Russell Peak North Shoulder

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Russell Peak North Shoulder

Submitted By: Dobish on November 14, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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Route Type:
Descent Difficulty:
Season:
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Moderate
- Bootpack: Moderate
- Mountaineering:
Starting Elevation: 11319 ft.
Elevation Gain: 1000 ft.
High Point: 12240 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 38°

Approach

The approach is best done either skinning or with snowshoes, not bootpack. You leave the parking lot and head on the west side, following the skin track up through the old resort and to the radio tower. Then head left (south/west) up the ridge and follow this around. Before it gets very steep, there are some skiable lines, but you need to know where you are going.  As you gain the ridge and are on top of Russell Peak, you will have a good vantage of the surrounding areas

Equipment Needs

Avalanche Gear is highly recommended on this route, as it is on an avalanche prone area with historic slide paths

Descent

The North Shoulder is a little bit more mellow, and is often the backup option for people heading up there. You ski almost along the ridge on the north side, back down towards the pumphouse basin.  The north shoulder is generally a little bit sheltered and the snow is a little colder, but it is also windblown.

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