Climbed in the 1990's via the route in Steve Allen's book (which is similar to the route described here). No ropes were used on the descent or ascent, though we did take one for a handline/packs in case we needed it.
"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