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Ascent of Russian Mountain on 2014-11-22

Climber: Ben Still

Date:Saturday, November 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Russian Mountain
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:4318 ft / 1316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Some photo

Wayne, Carrie, and I started hiking at 8:30am. Hiked up the Russian Lake Trail taking the turn off down to the Russian Falls. Once at the Russian River we crossed the knee deep river with several late spawning salmon still swimming just up stream. We bushwhacked up through alders, beetle kill spruce and devils club. Good times. Once above the brush we made quick work of the remaining elevation admiring the interesting rime ice covering much of the upper slopes and made the summit at 12:45. From here we descended to the NW down into the valley and up Bear Mountain arriving at 2:45pm. Realizing our daylight was quickly dissipating we abandoned heading over to Suprise Mountain and took the ridge to the saddle between Russian and Bear Mountains. We dropped down steep frozen slopes in an incoming snow storm. We made it to the valley floor just in time to use our headlamps. We traversed across the not so frozen swamps to the Russian River. Here the river was narrower and it was dark so we just went for it and I quickly found out it was much deeper here, but easily made it to the other side. The brush thickened before we made it to the trail and hiked back out to our car arriving at 8pm. Another great day climbing up peaks in Alaska.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4218 ft / 1285 m
    Total Elevation Loss:300 ft / 91 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4218 ft / 1285 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3918 ft / 1195 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Start Trailhead:400 ft / 121 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Russian

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Russian Mountain2014-11-224218 ft / 1286 m
2Bear Mountain2014-11-222278 ft / 694 m
Total Trip Gain: 6496 ft / 1980 m    Total Trip Loss: 4507 ft / 1373 m



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