I had never been in the Big Boulder Lakes Basin. Great area. I only had a day so I headed to Cove Lake via Island Lake (as described in Margaret Fuller's book). The north ridge is a fun scramble with generally firm rock if you stay on the ridgeline (dramatically better rock than most of the surrounding Whiteclouds or Boulder Mountains)
Interesting peak with lots of big granite blocks and towers. Plenty of good hand and footholds, but enough loose ones to keep us alert. Incredible views of 12 alpine lakes, the Sawtooth and Lost River ranges.
Fun day climb from Cove Lake. Just a few signatures on the register since its placement in 2006. Last 11er in the basin to climb, so we lolly gagged and napped around Gentian, Snow and Boulder lakes after the climb down. Gorgeous day in the White Clouds, in the 80's.
"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."