Having lived in San Francisco, some of my first climbs in the US were in the Sierras like climbing Mt Banner, a mountain that gave me a challenging time and it seemed to be a perfect mountain to call my dog after. Its always a pleasure to return to its granite spire and domes.

This trip, Chris and I decided to start our climbing on Mt Whitney climbing the East Buttress, followed by Fish Hook Arete on Mt Russell. Then it was off to finish a project called Fairview Dome, before stopping off at Lovers Leap to squeeze one more day of climbing in.

As always on these trips, the faithful Andinista backpack. Taking a nice break with Mt Whitney in the background

The East Buttress is the line in the center of Mt Whitney on the left, the gully just to the right is called the Mountaineers route and is the 4th class descent route

Photo taken later in the day

Home for the next 3 days

Camped out beside Iceberg lake

First real pitch on yellow granite

A climb starts with that first touch on the rock

View of Mt Russel from Whitney.

Perfect Day

View of Iceberg lake from high on the climb

Chris on lead

Fun in the Sun

Summit hangout

Mt Russell, a view from camp

Looking up at the next climb, Mt Russell, line involves climbing up the middle to the ridge then moving right along the ridge before the final vertical headwall

Lower on Fish Hook Arete

Trying to climb and warm my hands at the same time


Finally in the sun, Chris belaying

One of the best ever balay spots, just ask Chris

Perfect Steepness

Does it get any better?

Exit moves near the top

Rope coiling on the summit

Chris enjoying the highest point

Sometimes we even climb for the view 🙂

View showing the Mt Whitney Massif

Closer look at Mt Whitney

Fairview Dome,

Closer view, trying to find the line

Pitch 1 Awesome, I have been here before, I would like to finish this project this time

Pitch 2

Higher up

Cleaner then it looks, airy traverse

High Up

Wonderful exposure

Chris smearing the move

Hang out time