My phone was turned off so I missed a message from Mike (who'd obviously seen my tweet about heading for TR) warning me of a team who had spent the night higher on the ridge (brrrr!). Lochaber MRT were on the case and after an icey ascent (take a couple of short screws) punctuated with some deep drifts (easy climbing, hard for gear) I popped over the Great Tower in time to see Kenny retreating from the far side of the Gap as LMRT cleared the Ridge after the rescue.
Initial snow arete
Break in the weather
At the GapThis meant the last bit of the Ridge was well trenched and we were on top by 2.15 to nav down the Red Burn. 3 days on the Ben on the trot. Jakub's legs have earned a rest at home!
The team who let us climb through past them on Green Gully yesterday dropped and axe on the final pitch. If you find a tool in the top of Green Gully then the owner can be contacted here: http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?n=542516