Route Climbed: SE face (ascent); East Couloir (descent) Date Climbed: Aug. 4, 2001
Day 1 of the Sierra Emblem Challenge 2001. Excellent weather all day. Day hike from Twin Lakes TH, started 6:15a, returned 3:30p. There was no snow in the East Couloir, making it easy to descend without crampons or axe. It was a bit dicey at the bottom of the couloir getting down the steeper section of the glacier, but I used fallen rocks that were embedded in the glacier as steps to get down this part.
Route Climbed: SE Slope, North Arete Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2000
September 24, 2000 via the Southeast slope: This was my second major peak after Mt. Conness, which took 3 tries. This took one, and first with Vladimir. Lot more elevation gain than Conness but with one night backpacking it was easy. We spent almost 100 minutes on the summit chatting and talking on cell phones!!!
Second trip via the North Arete route: August 8, 2004, with Dirk Summers and Mark Thomas. This was my first technical alpine trip, on an exceptional route with wonderful scenery.