Tim Neil called as psyched as ever my plan of only doing short routes went up in flames and before I knew it we were at the base of the Dru
Tim looking keen at the start of the hard climbing
Seconding some steep climbing Tim suspiciously rang out of gear here. ©Tim Neill
Conveniently he stopped just below one of the crux’s whitch pulls through the roof pictured here, in fairness leading it I was glad of all the cams, but the climbing turned out to be exceptionally positive. ©Tim Neill
Tim seconding through the roof, he got hot aches shortly after very painful for him but very amusing for me.
Tim on the Snow ramps about two thirds up the face.
Enjoying some afternoon sunshine and some easier climbing. ©Tim Neill
Tim climbing as the sunsets, beginning too show the side effects of not being acclimatized.
We stopped for the night behind a big flake in a cave style thing, It was a long night as we had no mats and one sleeping bag for the two of us. ©Tim Neill
Sunrise after a long night in a small sleeping bag. ©Tim Neill
On the second day the climbing didn't let up for 4 or 5 pitches this one involved some French freeing and then a wild pull round an aerate onto a slab. ©Tim Neill
Tim having just pulled round the arete with the drop into the north couloir behind
After Tim threw out some alpine skills of lassoing a spike to do a bold move on the next pitch, we made it into the north coulior and finished up this to the top of the Grand Dru.
Descending in scotish conditions, after a longer walk back to the GM station that involved some very Scottish micro navigation we found a warm empty room with some beds and had a good sleep.
Something I never thought I would see, a tired Big Tim!