In Dec '05, my partner and I tried to do Ice Nine, but when we came into view of the couloirs, neither looked in shape, so we opted for the right one instead. It was mainly snow on top of rock, and very sketchy. On the descent, couldn't find the downclimb from the ridge, so rapp'ed. Climbing back up to our camp on Lamarck Col took forever, due to deep powder.
"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