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Has anyone done the East Ride route on Mount Russell in Whitney Portal lately? Is the ridge free of snow?
I was on Mt. Irvine last weekend and snapped this shot of Whitney/Russell from the summit. Its hard to say for sure, but certainly still looks snowy.
It'll go! It was in decent shape in late March. Lingering snow may push you off the 3rd class and onto low 5th.
Might want to bring crampons for early morning on the approach - (sustained 35 degrees), and
Poles with ski baskets for afternoon descent.
And if you're putting in all that approach and descent time and work, I suggest adding theWest ridge and/or Southeast ridge ofMt Carillon:www.mountainproject.com/v/mt-carillon/109359907