On a cool winter day with snow on the upper half of the route, this was more scenic, challenging, and exciting than my summer visit to this part of the Alps (I posted a few more details on the main log for Granite Peak).
"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