Really beautiful summit. Fun scramble. Hiked to Lake Blanche and spent the night at the lake. Woke at 6am with a black wall of thunderstorm clouds enveloping the area. Made a shelter and waited out the storm. Honestly, it had me scared, but we lived. Storm passed. Traveled through the cliff bands to the valley on the west side of the peak. There's a great Class 4 line up the west face that puts you right at the base of the South Ridge's crux. The ridge was a little narrower than I expected, but it was great fun with exciting exposure. The summit register was pretty cool, goes back 40+ years.
Nice fun hike. The scrambling was interesting, but it was much better along the Cottonwood Ridge. I'll have to do this peak under snow conditions!
After lake Blanche I rounded to the steep talus on the North West side of the peak.
Decided for a little class 5 to the ridgeline. The knife-edge leading South to the summit was a little exposed. Had the summit to myself.
Not as high as the main Cottonwood ridge peaks, but still pretty tough. The ridge scramble back to the summit is difficult and exposed in spots. Approaching thunderstorm made my summit stay only about 3 minutes.
Just one move of 5.10, the rest is a lot easier
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