/ Tower Ridge detailed topo
Hhmmm that could be quite a few routes then as I guess that would include the Douglas Boulder and both the East and West flanks of the ridge itself depending upon where you wanted to get onto it.
No one does the boulder in winter. You just go up the east or the west gully. That's it :)
I think Milesy meant that it is extremely rare for anyone to link a Douglas Boulder route onto Tower Ridge, which could make for an epic long day.
But you're right to say that the Boulder has become a very popular low-level option, with SE Ridge, Jacknife, Cutlass and Gutless all getting multiple ascents. In fact I believe the first-mentioned got done on Sunday.
> I think Milesy meant that it is extremely rare for anyone to link a Douglas Boulder route onto Tower Ridge, which could make for an epic long day.
A few years ago late season (early May) we did a route over the boulder (which was not icy) in big boots at about VDiff. After abseiling into the foot of the ridge proper, we donned spikes and did the ridge which was in good winter nick and we had it to ourselves– very alpine.
We would have ticked the whole thing but we caught up with the crowds at Tower Gap -there were about 5 parties queuing to get across. We lost patience and abbed off. It was a shame not to do the whole caboodle as there was plenty of daylight left. Great day though
...pushed the lot of them over the edge in a great shower of cagoules and crampons.
sorry. I couldn't stop myself.
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