Cloud was forming as the wind pushed over the rise at the top of the glacier and from experiences over the last few days this made me a little apprehensive. I couldn't stop watching it swirling up over the edge and constantly monitored the progress as we stepped our way up.
Even with the cloud in sight, the walk up the glacier was actually quite nice. The weather was favourable and we made fairly good time despite our tiredness. We had great views the entire way up and we were soon passing Mt French. Here we were once again approaching the illusive Quarterdeck.
The cloud I had been watching totally cleared and I could't wait to climb the last rise to see what awaited us. I wish I could have climbed faster but my legs were too tired. That didn't dampen my enthusiasm though and after completing the final climb of the trip we arrived on the ridge!
In the light of day I could see the cliff edge that Ion and Conor had traversed on that bad weather day while they looked for a way down. To our right, the corniced edge where we had first arrived. But here, this was our way out. It was also the place we had stood a few days before discussing our options.
This was a major turning point and, looking down the other side I was very excited. I was really looking forward to the trip down to French Ridge Hut. We were now leaving the Bonar Glacier, the place where we had experienced such amazing moments. The high highs and low lows. Time to celebrate and reflect with a dry cheese and salami wrap ;)