East Ridge, Mt. Russell 3rd class

   
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High Sierra, California USA

  • Currently 4.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 3-6 hours
Approach time: 4-7 hours
Descent time: 4-7 hours
Number of pitches: N/A
Height of route: 800'
Overview
With a striking line, big exposure, and great rock, the East Ridge is one of the best 3rd class routes anywhere. It was by this route that Norman Clyde made the first ascent of Mt. Russell in 1926. While the climb is rated 3rd class, it has a few places where good routefinding skills are critical to avoid climbing harder terrain. In addition, the exposure in some sections makes this much more demanding than the Mountaineerís Route on Mt. Whitney. Overall, this is one of the of best 3rd class routes you will ever do.

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Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: June 20, 2005
Mt. Russell - East Ridge 3rd class - High Sierra, California USA. Click to Enlarge
The route as seen from the summit of Whitney.
Photo: Chris McNamara
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The route as seen from the summit of Whitney.
Mt. Russell - Mithral Dihedral 5.10b - High Sierra, California USA. Click for details.
Mithral Dihedral, 5.10b
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The route as seen from Mt. Whitney summit.
Mt. Russell - Star Trekin 5.10c - High Sierra, California USA. Click for details.
Star Trekin, 5.10c
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The route as seen from Mt. Whitney summit.
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