Thanks, man :-)
Wow, that's hard work schlepping that much gear across the glacier and up to the toe of Crosson, only to pack it in for the route. Bummer... but cooooool you got onto the WB!
But yeah, I know what you mean... even sitting at Crosson base camp two weeks before you guys came in, we had more snow and even some ok ice in the gully, but it was still like the mountain was falling apart all along that slope. It was pretty much just crumbing on that aspect, and generating constant rockfall.
Seemed like mostly smaller stuff tumbling off, but we had a few pretty good noises, and even a slightly scary one or two.
As an aside, it seems like there's some weird backlash against the classic routes in AK, with a lot of folks doing quick and committing 3-5 day in-and-outs these days, but I'm definitely a devotee of the classics... they're classic for a reason :-)
Glad you liked the vid... I'm definitely coming back at some point to try that summit again, and by that route for sure.
Everybody here knows Foraker via the Sultana--especially expedition style--doesn't give itself up easily. It's long, with some HEAVY ASS carry days, and definitely committing in places with huge drops, steep traverses, and big cornices, not to mention crevasse danger for almost all of the upper route. Not to be taken lightly.
The idiots who say it's boring are just jealous they don't have the grunt to get up it. ;-)
As of today, there have been 29 attempts on it in 2011, and still zero summits. She's a fickle one.
Did you get up Denali??