SchralpTheGnar wrote:When I did the SW slopes route I remember it being much more difficult, we got into class 3\4 terrain, loose rocks on slabby cliffs, I'm positive we were off route because we had no idea where we were going. However, when I did the standard route it had much easier route finding.
I would not be put off by this. SW Slopes is a well defined easy to follow route. There is a section of maybe 400 vertical feet of scrambling where there is not a clearly marked route, This section is above 13K, and I believe it is after the two routes join up. There was some areas where you could do some class 3 stuff if you chose to, however, the main route runs directly parallel, and is marked with cairns / well worn trail
The SW slopes route was a fun, rewarding hike with lots of wildlife and beautiful views. It is steep, but not overly difficult.
Consider spending the night somewhere in the half moon area. It has som quality camping.