Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Solitude on Tower Ridge

Today was forecast to be pretty good again so with a day off, Andy and I headed up the Ben for a day on Tower Ridge. The last time I did this route in Winter turned into a bit of an epic so we were keen to avoid any night time crossings of Tower Gap and moved fairly fast. Despite a lot of cars at both car parks, we were surprised to get the route to ourselves for the whole day!

The cloud came and went just as we finished the Eastern Traverse and we were treated to some spectacular views.

The ridge was in great condition with lots of firm snow for feet and axes, and I even managed to place an ice screw as a runner.

 After a wee stop on the plateau, we nipped down Ledge route which was in great snowy condition.

An alpine Ledge Route

Lots of routes getting climbed today as you might expect including Harrison's climb, Smith's route, Castle Ridge, Indicator Wall, Hadrians Wall, and  Point Five.

Queues on Hadrian's Wall