Awesome, if not tiny, summit!
Did west ridge route from Marmot Lake base, below Mt. Humphries. Passed back over to east side of crest north of Piute Pass. Involved slab, chimney, shattered face sections. Light class 3. Gained west ridge and wound about Gendarmes to the summit wedge. Had weightless snow flakes on summit floating around, surrealistic. Signed summit register "It's snowing, we're going". Thunder on decent, hail, soaking cold rain. Had my only case of hypothermia ever, right before camp. Climbing partner ran ahead to prepare hot soup. OK after dry clothes and warm drinks.
Climbed this one a couple of times. The first time was back on Sep 28, '03 via the south rib: A rare dayhike that both began and ended in daylight--quite a treat! Emerson was one of my favourite peaks up to that point. The south rib is an easy but fun scramble, with some nice views too.
Came back on Jun 9, '05 to climb the SE Face with Sam. Fun route; a few easy 5th class moves near the bottom (no harder than a good deal of Sierra fourth class), and then almost 2000 feet of fairly continuous and enjoyable scrambling, nothing more than class 3-4 the rest of the way. The final ridge scramble to the summit was particularly exposed and enjoyable.
I climbed this very fun rock route with Duncan Laing. Excellent!