There was a little rotten snow in the East Gully and then it was dry rock until just above the Great Chimney where we hit our first patches. The Eastern Traverse was doable without crampons but more pleasant with them and then they were a distinct advantage on the last 50m to the plateau.
I scrambled, dozed, drank, sweated, took pics and scrambled some more and was on the summit (just the cairn still sticking out) to take pics of folks moving round the Great Tower and through the Gap.
So hot today it felt like summer but the snow cover is still very spring like… and there is more snow potentially forecast this weekend… madness.
Lots of ski tracks in evidence beneath some monster cornices and there were quite a few incidences of spontaneous ice fall round the N Face and even a small avalanche down Tower Gully. Lots of debris piles and evidence of bigger slides in Observatory Gully and Coire na Ciste too.
There was a very vocal male snow bunting in breeding plumage singing to everyone on the summit and the Great Tower Today. The RSPB have them down as year round residents of the Cainrgorms but winter only residents of Lochaber… guess that means its still winter!!
Coire na Ciste
Still snow on Ledge Route
Jamie on the Little Tower
The snow bunting serenading me on the cairn on the Great Tower
I love watching other people work...
Team Jamie just past the Gap, team Max dropping in
Jamie prepping the team for the last snowy bit
Jamie glad of his crampons and axe
Looking back at the Great Tower and the last bit up whilst on my way down
Top hill, top day. Tower Ridge rarely fails me!