I did U-Notch, this is V-Notch - I don't think the photo gives you a good idea how huge the srund is - it is really big. There may an easier way on one of the sides, I did not get close enough to investigate, but it was not obvious. When are you planning to go? We were thinking mid-late October?
Looking at the weekend after this one for the V-Notch. I think that this is the best time for alpine ice in the Sierra- too much longer & you might be risking getting stuck in a storm like last year's. Also the colder it gets (i.e. later in the season) the worse the ice conditions are going to be (i.e. dinner plating). Good luck when you go! See you at the presentation tomorrow!