My biggest interest in ski mountaineering is the exploration, the ability to have so much to explore and almost constantly have new summits to stand on. I have tried Hermit mountain once and we were turned around due to exposure and conditions. Today we approached via the ridge and had a wild and fun bootpack/skin/rock climb to the summit. Mid way up I ran into a mountain goats tracks and used his footprints to boot pack up. He showed us the way and then let us billygoat our way to the summit. Super fun and right on the edge of comfort. So great to stand on this 10 000 footer.