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.
"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