It was a great experience for a group of 7 guys. In our party were three PhD.s in Geology from USC a MS grad student and another guy who had completed his masters. They were of course California guys. Myself and the other member of our party were from Chicago and work in the financial industry. The big reason for this climb was Steve's bachelor party, we opted for this instead of going to Vegas. We had actually started to plan this trip shortly after the first of the year getting the necessary permits. We had great weather even tho a front had gone through a few days earlier and left some new snow. It did get cold quickly once the sun dropped behind the mountain top. And perhaps the strangest thing of all was watching people come down the 97 switchbacks at night with headlamps on. We broke camp around 7:30 on Labor day and made the summit by 11:00. Took the ususal group pictures and had a snack. We were off the mountain by 6:30 and man did the burgers at the portal store taste great. It was a great time for all of us and Steve got married the following weekend with out a hitch.