Selters' guide notes that some have said this route compares to classic ridges of the Alps. I agree, but ONLY if you climb most of the gendarmes directly (skipping a few of the lower ones that are VERY difficult except from the West, e.g., if descending the ridge). If you're just sticking to the snow below the ridgeline, you've chopped out most of the technical challenge.
To continue the fun after finishing the ridge, traverse around onto the steep upper firn of the Whitney Gl., on the N side of Misery Hill, in order to get to the summit plateau.
An alternative route is to use Avalanche Gulch then traverse over to Casaval Ridge between the rock towers. (especially when the lower section has melted out, but the uppper section is still in good condition)
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."