/ North-East Buttress - Mantrap/40ft Corner Variants
From what I can gather the Mantrap is easily avoidable on the right and the 40ft Corner can be avoided "on the left by a small gully". Just wondering how obvious/easier these diversions are, and if there are any conditions when they're not viable. Thanks!
What is certain ( having done NE ridge again a couple of years ago after R hand route) is that both these variations are inferior to the man trap 40 ft corner line although, in summer, the Man Trap is the most scratched and eroded bit of rock I've seen in the mountains - which is a bit of a shame
Thanks Andrew, hadn't heard about the left variation to the Mantrap before, good to know. I can imagine any variations are not as good/memorable(!) as taking the line direct. Cheers!
The Man trap can be avoided by traversing right and up. That takes you out over Tue Orion Face, which is easier but airy. I found the Man trap very hard and out of keeping with the rest of the route, so preferred that variant. 40 Foot Corner, however, was fun and the right level of difficulty.
Why do the variants though?
Because when the trap and its top are bare, it was beyond me!
I haven't done the route in winter, but in summer conditions I avoided the Mantrap via a slab to the right of the direct route.
Why avoid the best bit if the route?
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