For the peak in California's Sierra Nevada, see Mount Russell (California).
Mount Russell is one of the major peaks of the central Alaska Range, approximately 35 mi (56 km) southwest of Denali. Though much lower than Denali or its neighbor Mount Foraker, Russell is a steep, dramatic peak and a significant mountaineering challenge in its own right. To give a sense of its size and steepness, note that its summit rises 6,560 ft (2,000 m) over the Chedotlothna Glacier to the northwest in only 1.8 mi (3 km), and almost 10,000 ft (3,048 m) above the lower Yentna Glacier to the south in only 8 mi (13 km).
Mount Russell is the highest point in the Kuskokwim River watershed.
The first ascent of Mount Russell was made on May 28, 1962 by a party led by Hellmut Raithel. The summit party comprised Klaus Ekkerlein, Robert Goodwin, and Peter Hennig. They ascended the West Face from the Chedotlothna Glacier. The second ascent was in July 1972, by Thomas Kensler, Peter Brown, John Hauck, Dick Jablonowski, and Dan Osborne. That ascent proceeded via the now-standard North Ridge route, from the high basin of the upper Yentna Glacier to the northeast of the peak. This route is rated at Alaska Grade 2+, and is made much shorter by the feasibility of landing at around 8,000 feet in the basin, just outside the wilderness portion of the park.
Overshadowed as it is by its larger neighbors, Mount Russell had seen only six recorded ascents by 2001. However guided climbs of the peak are available.
By elevation Mount Russell is
# 42 out of 376 in the Alaska Range # 100 out of 3806 in Alaska # 34 out of 121 in Denali # 7 out of 205 in Matanuska-Susitna # 30 out of 76 in Denali Wilderness # 34 out of 151 in Denali National Park and Preserve
By prominence Mount Russell is
# 11 out of 376 in the Alaska Range # 48 out of 3806 in Alaska # 87 out of 91437 in USA # 3 out of 121 in Denali # 4 out of 205 in Matanuska-Susitna # 3 out of 76 in Denali Wilderness # 4 out of 151 in Denali National Park and Preserve
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