The problem with ascending the route is actually reaching the cables. Check out the last photo above that I posted. You can see where the climber is circled, that was the last place that we were able to reach the cables on the way down
. Just getting to that point involved a lot of heaving the cables out from the snow. On the way up, you won't know exactly where to find them, so you are likely to have to climb significantly higher to reach them. Obviously conditions can be different, but we found little ice, but maybe a foot and a half of snow where we attached the rope to the cable for the rappel, and deeper snow the lower one goes. In other words, I doubt your ice tool will offer anything beyond an ordinary axe. It's definitely intimidating. Here's another photo with even more snow, which is more like what you would find this coming weekend:
As you can see, the cable are hard to spot. Here's a closeup photo
showing the little bit of cable you can see.