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British Mt Russell 2000

When his original partner dropped out at the eleventh hour, the future of this expedition seemed in jeopardy, but then the leader - already in Alaska - met up with a worthy replacement. However, that was not the end of his problems as, with continuous high winds (which prevented anyone from summiting the W Buttress on Denali), the local pilots were unwilling to fly to the remote Chedotlothna Glacier from where he planned to attempt a traverse of Mount Russell, 3,557m. A flight to Ruth Glacier was substituted, and from here two first ascents were achieved - Mt Sholes, 1,905m, and Mt Tassles, 2,091m.

May - June 2000
Geoff Hornby from Britain with Mike Smith from the USA

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