Rallison: Thanks for the update! I'm glad to hear the watchtower isn't icy. The pictures I've seen make it look pretty treacherous on the slippery stuff, having no crampons.
I'm as excited as I've ever been about anything to get out to the sierras and start exploring. I'll be sure to post a trip report when I get back. Nothing that would excite all you veterans, but I'm sure it will be super fun for me.
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