Hi again! I guess I'm just catching up from my absence.
When we left the car on Saturday, we intended (of course) to hit both East Peak and Mt Osceola in one trip. This was an extremely challenging hike. By the time we got to the East Peak, we knew that we needed to keep what energy we had for the trip down, so we sat at the viewpoint and enjoyed it for awhile, then came straight back down.
I really need to learn how to relax on the steep downhills. We were passed by a half-dozen people on the way down who either were butt-sliding (at, like, 20MPH!!) for a half-mile or who could just walk straight down the steeps in their crampons. I expend a lot of energy trying to control, balance and hold myself back.
Since we didn't get Mt Osceola, we'll need to revisit this trip again in the future. Maybe we'll wait a couple years and see if someone decides to open Tripoli Rd in winter.
East Osceola Trip