Congratulations on a successful climb.
Thanks! It was tough, but worth it, and a great experience.
Thanks, this was really nicely done.
What is the range of team sizes you saw?
What do you think the minimum size and optimum size teams are, if there is such a thing?
Check with the Walter Harper Ranger Station for max team size allowed but to me the best size is 4 people. 2 is too risky as if one guy can't make it he takes away the opportunity from his teammate. 3 of our 4 on our team summited while the fourth waited at Basin Camp (14K) - if we only had two we would have had to turn around without summiting. I'd say 3 is min, 4 is optimum and for me 6 would be the max.
Great to read about a self-supported trip on the West Buttress. Good information here for other aspirants.
Thanks. I hope many others find it useful/helpful.