Wow, I stepped away from my computer yesterday and suddenly find myself on page 3! Thanks for the entertainment, brightened my morning!
Definitely yes on the beer sherpa!
And yes, you're on the right track, it is Cotton Creek, and not camping at the lake.
Now the question is, which peaks, on which days, and in what order?
One item of note is, my shorter day is longer than I thought, 8.5-9 mi or thereabouts and may involve some class 3, I haven't researched it that well yet.
Longer day should stay at class 2 from what I've read.
Definitely keeping weather and bailout options (although, limited) a factor in my route planning. I've only just started looking at these routes so, my initial thoughts may be flawed....
And odds are: my longer day is probably going to just land me in my tent on the shorter day. While the rest of the group is heading out, I may be curled up in a sleeping bag, disillusioned, and clutching a bottle of wine....
Darned topos, always make me far too ambitious!