After spending a night under the northern lights, atop Elk Mountain, I quickly made my way to the true summit, rock slide kept me from going down and up the thirds summit (solo and no helmet), I wanted to finish the traverse with Sundance, but that had to wait a week. Climbed Elk Mountain via Dude Lake.
Climbed south ridge from Ship Lake but couldn't traverse large notch to central summit. There is a large rib on the west side that joins the central ridge just south of the notch. The key is a safe down climb of the north side of this rib leading into the notch and I could not find it. Once in the notch, the route back up looks easy though.