I did it last year. A belay up high could be better but wtih a competent partner it should be fine. I thought it could use a bolted belay there but was vetoed by the local amigos I climbed it with. Keeping the flavor close to original was their intent.
I will look at those links. I think some of it might have to do with folks without enough experience not taking the Sandias serious enough. Those are some mighty big stones with some difficult terrain around them.
I think some people get sucked into this "just outside of town" thing, I don't know. They look a hell of a lot more serious than the gym to me, and I haven't even been on one of them yet.
The first and last pitches are loose (possible contributing factor to that triple death, although why the leader didn't just walk the rope around the giant tree on top is a mystery... fatigue no doubt). 60m rope is a must on that pitch, as I recall.
The fifth pitch that goes way left and eventually leads you back right over severely underprotected 5.8 to 5.9 ish face climbing will leave you with some fond memories.
An alternative is to do the underprotected 10b bolder problem right off the belay. It would be a hard fall but is over in 10 feet and then you are in a secure crack.
You should be able to feel the move before committing to it.
While you are on that wall, do Second Coming (4 pitches) if you still have time.