I felt that the rock was typical for the desert. We avoided the crack and went straight up the face. It wasn't protectable but the climbing was very easy. If you go this way, be very careful as the climbing is super dilicate. The crux for me was pulling up to the ledge on top of P1. The rest of the route wasn't so bad. We did not free the entire bolt ladder. The buldging face felt much harder than 5.10 so we pulled gear for a few moves. Great summit.
The hike is lovely and the view spectacular. The rock disintigrates in your hands however. Be careful if you climb this, the rock isn't very solid on the first half of the first pitch. But the 5.9 crack takes great nuts.