|Climber||Date||Style||Notes & Partners|
|Will Homoky||04/Jul/09||AltLd β||
A Wonderfully sustained, varied, long and committing route. Left camp by hut at 1:30am. Some careful route finding through glacier and some delicate snow bridges approaching the Rochers du Reposoir Crossed the Whymper couloir without difficulty. Watched Serac fall from the Great Serac obliterate the route towards Point Walker. Climbed snow and thin couloir to join Whymper ridge and summit at Point Whyper (8am). Back to camp by 4pm. (13hrs).
Attempted and got almost as far as Walker Ridge after crossing the couloir. Retreated due to strengthening winds and fear of worse to come. Also, earlier in the day Gerry had become disoriented and ill but recovered enough to offer to make his own way down. We felt an increasing burden of responsibity to see to it that he had made it. A big scary mountain. A big scary day.
Gerry Purkis, Bob Howard