Admittedly the NE Spur route has been done a lot, but it was still a good weekend out on a familiar mountain.
Quentin, Jen, Chris, and I ventured up to Keith's hut and found a circus up there. Lots of hikers during the day, but the evening found about 15 of us in the hut, a mix of mountaineers, hikers, and optimistic skiers.
The conditions were prime for mountaineering, and Jen, Chris and I set off at 4am from the hut for a climb on the East ridge. Quentin's knees were causing concern, so he slept in. A very reasonable choice!
the 3 of us slogged up the east ridge in the dark, and soon found ourselves on a snow crest with good exposure. I was happy it was dark still and couldn't quite make out just how exposed it was. Chris climbed up the first steep section where he found an exposed, snow, and corniced ridge. So we opted to downclimb off the east ridge, and join up with the NE Spur. We only roped up for a short section of downclimbing on questionable snow, otherwise the rope stayed in the bag, no pro (rock or snow) got used. We all got some great exersize!
The technical climbing is very short it seems on the east ridge, so we didn't miss out on a lot. While I didn't tick it off, it's my 3rd attempt on the ridge, and it's now at the bottom of the list. Much more fun stuff to do.
We then joined up with the col, and did the standard NE Spur route. Chris and Jen stayed on the ridge crest, while I tried some 4th class rock, which was slow and tedious. I stuck to the snow the rest of the way up.
We took a few summit shots on a great clear day, and quickly got back to the hut 2 hours after summitting. The 4 of us quickly packed up, and headed down to the truck for beers and the ride home.
Here's a link to the photos, I can't be bother editing the size for CT:https://www.flickr.com/photos/124474...7651114230842/