FOOD
__ __ SMALL FIRST AID KIT

*Available for rental from SMI