Etsuko and I took two of our friends to the top. Practically, this was their first outdoor climb. Perfect weather, lots of leading and early season trail conditions made for an excellent adventure. There were a total of six parties on the route that day.
I and a buddy took too much gear. You need 6 quick draws, webbing for the belay stations, 3 lockers, 3 runners, a set of small nuts, a .75, #1 and # 2 Camalot, a brain bucket, rope and shoes. A water filter is nice for the hike out if you are going to from the valley and back in a day. Stash it off the main trail somewhere. The cables decent is the scarist part: one of the fat tourists fall and take you out.
Two climbs of this great route. One in 2004, one in 2005. One as a day trip, one as an overnight trip. Highly recommend either method.