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The Brass Monkey, Tim at the belay of the short 3rd pitch (crux). Two further pitches lead to the crest of Tower Ridge.
© petesdavies, Dec 2008
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we tried this last season but failed on the overhang to the left.
is this the first ascent and whats it go at?
frost - 11/Dec/08
Fairly sure it's the first winter ascent. We thought VII,8. The climbing is amazing, comparable to things like Neanderthal and Central Grooves. 5 pitches in total. We followed the summer line throughout and climbed the lower slabs direct, which proabably bank out later in the season. I dropped a Petzyl Myo headtorch off it, so if anyone finds it in Observatory gully I'd be grateful if they could get in touch.
petesdavies - 11/Dec/08
I think Mark Garthwaite did this several years ago?
Stuart the postie - 12/Dec/08
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No, he tried it a few times several years ago. Very well done Pete and Tim. Are you sure about the grade though?! Think Garth would have got up it easily if it was indeed a VII,8.
Dave McG - 13/Dec/08