John--I have to admit that I had a few tense moments. Buckskin was the most intimidating pass of the trip, so I can relate. Congrats on going back and gettin r done.
I'd really like to go back in the Fall with the colors going off and the elk bugling. Part of the reason I wanted to go when I did, though, was to experience it in solitude (which I understand is pretty rare when conditions are better). I got plenty of that and it felt like a much longer trip (in a very good way).