Camped at S Colony Lakes. Surprised at how busy it was even on a weekday. Camping here on a weekend would be difficult based on the number of parties I saw coming in on my way out Friday. No real mosquitos to speak of yet but a lot of sheep and way more aggressive marmots than I have seen before
For me and many other groups on the mountains today there was nothing on these routes requiring traction or ax. A few snow crossings but very good boot pack and only very short crossings. Most of snow avoidable. Very fun route. Routefinding on the traverse was relatively straight forward but the downclimb from the needle was definitely an adventure. Don't go down the first gully you encounter from the summit. I crossed over to the West gully above the spot indicated and thought that was pretty easy. Shoutout to J&J. Thanks for the help with the routefinding and the good company.