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The Tooth/South Face

Snow still okay, but fading fast. Stream crossing not the easiest, but still acceptable. Snow up to the pass, but some rotten spots. Ice axes needed, no crampons. Rocks are protruding, so a slip without an arrest could cause pain here. Easiest time ever getting to top of pass -- avoided the snow tongue and simply walked/scrambled up dirt trail on the right edge.

Our team of six left the parking lot at 6:10am. First team on summit at 11am. Last team on summit at 11:45. We took a long rest in the sun. Double rap followed by two singles soon had us at the base. Back at cars around 4:15. Strong team, beautiful weather, stellar views, and solitude (just one other pair on route) made for an excellent climb.