Pictures of Mt Russell - East Face

(Copyright © 2012 Piero Scaruffi)
If you would like the original, high-resolution pictures, contact me

Notes of this trip | Back to California hikes | Pictures of the world

Highlights


From start to end

(Click on the pictures to enlarge them | If you have a high-speed connection, click here for larger pictures)
The beginning of the Mt Russell hike is the Mount Whitney's north-fork (mountaineering) trail.

Below you find the pictures from Upper Boy Scout lake up the southern gulley to Mt Russell down the western gulley.


The Mt Russell route below Upper Boyscout Lake on the northern side

The route to the Mt Russell-Carillion plateau

The wall of rocks at the beginning of the Mt Russell route

A use trail turns to the right of these



The use trails to climb Mt Russell (from the saddle above Upper Boyscout Lake)

The trail you make is the trail you take

Views of Whitney

Up the gulley


The view below

Mt Whitney's mountaineering route on the way to the plateau


The ridge of the plateau (climb to the left of the Petra-like rock to the right of this picture

I stayed to the left of this

The view below

I aimed for that little pass


View of a lake that one doesn't see from the north-fork trail

The "pass" getting closer

but I stayed to the right of this monolith

Then went straight up


The gulley below

And suddenly the plateau and Mt Russell

Mt Whitney

Mt Whitney


At the plateau: panoramic from Whitney to Russell


Mt Carillon to the right

Mt Carillon to the right

The saddle between Russell and Carillon


The place where i emerged from the gulley

Approaching the east ridge of Mt Russell (classic picture of the "blade"

Mt Russell: The East Peak (in the background) and the "blade" to get to it

Entering the Russell-Carillion plateau


Mt Russell's blade to the East Peak

Mt Russell's blade to the East Peak

Mt Russell from middle plateau

Top of the plateau - beginning of the blade


Approaching the saddle

Russell's east ridge from the saddle

The saddle


The unnamed lake right below the northern side of Russell

Lake Tulainyo, the highest lake in the contiguous USA (3906m)

Mt Russell's east ridge from the saddle


The blade and to the right in the background the East Peak

Tulainyo Lake

Mt Carillion


Panoramic south from Owens Valley to Mt Whitney

Click here for the Northern Ridge route


Eastern Ridge route


View behind

Hiking up Russell's East Ridge

View north

The way down to Upper Boyscout Lake


Up the blade

Up the blade: the East Peak and the northern ridge

Up the blade

The blade behind me


Up the east ridge

Up the east ridge

The view down


Towards the East Summit

Towards the East Summit

Towards the East Summit


Towards the East Summit

Towards the East Summit

Towards the East Summit

Towards the East Summit


Towards the East Summit

Towards the East Summit

Towards the East Summit

Towards the East Summit


Towards the East Summit

Towards the East Summit

Towards the East Summit

Towards the East Summit


Towards the East Summit

Towards the East Summit

The top of the Blade and (behind it) the East Summit

The top of the Blade


Up the blade (yes, that's the route)

Almost at the top of the blade and the East Peak in the background

Almost at the top of the blade and the East Peak in the background

The East Peak from the top of the blade


Mt Whitney

Exposure

Exposure

The East Peak (a bit wider than the blade)


Up the East Peak

Up the East Peak

Up the East Peak

Up the East Peak (i stayed mostly to the left)


The blade behind me

East Peak

Wildflowers

Wildflowers


Iceberg Lake and Whitney

Iceberg Lake

People on top of Mt Whitney

View north from the East Peak


View north from the East Peak (Mt Williamson to the right)


The south face route from above

The south face route from above

The south face route from above

The end of the south face route


The West Peak (real summit)

Looking towards Mt Leconte/Mallory, higher boyscout lake and Iceberg Lake

The unnamed mountain to the immediate north of Russell

Mt Williamson (the red chute very visible)


View west (Whitney to the left)


View north centered on Mt Williamson


Mt Russell's two peaks from the north

Mt Russell's two peaks from the north

Mt Russell's north face

Click here for descending from the plateau to the Upper Boy Scout lake


Video from the top


Back to California hikes


(Copyright © 2012 Piero Scaruffi)
If you would like the original, high-resolution pictures, contact me