From Taylor Peak with Aron. The route wasn't nearly as awful as we'd been led to believe. The north ridge is class 2 with perhaps one or two class 3 moves. While a huge chosspile, Star Peak is spectacularly beautiful and dominant.
Another choss pile summit in the Elks. Getting to the north ridge saddle was a brutal sidehill struggle on talus. A lingering snowfield helped out for about half of the way up to the saddle. We climbed a class 2 rib to the right that avoided some of the loose stuff. The summit ridge surprised us as it looks pretty mellow from below with a fair amount of exposure and teetering blocks ready to let loose. Just take your time and test your holds. It reminded us of Snowmass, only a bit more exposed and loose. The ridge traverse with Taylor would be a death wish. Don't mess with it!
Climbed the North Ridge route after summitting neighboring Taylor Peak. The ridge between the two is gnarly and definately doesn't go - looks like 5th class climbing on absolute junk! A lingering snowfield aided our progress in gaining Star's North Ridge. From there to the summit the rock was very loose and sharp but none of us thought it exceeded 3rd class.