It made me relive my own suffering to get Deerhorn and Caltech on the same day. I did take University Pass on the way back, and did get caught in the dark about half way between University Pass and Robinson Lake. Talus hopping by headlamp, very exhausted ... slow going and not much fun.
I probably could have made it to Robinson Lake if not for my little ridge adventure, but it would not have been fun. Did you drop down the west side of Deerhorn and over Harrison Pass, or over that heinous saddle between it and Stanford?
The west side of Deerhorn looked much too risky to me and I didn't know which chute was the class 4 one. So I dropped back down the NE buttress, went over the heinous looking saddle and down the other side in the hope to pick up the trail over Harrison Pass which was shown on the map. Except that there was no trail and getting up to Harrison Pass was no fun at all. I should have gone over the summit of Stanford as you did.
I loved the conversation with yourself. How many times do we all do that, tricking our bodies into one more big UP, one more traverse, one more anything. The amazing thing is how it will respond, time and again. Kept me smiling all the way along...
Yep, I (fortunately) fall for it every time. Though I've been more successful tricking myself into moving than smiling.