Four Pacific Northwest climbers ascending the NBC (North Buttress Couloir) on the morning of April 19, 2003. Let's hope they encountered firmer conditions than our party the afternoon prior. In leading out on the Northwest Face (the normal continuation from the top of the couloir), I practically had to tamp down each step four times to consolidate the bootpath, thus making it feel like I climbed the last 800 feet of the face four times. Ugh! The climbers are just above and right of where I took this picture
the day before.