Yes, I agree. Going up the west ridge was great fun, descending the normal route was more like hard work. Of course we were getting a bit tired by then. But regardless of the route quality, the views were still wonderful.
However, my most vivid memories of the route are not the loose stuff: it's having to traverse those very steep snow fields covering the path! In conditions like that, the west ridge is safer, even for regular hikers.
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