Looking up toward Gardyloo Buttress

Looking up toward Gardyloo Buttress

Today I was out with Dave and Al, all keen to stretch the legs and have a look toward Indicator Wall. I had pictured a fair amount of ice forming up high but as it turns out there is very little on Indicator Wall but there is certainly some building on routes such as Smiths (thin and scary) and Good Friday Climb. Gardyloo and Tower Gully are looking good as are most of the big gullys on the mountain. Many parties opted for Tower Ridge which looked to be in fine condition from afar. An optimistic team made it 5 meters up Point Five Gully but soon retreated – looked like lots of rotten snow ice from a distance.

Indicator Wall and a team heading toward Good Friday Climb

Indicator Wall and a team heading toward Good Friday Climb

We decided to climb Tower Scoop (III) in two pitches – lean but with patches of good ice, the climbing was fun and protection adequate. A quick scoot over to Good Friday Climb (III) (which Al remarked was pretty bare compared to usual) provided another couple of nice pitches with some good rock gear but suspect screws. The mixed routes looked very wintry if a little verglassed but all in all everything looking enticing above 1000m.

Setting off on Tower Scoop

Setting off on Tower Scoop

Dave on the second Pitch

Dave on the second Pitch

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Al enjoying a patch of good ice

Al enjoying a patch of good ice

Climbers on Tower Ridge

Climbers on Tower Ridge

Al heading toward Good Friday Climb

Al heading toward Good Friday Climb

Enjoying the first pitch of GFC

Enjoying the first pitch of GFC

Heading to descend No.3 Gully

Heading to descend No.3 Gully