North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada Range, Mount Russell
Mount Russell. In late September Alan Bartlett and I climbed two new routes on the west side of this peak. 1). Bloody Corner. Just left of the Direct Southwest Buttress route is an obvious steep dihedral, the crux of our route. Climb up for a few hundred feet on progessively harder rock to this intimidating, but beautiful, corner. Two pitches of Yosemite-like climbing on this corner lead to easier rock and the summit ridge. NCCS III, F10. 2). Pilgrimage. Right of the Mithral Dihedral and lower down on the face is a left-facing broken dihedral. Our line follows a crack on the left side of this feature, past a small roof, and up the face for several pitches to easier climbing and the summit. NCCS III, F9.
Allan Pietrasanta, Buff Alpine Club