Buchanan Peak wasn't too bad so we headed up for Buchanan Ridge in good spirits under a beautiful, blue and surprisingly windless sky. The scramble up to Buchanan Ridge was actually some of the best scrambling of the day. We tried to stick as close to the ridge as possible, but ended up on climbers left going up some pretty steep terrain.
Everyone did the section no problem and I was especially impressed with Kelly who was only on his second major scramble of his life!
Eventually we made it up the steep section and after negotiating a steep rubble gully we were at the top and walking on flat terrain to the large cairn where we took the obligatory summit photos and began to scout our route up Mount Carthew.
[The route up to Buchanan Ridge as seen from Buchanan Peak. We basically stuck to the ridge as much as we could but ended up going to the left and then up an obvious gully to break through the upper cliff bands. I would rate the route we took as upper moderate.]
[Eric and James coming up to Buchanan Ridge with Buchanan Peak in the background.]
[Eric traverses over to the summit of Buchanan Ridge.]
[Summit photo on Buchanan Ridge.]