What Everyone Else Said Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2012
This is the best view I've seen of the needle and the shield as well as the area North of the shield which is pretty sparse and secluded. Watch the descent here. The west side is class 4ish in places (actually class 5, but you can avoid it if you are careful). The safest way down in the east ridge which is class 3...but the base is heavily covered in foliage. If you drop off the west side, you foliage is less dense and you have a straight shot for Rincon peak. Took me 30 minutes from 8300 to Rincon Peak.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe