You know, I had been eyeing those Yaktrax XTRs with interest for a while now, but I have heard a lot of stories about them not holding up worth a....edit: We can't use the word *ahem* dee-ay-emm-enn? Really? Really?! Sigh. Anyway.... Unfortunately the only other traction device I own at the moment is an inherited pair of giant, beastly old Black Diamond crampons, but they might be just a little overkill, don't you think? Maybe I just need to bite the bullet and buy a pair of Microspikes. One of my buddies has a pair of Stabilicers, but they seem prone to getting crap stuck between the sole of one's shoes, and the "footbed" of the device.
Anyway, about the ice axe: really? This late in the year? You don't think set of solid poles + traction devices will be sufficient? The pictures in the thread mentioned by Mary didn't look too bad, and I *will* be there two weeks after those shots were taken...
I'm not suggesting you're offering me bad advice, mind you; I'm just a little surprised. But then again, I've never been up there before, so what the hell do I know? :D