You know, that's funny. I said at the meeting spot, "Anyone taking an ice axe?", "No.", "Anyone taking a harness?", "No.", Then Tim says, "Anyone taking a shovel?".
I ended up not taking ice axe or harness but we had two short, thin ropes. I took a shovel and beacon but when I turned on the beacon at the TH I only got one signal.
Actually, it looked a bit broken up in places and I agree with Lee, it's the one's you can't see that are the problem. But on skis you're at way less of a risk. I never felt we were in danger. That said, I'd didn't see any postholers making any bottomless holes either. It was a lot better than I thought. I kept thinking of that poor guy that just disappeared.
Go for it Simon. I know MarkT2008 wants to go. I've got a old rope and an old harness if you need it.