Chicago Transplant wrote:
Hahaha, pretty much nailed it. I did Bartlett a few years ago before the mine reopened, but we skipped unranked Little Bartlett, just didn't seem worth it to us
I would be VERY interested to see a picture of the summit rocks, I have mine posted on Summitpost, and I remember seeing a TR from before our trip that had different rocks and between my pics and those pics it was very apparent that the summit block that was there for the other person, had fallen when we did it. We even saw the summit register with its broken cap 25' below the summit as we traversed the choss. I am curious how much has fallen off the block in the last 5 years!
Here are my images:http://www.summitpost.org/bartlett-summit-block/353448/c-303801http://www.summitpost.org/bartlett-summit/353449/c-303801
I will make Jpegs from my raw pictures during today and post it, maybe write up a trip report. However, I didn't take the camera for the climb (I have an SLR, so don't feel comfortable to climb with it), I stashed all my stuff in the scree below because I was scared of loose rock. I took one overall picture of the summit block, knife edge and flat area where the showel and drill was. You will see.
Actually when looked closely at your picture, the rasor thin slab summit is still there, as in one of the trip reports here, reminding an origami bird and I touched it from below. However, I can tell that the rock tower looks differently now, more rugged, I am sure something fell off of it. The climb was not difficult, I'd put it as class 3 but I felt it vibrating under my weight and was scarred all the time that it won't last. Also, I climbed it from the side opposite to the knife edge, seemed to be easier. I first got between the knife edge and the summit block, then bypassed it on the right side (between the tower and a big boulder that also looked it would like to fall but was stable) and then directly up.