A superb write-up Rob. It deserves a bigger audience---at least post it in the TR section of Supertopo.
The last time I thought I might be an Alpinist was in the 70's. After escaping unscathed from a massive and deadly rockfall in the Alps, I decided I had used up all my nine lives in one sitting. Henceforth, I concluded, back-country rock-climbing, Wind River and Sierra style, was more suited to my temperament and tolerance for risk, and it proved to be not without adventure.