nimrodbregman wrote:1) do I need crampons/ice axe for crossing Col de Literole this time of the year (especially this year after such a snowy winter)?
Sure ! But take light crampons anyway (alu), because you won't use them most of the rest of the way.
nimrodbregman wrote:2) Are the huts crowded? Do I need to make reservations if I intend to use them?
It depends which ones ! Any names ? As for me I prefer to never book the huts; huts are not hotels and one should be able to accomodate whenever he needs. Planning dates too early is "dangerous" because we can't predict the weather, and forcing itself to reach a place against good sense is often the cause of accidents