Started early from Elbow lake in a stew of clouds. We were barely able to see the route on the way up as the clouds kept rolling in and out of the basin. It was cold the night before and the snow was relatively solid. Traversing the south face from snow to ice to rock numerous times was the most treacherous part of the climb but the exhilirating exposure was well worth the effort.
The clouds in the basin cleared 100 feet from the summit giving us a nice view of our surroundings. The route itself was more difficult than we had assumed it would be. My guess is that this is an entirely different climb later in the summer as the rock appears to be very solid. Can't wait to try more routes up there!
Car-to-car in 16:07, fast and light. Intended to do the NE Arete, but snow (up to 6"+) and ice forced us onto the standard route. Views from the top were fantastic. Beautiful day with a strong team. Go Team Squishy Toes!
We were there to climb the NE Arete, but the weather did not cooperate. This was an excellent consolation prize. The exposure near the summit is exhilarating! And the view across Paradise Valley and down into Yellowstone was worth the 9 mile price of admission.
I did the standard route again in September 2004 with about 8 inches of fresh snow. Back again in July 2005 and finally got over to the NE Arete. Great route, solid rock when needed, enough protection, and all fun.