Whitney & Russell – June 1-4, 2014
Vatche Bezdikian and I had a wonderful trip to the Whitney zone this past week. Conditions were excellent, weather was crisp yet accommodating, The rock was dry and warm in the sun, and the company was top shelf. We climbed the East Buttress on Mount Whitney and the Fishhook Arête on Mount Russell with the alternate 5.7 start. Good climbs, good times.
Approaching the Ebersbacher Ledges.
The Ebersbacher Ledges
Vatche in his element
The best ledge on the East Buttress
Sending the E Butt
The Russell alt start is more moderate, worthy, and kept us in the sun on a cold, windy day.
On the Fishhook Arête
Howie soaks it in for a moment
High on the Fishhook, Whitney behind
Last pitch from the summit of Russell
A happy descent to the Portal