NE chute/Sally Keyes return Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2014
Instead of going up the NE ridge, I ended up going up the obvious chute above the three ice fields. It was quite steep, sandy and slow at the top of the chute, but once the chute was cleared, it was easy to the summit. On the way back I came down an easy route to Sallie Keyes Lake and took my time going back to camp at Marie Lake as this was an off day while traveling the JMT.
Went up the south slope and down the east face. Loop included Senger, Gemini, and Seven Gables. Took the old trail up to Sallie Keyes from the Florence Lake trail as described in Secor (and still showing on my handheld GPS). Steep but cuts out about 3 miles of exposed hiking.
Spent the night at a fantastic spot on Marie Lake after climbing Mount Hooper the day before. Went up the northwest slope and down the northeast ridge before heading off to Gemini and Seven Gables later that day.