The thaw from last week hasn't left us with many route options, so for Neil and James' second day, we decided to go for Tower Ridge, a route that can be climbed in almost any condition and is always good fun. As we walked in this morning, there was a slight dusting of fresh snow down to about 1000m and as the day progressed, things became whiter and whiter.
Whereas last week, we didn't put crampons on until the start of the Eastern Traverse, today, we donned them from the start. We made steady progress up the ridge and soon found ourselves on the summit plateau, from where we descended the Red Burn. Amazingly, it's possible to pretty much stay on good snow all the way to where the burn crosses the main mountain path.
The week ahead is looking quite wintry, with quite a bit of snow due over the next few days.
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