Especially on the Rock Route of Clyde Minaret. Considering the high snow year, I could see it as possible that there is still some snow on this route.
I'm wondering how much snow I'd still need to travel on there and whether it is worth hauling up the crampons vs. suffering with chopping some steps or doing a rappel or two in the worst case scenario for descending the route.
You will have to cross two steep snowfields to get to the Rock route where you might want crampons. One is above Iceberg Lake and the other one is in the picture from SJD. If you go early, the one above Iceberg will be pretty solid (still can be crossed without crampons but it will be slow). The one on the minaret will already catch the sun and you could just kick in steps. In my experience last weekend on Abbot (no crampons), the abundant snow cups actually helped on steep slopes this year. You will need an axe in any case.
Looking down on Iceberg & Cecile Lakes from Banner's East Corner on Friday -
Most of the snow we encountered last week was runnelled and suncupped, but some of the north-facing slopes were smooth and rock hard in the morning. I remember heading up that way in early September 2009 and there was way less snow.. particularly getting up to Cecile from Iceberg.
The mosquitoes were still going strong and carrying off small children