Thanks for all the advice. The climb went off as planned. We left the trailhead at 4AM and arrived just below Chicken Out Ridge at first light. Being the first ones up has some advantages. Though the route through the notch was not obvious at first, we found it without difficulty, around the corner, up on the ridge and out to the down climb. I thought the exposure on the ridge was pretty epic. The down climb was supposed to be "tricky" or "awkward" but I just went down a slot on the left hand side as you are ascending and it was very straightforward. There is very little snow on the snow bridge. About 8 steps and you are across. Even though the advice was to leave all technical equipment in the car, I brought my mini-spikes along. They made a very nice dead weight in my pack and did not see the light of day. We could smell the smoke from the fires and in several directions the view was hazy. 4:45 to the top, not super fast but perfect for the two of us.
This weekend there are supposed to be a hoard of people trying to get to the summit. One group has (reportedly) 50 club members. I cannot imagine getting 50 people across Chicken Out and back expeditiously.
Anyway, thanks for the advice.