Back to Tower Ridge today with long time client Alan. It was cloudier but not too cold. We didn't need crampons for the reduced snow patch in the gully between the Douglas Boulder and the start of the Ridge- an axe was handy though. From there the route was in dry summer condition with the odd inconsequential snow patch until we squeezed through the jammed block cave after the Eastern Traverse. 2 days have reduced the final ice patch a little and this time cutting 2 steps allowed me to reach rock and carry on without crampons.
The snow patch in the initial gully
Topping out from the first chimney
Still snowy in Coire na Ciste
Lots of rock and ice fall today on both sides of us