Comments: My first lead climb, second pitch. The traverse was a little scary for me but I had a blast. I'm glad other people rate it higher than 5.5. I don't really know what I consider it but it was definitely harder than The Swift on Lost Horse Wall in Josh (5.7).
Comments: If you are planning on taking Avalanche Gultch to the summit, consider taking Green Butte ridge to get to Helen Lake. It was a lot of fun and a bit more technical then just snowshoeing up a continuous slope. Cutting over to Helen Lake can be tricky and you will lose maybe 150' of elevation but it is enjoyable. This picture is March 30, 2013. I took Green Butte and cut over to Helen Lake.