Epic winter ascent of SE ridge from Cottonwood Lake (winter closure). The snow on the ridge was very deep and unconsolidated. At one point we resorted to breaking out shovels to remove snow for upward progress! One team member proclaimed: "Just shoot me!".
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe