Thanks for posting this route. It looks like a lot of fun - too bad I missed it! Looks like you got in a great weekend at Smith ... -Jim
This is definitely a fun one and don't let the rating "fool you". Haydar will confirm that most of the climbing is much easier than the 5.8 rating would suggest (even that first 5.8 pitch is probably over-rated and it's very well bolted). Much of the climbing would probably be classified as "low 5th class scrambling". Also the "X" rating on the route looks scary.....it's not - the runouts are on 4th class - low 5th class terrain (5.0 - 5.3??). The scariest part was the "exploration" - route finding around the Tail's summit block (very loose and I was going the wrong way). Some of the photos also make the route look steeper than it was ;).
Heard you had some pretty interesting backpacking plans for that weekend yourself? Feel free to just email me at my work address.