My first mountain of 2013. Played around on this ridge in 2012 too. Crossed along an "arm" dividing Upper Baron Lake and Lower Baron Lake. Great views the entire approach up and over some rock mounds and domes. Snow was in poor condition as I started late. Think I was on one of the not quite high points, but slapped everything I could reach and its one of my favorite mountains to look at or climb. Whole area is amazing.
24 mile RT hike and scramble. Sunny and 60F and I only saw 1 other group on the trails. The steep scramble from Upper Baron Lake was a classic solid rock ascent. The ridge line required route finding over and around the steep towers and the SW side of the ridge dropped off precipitously. Much to my surprise there was no sign of prior ascent even though this is a named USGS peak. I left a new summit canister and small cairns for the next party.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."