Four of us out to take on Harvey with ice ax's and crampons in hand. We bumped into another group heading up just as we arrived which made for only 2 vehicles total at the trail head parking at sunrise... and I have to say that is a first... historically you needed to get there before sunrise to secure a spot. I suppose the 'considerable' rating in avalanche.ca may have kept people away for the day.
Conditions: We put micro-spikes on right after turning up towards Harvey off of the Lions/Harvey trail. We then proceeded to make our way up trying to keep to the markers as best as we could zig-zagging our way up towards the ridge. We got a point where we had 10-20 cm of fresh dry snow on top of a intermittently solid crust where we pulled out the ice axes and carried on sometimes plowing through patches of knee deep snow, but that was the exception and not the norm.
Once we reached the ridge we had a touch more wind to contend with but negligable and the Lions, Unnecessary, and the Magenesia valley were 90% obscured by light snow and cloud.
We carried on along the ridge heading more into the trees at points to avoid the numerous beautifully sculpted cornices along the western edge. The drifts were now thigh deep in places, but I was having too much fun bombing through these to stop and put on snowshoes. We paused at the bottom of the final push to the peak to read the terrain, assess the risks and choose a line... then within 10 minutes we were unpacking lunches on a mostly socked in peak.
Within another 10 minutes we were joined by 3 more from the previous group we had passed earlier somewhere around the 1/4 mark.
The return trip was just spectacular as the western skies opened up for us providing moody skies interlaced with pure blue bliss. Hopefully some of the photos will convey this more eloquently than my powers to manipulate language.
Return trip was fast and uneventful other than occasionally getting bombed by the melting snow, which I might add, also managed to cover our 'up' track almost 100%, so a touch of route finding thrown in on the way down to make life interesting.
Have fun out there and stay safe.