Went via the route from Smoot's book, and got more than I expected. Instead of a Class 2 route, I found some brief Class 4 spots and tricky goings. Found rap rings and several slings. Who goes up there? Wisely returned via South Ridge and Lake Augusta.
After saying goodbye to Greg and Don on the summit of Big Lou, I traversed the ridge over to Big Jim and found some Class 3 scrambling along the way. The summit register had not been signed since 2010. Was I the first person in 2 years? I then set my bivy sack in the snow near Lake Augusta. My thermometer read 22 degrees during the night and the wind chill overpowered my 17 degree sleeping bag.