Hiked to lake 10,353', then headed up and left to a steep, loose chute to the summit ridge. The ridge consists of one rocky pinnacle after another, so staying right on its crest is not possible. A class 3 traverse at best. I descended a loose, sandy chute below the summit block and eventually intersected my ascent route. Trip came in at about 14 miles.
North Face and Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2008
Climbed during a wind advisory and were hitting gusts of up to 45mph on the summit. Decided against making the class 3 traverse to Standford due to time and the strong winds. A real slog of a climb though with the wind.