CJB, I'd be up for an attempt on Guardian or other peaks in the area.
Scrambler, I don't dislike overnighters, and I would love to be around for the good photo lighting if camping. I've done some, but in years past and even now I am working extra jobs and don't always have the time.
That said, I know I have to make more of an effort to try to do one again. I gotta get out of this day hiking only rut I'm stuck in.
so the route up castle towers doesn,t include the summit of panorama, question mark, instead I would go via the lake in the caldera to the col between gentian and panorama, question mark,over the summit of gentian, down into the pass and on to castle towers, question mark,
cowboy5, you could go over Panorama and Gentian Peak if you wished. Or you could go up the Helm Glacier. We basically split the difference and went up an area between them to get to the col between Panorama and Gentian Peak. From there it was easy to walk across the top of the Helm Glacier before heading down and then up Polemomium Ridge.