Album: Carillon (3x), Russell (4x), Whitney (6x), Keeler (1x), Muir (3x)
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- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Due to overnight freezing there were some icy spots
Sunrise. Lower Boy Scout Lake and Thor Peak (left).
Here's the strip of snow that lead up to the Russell/Carillon saddle. I used this to avoid the sand, though I'm not sure it made things any easier.
This is the typically sandy slope that leads up from near UBSL to the Russell/Carillon saddle.
On the upper plateau approaching the Russell/Carillon saddle. Mount Russell appears to the left.
Mount Whitney's East Face. The diagonal snowfield is the Mountaineers Route that leads to the "Notch". Looks very steep from this perspective but it's not that bad.
Mount Russell. The East Ridge is beginning to come into view.
Mount Russell's impressive East Ridge (as seen from Mount Carillon)
Mount Russell's East Ridge. I think this is what's referred to as "Jaw dropping exposure". And what you see is only the East Summit. You have to continue further to the true West Summit.
Mount Williamson (rear) and Tunnabora Peak (foreground)
Mount Russell's East Ridge and East Summit. The snow field at the top must be crossed to reach the East Summit.
Mount Russell's East Summit as seen from the West Summit
Looking North from Mount Russell. The lake to the left is Wallace Lake. Mount Williamson is visible in the upper right.
This is the chimney that drops you down to the south face talus slope
This photo and the next one show where the upper end of couloir leading up to the "Notch" ends (as seen from Mount Russell)
This photo shows the upper portion of the "Notch" (as seen from Mount Russell). The chutes leading up to the Whitney's summit are also visible.
The North Face of Mount Whitney (as seen from Mount Russell's south slope)
The red line was my approximate path up the North Face. This route seemed optimal though it was still very strenuous. The red box is the region where the Whitney Notch is located.
My summit register entry (6th time on Mount Whitney)
Patchy snow between Mount Whitney and Trail Crest
Mount Whitney and the Sierra Crest as seen from Mount Muir
Almost to the bottom of the slope on my way down to Trail Camp
Temporary use trail through the snow. This path allowed me to bypass Mirror Lake and Outpost Camp on the way down.