It was nice to be back on Ben Nevis today. Mike and I headed straight for one of the longest climbs in the UK, Tower Ridge, and had a great day!
We made our way, carefully as ever, up the East Gully of the Douglas Boulder, before gaining the crest of Tower Ridge. The rock was a bit damp in places, but overall, conditions were pretty good. As we made our ascent, the clouds swirled around us and gave us glimpses up to the plateau and of the surrounding cliffs and two remaining snow patches, one beneath Point 5 Gully, and the other alongside Tower Scoop.
Mike made short work of Tower Ridge, and we soon found ourselves in the crux section, between the Eastern Traverse and the far side of Tower Gap. The exposure here is quite sensational, and is a good reminder not to switch off just yet!
Soon after, we were making our way round to the summit, which was quite busy, and completely in the cloud.
If you fancy tackling Tower Ridge this autumn, then please get in touch.