No, I used the Granite Park cutoff I described since I was meeting my wife there. From Fred's description, the West Face sounds kind of like a mess to follow down because of numerous pointless and misleading cairns. I hope you get to the NW ridge. It's a very scenic route, and the notch next to Gem Glacier is an awesome spot.
"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