Happy that my Xterra could actually make it to the gate - I hit the "kill switch" in my brain and mindlessly slogged up the chute with Daria. Full excitement mode for the climb up rock to the summit, then traversed to South Basin only to bail from the north tower due to time of day and tough terrain with tired bodies. Descended steep chute off north tower with some snow and ice...Horton Lakes at nightfall and creepy drive out.
Bivied in the mineshaft. Couloir was long, with good coverage. The class 4 rock was a lot of fun in mountaineering boots. Bootied a nut on the way.
Descended class 2 north face, then circled around back and headed up a chute full of sand & rock opposite the east couloir (perhaps the west side). Had a nice glissade back, almost all the way to the trailhead.