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British-Irish Ruth Gorge 2007

This pair originally had designs on the east face of Mt Wake (2,755m) and possibly the London/Werewolf Towers (c2,250m). However, on arrival in the area, they found that their approach to Wake was barred by an open bergschrund, so were forced to seek an alternative objective on the east side of the gorge. They selected a stunning line up the couloir between the Werewolf (c2,l30m) and Hut Tower (cI,970m), amazed that it had not been climbed already. Heavy snow falls every day set the scene for some of the most unpleasant conditions that either climber had experienced, with much of the route being up a precarious unconsolidated curtain ofsnow. Making the most of a brief weather window, after 24 hours on the go they were very relieved to arrive back at base camp safely having made a successful ascent of Hut Tower eau/air (Scottish grade VII, ED, AI).

March - April 2007
Oliver Metherell & James Mehigan

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