I was just up there on Thursday. The pearly gates were a bit icy but there are well established steps so you’ll just need to be careful, especially on the way down. You’ll want to cross the schrund on the hogsback on the left; you should be able to see the bridge with no problem. I don’t rope up when I do the s. side, but if you think that you’d be more comfortable roped then definitely do it. Just make sure that you start early and wear your helmets and you’ll be fine. You just don’t want to be up there once the sun hits the face.