Yeah, conditions were good. Still cool enough stuff isn't falling on climbers after sunrise. Traversed under the bergschrund and went up Pearly Gates, then descended Old Chute. Old Chute not as steep as last year. Mid July is late.
Went last year on 7/7 and it was very comfortable, but the sun came up and and started melting chunks of ice. I took one the size of a softball to the back of my helmet, which sent me sliding down the glacier. Got up and got hit in the face with a piece the size of a hockey puck that fractured my nose. June and cooler weather is better!