As Sean Hermany and I were making due with being smoked out of the Hulk from the Rim Fire, for our second day on the east side we climbed the classic SE Face of Mt Emerson (5.4). I had backed off on soloing this during the 2005 Sierra Challenge, and so this time I brought a rope and light rack as backup. It turns out that for me at this point the solo was all right, so all that gear did was handicap me! After the headwall the route gets boring (not bad, but just scenic cardio terrain, reminiscent of a more solid Laurel Mountain SE Face), until near the top where it turns into a cl. 3-4 knife edge before the summit. Both Sean and I took other ridge variations to the side lower down to make the route more interesting.
Overall, the route is a nice scramble, but the descent is annoying enough that more traditional trad'sters might not consider the climb worth it. I felt it was a nice way to spend a half day, though.