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Postby KathyW » Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:14 am


- By the way that "other route down" does sure sound like hell. I've gone the wrong way a number of times and ended up in the wrong chute but I've been lucky and haven't ended up in a spot where I can't go back up or traverse over to another chute. I'm glad you made it down okay.



Postby Rosabella » Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:57 pm

Wow!!! :eek: What an experience! I guess you didn't have any other options, but that was a pretty amazing save!

Nice pictures.... You too, Kathy!
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Postby peninsula » Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:47 pm


That is a spooky story and yes, very similar to my near-death experience when going over the Miter. I know the feeling when dangling by one hand thinking the big sleep is only a moment away. Great save!
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Postby madeintahoe » Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:39 pm

Kathy..A big Congratulation on Russell! Thats so awesome..I know you have been wanting to get to the top of her.

What a beautiful mountain :D
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Postby KathyW » Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:46 pm

Anita - it is a beautiful mountain and one that I'll go back and do again - it isn't often that I want to repeat a climb, but that East Ridge was great - it's just too bad that approach is such a slog.

Postby TonyC » Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:27 pm

Isn't Russell the one that snow-nymph turned back on during her first attempt because of the exposure? That always stuck in my mind because that means it would probably be FAR beyond my comfort zone. Quentin's tale just adds to that apprehension.

But... I suppose all of you worked up to it through many hikes and perhaps I would conceivably do the same...I only have two Sierra hikes under my belt at the moment and they were both Class 1, so it would surely be a long road. Well, I will add my congrats to Kathy and to the others who summitted...great job, and you know I always enjoy the pics.
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Postby KathyW » Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:20 pm

Tony: Russell is exposed Class 3 and the climb along the east ridge isn't to be taken lightly - one wrong move and you're dead - it took me a couple years to get the courage to go up and try it. It also took me two trips up to do it - the first time I just went to Carillon and looked at it and the second time I actually went up and did the climb. That said, it is a beautiful mountain.



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