on my list for years now. perhaps this year I will get this route done. Did you descend via the West Face?
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.
I would like to hit it this summer. we will see how that works out. lots of plans.