Camped at UM Pass. Decided to climb from the NE, instead of the normal northwest approach, just to make things interesting. After slogging through some of the loosest scree I've ever encountered, I attempted a class 3-4 line I'd scouted out the day before. Would have been no problem, but the rock was far too cracked and rotten. About 30 yards up the cockscomb, I decided to turn back. Perhaps I'll return to do Martin's Ladder (the "normal" route) at some point...
My brother-in-law and I drove the 4WD jeep road to UM Pass. The road to UM Pass was not too bad except for the occasional cow in the middle of the road and deep ruts. The pass was littered with recently cut and fallen trees. It appears that the north flank of Mt. Marvine has been open to lumber companies. The area was very deforested which made for easy routefinding to the NE boulder field. Crossed the eastern boulder field and attained the summit ridge at the south end. Some Class 3 scrambling over the minor summit ridges. Summit register and mailbox were still present. Excellent hike with plenty of solitude.
"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."