A surprisingly aesthetic, varied, and challenging route on a volcano. Early season is necessary to be able to surmount the bergschrund. Knife edge ridge exposed and mostly solid. summit pyramid all snow and ice for us.
Climbed the route all the way to the summit ridge with a large team from Sierra Mountaineering Group. We had a short weather window and not enough time to chance the ice-encrusted summit. The highlight was of course the knife edge ridge: full of rime ice and exciting exposure. We descended the Russell Glacier back to high camp at 7000. A spectacular mountain.
Great climb! camped at top of timberline. Riley lead up to knife edge ridge. This was my most technical alpine style climb to date. didn't like the rock fall would only do it again when the rocks are frozen. Saw a HUGE rock on the glacier that came from the cliffs above. Riley's pictures are here http://flickr.com/photos/rileyp/sets/72157600915582762/