Tuesday, 14 June 2011

North face wings.

 Ross is an old friend of mine and we catch up every now and then, whilst we were trying to decide what to do he mentioned that he had never been up Tower ridge or the North face and with a forecast for clear Sky's it was decided.

We met in the Torlundy car park at 10.30am and headed on up to the CIC. (They have started building the new section of path this summer which will lead all the way to the CIC.) There were quite a few teams out already with people on Tower ridge, Ledge Route, Observatory ridge and a team that looked like they were heading round to do N.E. Buttress.

We decided to traverse into the ridge above Douglas gap and continued to solo up to the Great tower where we stuck on a rope to get onto the Tower and across the gap. We made good time and were topping out at 2.30pm.

A bit of traffic at the gap.

The views today were fantastic with clear site of the Cuillin, the Cairngorms, the Trossachs and the Lawers hills. We had planned to descend via Ledge route but we wanted to make the most of the weather and the visibility so we decided on the CMD arete to take us back to the car park. 6 1/2 Hours in all, so a good day for my fitness and Ross' first day on the North face.

Descending from the summit to the start of the CMD. Steall falls down in the glen.

Looking back from Cairn Mor Dearg.

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