Lead an introductory trip to class 3 climbing for my buddies Matthew S, Mike C, and Jeremy R. Just the right difficulty and length by veering to the right (east) of the ridge crest.
Was prepared to be underwhelmed but was pleasantly surprised by fun class 3 scrambling. If you stay on the ridge itself there is some exposed class 4 to spice it up. Recommended if you have a couple of hours to kill!
Led the first and third pitch of the N Arete & simul-climbed to the summit. Descended the S Ridge, taking a difficult line staying on the crest the entire way (cl. 4-5). Then I realized I left my sneakers on the summit, so I climbed up and down an easier line utilizing the ledge system to the east cl. 3).
Took my 10-year-old and twin 7-year-old sons up a South Ridge variation, approached via Crystal Lake, descended to TJ Lake and back to Lake George. The little guys had a great time.
Enjoyable scrambling. Tricky route finding between the west chutes.