Walter Runkle reported this on another forum:
All the pictures are here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/walterrnk/sets/72157623850830255/
He day hiked from Whitney Portal almost to Trail Crest and back. Looks like it took him about 8 hours going up, and only 2.5 going down. I think he was able to glissade several slopes.
Looking up at the cables from Trail Camp
Looking down on Trail Camp from near Trail Crest