Mount Russell Professional Review and Guide
"An elegant fourteener featuring a long, exposed ridge, the longest in this guidebook. This fine ascent takes you away from the crowds on Mount Whitney. With its long ridge, Mount Russell dwarfs the Whitney massif in bulk, though it has to submit in height. Because of its geometry, many climbers consider Mount Russell to be the most aesthetically pleasing peak in the Whitney region. It has two summits, both over 14,000 feet, with the west one being the high point. Many technical routes adorn its flanks. The route described here, first climbed by Norman Clyde in 1926, is a classic ridge route. The penultimate section is a magnificent ascent up the east arête (ridge), with thousands of feet of exposure on either side. For all that, it is technically quite easy."