Very fun route for me. Due to big Apr. snowfall, all the usual volcanic crud was still covered, leaving only the pinnacles exposed (quite decent rock for high alititude, and rather exceptional for a volcano). Guidebook notes that climbers have said this compares to classic European Alps ridge routes. I concur but ONLY if you stay atop the ridge and climb as many of the pinnacles as possible. Just traversing along the bases of the pinnacles is too easy. Also, where the ridge tops out, instead of going east to join the masses going up Misery Hill to the summit plateau, consider going NE and traversing the steep upper snow/ice fields of the Whitney Gl. to reach the plateau.