When packing for alpine climbing/camping, the problem is, when you have a specific route you want to climb, there is specific climbing gear you need to bring along. Choosing how many and what size cams, nuts, runners, lockers and prussic cord for anchors. There is a line between safety and weight that you must choose your acceptable level of risk vs fun. On top of specific gear for the route, you still need to bring the basics: rope, harness, climbing shoes, belay device, carabiners, helmet, headlamp. If thats not enough to think about, what about the weather? What layers to bring? It is hot in the valley but at 11,000 feet it can snow any time of the year. And once you have all of this planned out, now you have to bring camping gear, food, and water.
We plan the mission around the snow and heat. There is a window of opportunity when there is enough snow melted at the upper elevations that hiking is easy but not all the snow is melted, as we rely on the runoff for drinking water. The challenge with the timing is that now it is usually 90-100 degrees in the valley and starting the hike in the desert section during the day can take a toll on your body.