This trip started out as a recon trip to take photos of the NW route, for a future climb, which was successful. However it turned into a solo attempt of the west peak, which I wasn't prepared for and wisely abandoned before I got into trouble. Saw some great views, and know what to prepare for next time.
On Saturday we hiked up to base camp at about 16,500', with packs that were too heavy and not really taking time to get used to the altitude. Sunday morning we made a summit attempt but stopped at 18,000' at the start of the glacier because of forgotten food and water back at base camp. The conditions weren't good either, no snow, just steep gravel slopes that were almost impossible to traverse, or the glacier that had sun cups 3-4 feet high, so that was hard slow going as well. Also there was no snow on the summit route and we weren't prepared for bare rock climbing. We decided to wait and try it again at another time.
"So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life."
--Peter Gibbons (Office Space)