I told myself I'd stay out of this thread, at least for a while, but I have to clear a few things up. Sean was climbing the standard route, not any alternate. He started from Snowmass Lake at the same time we did: about 4:45 a.m. He was solo, but stayed right behind our group and another group of two the entire ascent. He had crampons, an ice axe, a helmet, a SPOT, a GPS -- everything. I can say with 100 percent confidence he did everything right. There's nothing to be learned from this one, which somehow makes it even tougher to accept. RIP Sean...
EDIT: Monster5 beat me to it. I can't agree more with everything he said.
Thanks for everything you did up there, man. Andrew, too. I wish we could have met under better circumstances.
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“There are two kinds of climbers: those who climb because their heart sings when they’re in the mountains, and all the rest.” - Alex Lowe
"There have been joys too great to describe in words, and there have been griefs upon which I cannot dare to dwell; and with those in mind I say, 'Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste, look well to each step, and from the beginning think what may be the end.'" - Edward Whymper