I looked at the Minarets for years before actually getting the nerve to so up it. Finally headed up the Rock Route a couple years ago... It's a great route, and not nearly as impossibly steep as it looks from below.
You must have taken this on your Sierra Challenge trip. I see you couldn't make it two years in a row!
After we climbed SE Face we took the Rock Route on the descent. It was a good challenge to come down that after a long climb! Party that finished a few hours after us, ended up bivying on the summit.
I did not attempt to do Sierra Challenge 2 years in a row. My vacation in 2011 was spent in Alaska/Washington. :)
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe