I had a post up in the sign up section, had a few nibbles but no 100% hits. If I had company I would have been fine just doing Wedge but since I kinda despise the Wedgemount trail I figured I'de get the other 2 out of the way since I was flying solo.
Parked at the new trail head, I"m not sure if it's lower or higher than the old one but the travel was quite nice to where it connects with the old one and made it to the lake in 2hrs.
Dropped down to the lake and followed it to the toe of the glacier where I put on the crampons and tried to follow some old melted tracks but with all the suncups I think I was just telling myself they were old tracks to make me feel better about wandering around on a glacier by myself. The lower access route upto the arete came into view so I made my way up that to get to the start of the arete.
Crampons weren't needed at the start and for most of the arete until maybe after the mid way point. Right away at the start there is a rock gap that needs to be crossed, vertical drops on either side and to be honest I felt that this was one of the hardest parts of the trip. The snow was alittle soft but from the previous tracks I was able to kick some pretty safe secure steps that felt solid. The only time it was sloppy and big postholes was around the rock near the top for only a few steps here or there but being able to grab the rock I felt secure.
Soon enough I top out on the West Ridge staring up at the summit as the clouds roll in to take away the views.
After a good sized break trying to dry socks I head down the terrible boulder bash West ridge route. I would scope out whatever fingers of snow were left and have awesome butt slides down them. By using my feet to brake it would kick up huge rooster tails of snow into my face to cool me down.
Once at the base of the West Ridge I dropped down into the basin and made my way over to the Wedge-Parkurst col and angled upto the top of Parkurst
From here I get a look over at Rethel and where I have to drop down to the Rethel-Parkhurst Col. Rethel was kinda drepressing as it was just more loose scree bashing on an upward angle just below the actual ridge line to avoid wasteful ups and downs and now I've reach the 3rd and final peak with the other 2 I just did in the back ground. No more, I just want to go home now.
Back at the Parkurst-Rethel col I take the scrambles route back, what a kick in the junk this route is. Loose, steep, ugly, had to put my crampons back on at one spot to jump onto the snow and then more boulder hopping to the lake crossing where I took a nice rest, walked right through the lake with boots on because it felt good on my feet.
Put the ipod on and got down to the car where sandals have never felt any better, I was even too tired to have a beer. I don't have a gps but it's around the 30km mark and close to 9000 el. approx.