Fishhook Arete, Mt. Russell 5.9
High Sierra, California USA
Avg time to climb route: 4-7 hours
Approach time: 4-7 hours
Descent time: 4-7 hours
Number of pitches: 8
Height of route: 700'
OverviewThe Fishhook ArÍte is one of the more aesthetic arÍtes in the High Sierra. Nearly the entire length of the climb is exposed and on perfect golden granite. The climb is easily divided into two distinct arÍtes separated by a notch. The lower arÍte is thin, exhilarating, and diagonals up mostly moderate terrain with a few stout 5.9 sections. The upper arÍte ascends steep rock that gradually lessens in angle and has incredible belay ledges every 50 feet. While there are only a few brief 5.9 sections, the routefinding difficulties and exposed moves, especially on the first four pitches, make this a climb suitable only for confident 5.9 leaders.
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