Long time lurker, first time poster. My partner and I are heading out from Colorado to (hopefully) score a walk-up permit on Sunday the 23rd with the intent of climbing the MR on Monday the 24th. I've heard that chances of getting a single-day walk-up permit for a weekday are much better than a weekend one, but I'm open to any and all suggestions there. We also have Tuesday free too, so if we don't get a permit for Monday we'll try again for Tuesday I guess.
Anyway, I'll be keeping an eye out for trip reports for the next two weekends to get a better idea of what it's looking like up there. Sounds like we'll be bringing our 'pons and axes regardless, and we sure do enjoy a nice and steep snow climb FWIW.
Oh, and if anyone has any suggestions on a similar class 3/4 route on a different peak as a Plan B I'm all ears!
Cheers and thanks!