“I had the whole damn mountain to myself until about half an hour into the descent,” says Chatter.
Chatter made the ascent from parking 5,400 feet to 10,188 feet in four hours and 45 minutes, knocking off two hours on the way down.
“A beautiful day, but wind gusts up to around 25 knots were, in a word, tiring,” reports Chatter. “I typically do this one using crampons for the ascent, and snowshoes for the descent. Left the snowshoes behind this time, and really regretted having done so. The afternoon sun warmed the snowfield, and I post-holed a bit. Exhausting.