In reply to monkeys: Just down off there after climbing umbrella gully (which is in good condition.) Ridge is snowy, some crusty bits, some wind-packed. Shady rocks rimed. Moderate cold easterly still blowing up there so bring plenty of layers but great weather, should be a very nice day out.
In reply to doz: I don't spose you know if the gullies or faces were icy? I'm optimistically thinking that as they face east they might have been blasted by the wind, whereas doing the traverse you are effectively on the lee slope where it would accumulate more powder...?
In reply to Daniel Caola:
Ascended via Chockstone gully. Combinations of solid and unconsolidated snow there. Summit - lots of powder, rime which falls apart when touched, no frozen turf. A good day out, quite cold on top, and my crampons have never seen so much bare rock. Got a suntan