Album: Whitney Area Grand Tour 2006
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I took the "old" route up the North Fork (on the right side)
Starting up the sandy slope above LBSL - heading for the Carillon drainage
This drainage below Carillon is really a pleasant area with easy hiking.
The upper part of the chute has two options: an easier side chute to the left or a class 4 chute directly ahead
At this point I had already done a class 5 move to avoid a less reliable class 4 move.
The Cleaver as seen from the Cleaver/Carillon Col
The Cleaver as seen from the Cleaver/Carillon col
Stunningly deep slots that I stepped over along the Cleaver's NW ridge
Bob and I were up here in May. First to sign for the year.
Looking at Russell's West summit from the East summit. 12:07pm.
At this point I wrote off an ascent of the North Face. I wasn't counting on snow and I wasn't confident I could successfully navigate around the snow fields. There was one rock rib on the right that looked like it "might" work but obviously the mountaineer's route would be a safer bet.
Gravel on this steep spot always makes me nervous
Looking back at the descent route to the south chute (at the base of the south headwall)
I traversed the loose scree slope above the snow to the better rock on the right-hand side of the mountaineers route
Mountaineers Route. I climbed the rocks on the right-hand side for as long as possible. This worked well.
These guys took the left side. I took the right side.
Top of the mountaineer's route. Two climbers are coming up the left side while two climbers wait to descend.
Whitney summit register. There were at least 3 pages for the day.
I figured I should probably get a photo of myself at some point