My wife and I did the Southwest couloir route on 8/22/09. At that time there were four different sections in the couloir that had ice/snow and needed ice axes and crampons to safely climb through them. A good rock climber could have bypassed these sections by climbing class 5 rock. These sections may have melted out some by now. Several people were turned away disappointed becauses they did not bring the nesessary equipment. The afternoon heat brought down some scary rockfall as we descended so try to get an early start. This route was an incredible adventure with fantastic scenery but it was not a cakewalk. Enjoy and good luck.