Rolf and I just got back from a 2 day effort in the N. Cascades that culminated with a very difficult Ice route up the East Face of Pyramid Peak. 8 pitches were done to the summit up the very steep wall. 5 of them were serious, with steep alpine ice of varying quality. My camera was not charged prior to the trip so no pictures on route but here is the trip report from the trip. My input is a ways down the thread.