…….I had felt there was an option that needed exploring, from my first visit there. Once having climbed high enough above the slippery rocky slopes of the main valley, the ridge offered an excellent high level walk back to the shoulder above the camp, where I knew there was a safe descent, and I set about checking this route out, with a few intrepid walkers.
All went well, although there was a lot of re-routing to skirt still fairly extensive and deep snowfields, we kept to our direction and discovered yet another valley parallel to the main one, leading down into the flats of the hanging valley and back to camp. The shorter way down the shoulder took a bit of finding . . . .