Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These Conditions Reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Very nice, dry Spring conditions on Tower Ridge today for Neil, Dan and me. It was just a little colder and there was a slight dusting of snow on the tops last night. The snow was still a bit soft though up to 1300m. Dan, Neil and I had a great day on Ledge Route in January with snow down to low levels. Today it felt very different but just as much fun.

Rain at the weekend melted a good bit more ice and made a few big sections of cornice fall off. Orion Direct and Hadrian's Wall are no longer complete. In fact the only complete big classics are Point Five Gully, Indicator Wall and Smith's Route. Each of these has a big cornice at the top though which means you really don't want to climb them even if there is a cold snap. There were people out climbing Central Gully Right Hand and Glover's Chimney which both looked good.

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