Water: You're right I do not have any experience with this mountain because I just moved to oregon about a month ago. So at the very least you're going to want a few feet of snow up there? I have crampons and an ice axe, but do I really need snow shoes? I have been looking for some type of climbing class that I'd be able to attend, but haven't found one yet. I'm just trying to get as much information as I can.
Christophbenells: Thanks for all that. Maybe I'll have to do that partial climb to check things out.
What about the bergschrund? Will I know once I'm near it?