On the North side below the summits, we carefully traversed the steep snowfield below the summit blocks. We pulled out our ice axes before crossing the steep snow, but the snow was already soft enough that a self arrest would have had to be accomplished by hands and feet, since the ice axe picks easily pulled through the loose snow. The couloirs to the summit were in great shape with plenty of snow. We axcended the widest, third couloir. We easily kick stepped our way to the saddle between the twin summits. We dropped our packs at the saddle and climbed the short 4th class rock section and traversed across to the West summit arriving around 11:15 AM. After a brief rest, with threatening storms and rain far to the North, we downclimbed to the saddle and made the easy hike up to the East summit block. The East summit is an airy perch big enough for only one butt at a time. We tried to compare the two summits to see which was actually higher. Visually, they look about the same elevation. With an analog Thommen altimeter graduated into 20 foot divisions and a Suunto Altimeter watch, we were unable to determine which point was highest. They must be within about 10 feet of each other. Next time, I'll try a GPS. We did not bring snowshoes on the trip, which were never needed, and crampons weren't necessary on the steeper sections due to the soft snow.
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