Mithral Dihedral 29 Aug 2009


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Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 31, 2009 - 11:53am PT
Hi all. Here are a few pictures of "Our Project" to Mithral Dihedral on Mt Russell this last Saturday.

The weather was fantastic, couldn't have been better, and yeah, we were kinda surprised... as there was a happy gang here:

It's true: A 70m rope will get you all the way from the 4th class ledge to the dihedral corner. It's also true that climbing the dihedral pitch in the sun (after a relaxing, rejuvenating catch-your-breath high noon picnic) is a way more pleasant experience than climbing it early in the morning when it's shady and the rock is cold. (Been there, done that, too, never again.)

An absolutely stellar pitch. Here it is again from another angle:

The third pitch has a very nice step across finish- reminescent of the Red Dihedral's step across on the Hulk.

Looking down on pitch two:

Alright, Lady Mithral, thanks for treating us so well, hope to see you again next year!

P.S. We started from Whitney Portal at 5:30a, got back to the Portal at 9:00p.

Another great Saturday in the High Sierras. Happy climbing!

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Aug 31, 2009 - 11:55am PT
Right on. Well done. Thanks for the photos.

Trad climber
chainsaw city
Aug 31, 2009 - 12:12pm PT
man the high sierras are ridiculous

Trad climber
San Diego
Aug 31, 2009 - 12:16pm PT
Looks like a stellar day up there
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Aug 31, 2009 - 01:14pm PT

Aug 31, 2009 - 01:19pm PT
Gorgeous !

Aug 31, 2009 - 01:26pm PT
That looks soooo good!!!

Trad climber
SF Bay Area
Aug 31, 2009 - 01:32pm PT
Awesome! Thanks for the pics.

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Aug 31, 2009 - 01:36pm PT
Awesome stuff footloose. Glad you made it up there. My Temple Trip got moved to a Meadows trip which was then promptly rained out. Indian summer calls me to the East side and the big faces. Can't wait.

Trad climber
San Diego
Aug 31, 2009 - 02:03pm PT
Not sure if I ran into you but I was on the harding route Friday. You probably saw us finishing the route in the dark

Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Aug 31, 2009 - 02:09pm PT
Doing it in a day. Never really thought of that but it seems reasonable I suppose. Two questions: did you descend the E. Arete and did you have to descend the Ledges in the dark?

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Aug 31, 2009 - 02:12pm PT
Super cool post...

That dihedral looks stellar.. I'd be all over that if I could make the hike out... But this TR will do for now...

Thanks for the pics..

Trad climber
Aug 31, 2009 - 03:36pm PT
So Sweet Footloose!

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Aug 31, 2009 - 08:48pm PT
Hey! It's me! Thanks for posting these photos! It was nice to meet you and thanks for the most excellent company on such an amazing route! I couldn't have asked for a better day!
Chugach Man

Mountain climber
Aug 31, 2009 - 09:58pm PT
Hey Footloose,

Thanks for posting the pics, I'll post some of you tomorrow. Great meeting you guys out there,


Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 1, 2009 - 11:09am PT
Thanks ya all for the comments! Sure wish I were back there now, today!

Fat Dad- We descended from Russell via Ice Berg Lake and yes, since we felt comfortable about it, we descended the Ledges in the dark, woohoo!

Happy climbing!

Sep 1, 2009 - 11:49am PT
Russell in a day is actually preferred for me. The hardest part is the hiking, not the climbing, especially with routes like Mithral or Star Trekkin' where there is only 4ish pitches of real climbing.

The East Ridge descent is ideal, and cuts hours of the return time.

Mary J. Pickford

South Park
Sep 1, 2009 - 01:13pm PT
From Wikipedia:

Mithril is a fictional metal from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth fantasy writings. Like the real metal titanium, it is silvery and stronger than steel but much lighter in weight.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Sep 1, 2009 - 02:23pm PT
Thanks for the reply footloose. Good beta. That dihedral always looked way more fun in the sunshine.

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 13, 2009 - 11:48pm PT
A couple more pics.

An East Ridge descent is nice, offering excellent views. Here's example from earlier in the month:

Here's a shot of Mithral showing how WE did it:

Red line denotes our approach to 4th class ledge, three yellow dots show our belays, pitches. The second belay station (at 2nd dot) is out of view behind rock at base of dihedral corner.

Check out the pitch length distorting effect of the photo: Second pitch (200') is almost as long as first pitch (215').
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