Rich, Paul, Sam, and I traversed Matthes Crest on 30 Sept 2006. The Matthes Crest traverse is one of the best alpine climbs I've done so far. The climbing is easy but very enjoyable and the approach, although relatively long, is very scenic. I roped up with Rich Cannings while Paul climbed with Sam. Rich and I roped up for the initial two pitches up the crest and then for a short class 5 section in the middle; we took about 2.5 hrs to traverse to the South Summit with numerous breaks to admire the scenery. On the way out, I saw my best Sierra sunset so far, but I had unfortunately left my tripod in the car to save weight.