Yeah, the sunset that evening was outrageous. There were some weird high altitude clouds that turned bright pink shortly after that, but I didn't get a photo.
I had the Kahtoola K10 crampons. They are overkill for your standard "go over a pass in the afternoon" kind of stuff, but for light duty mountaineering they are great. They take the sketchiness out of high-angle snow in trail runners. You can't really frontpoint with them, but that's more a limitation of light shoes than the crampons. Steel crampons are nice because you can walk over rocks without trashing them. When Chris S and I were going to do the Rae Lakes Loop in early May, I was planning on bringing them; that's a perfect application for these.