To my understanding the rocky outcrops which fall under the name of Tom's Tum is located at the start of Eagle's Ridge, Mt Barney.
There is information online about how to tackle these rocks but in my experience it is confusing rather than explanatory.
What I have come across when scrambling/climbing the TT group without a rope:
1. First knoll
2. First Tom (I assume it's the southern one). Please confirm if it's not.
3. Second Tom
4. Third Tom
5. Fourth Tom
1. Scrubby hike which starts from the Lower Portals next to the gate. Descent is done going West. One particular guide (Haliczer walks) states the following:"To descend off the knoll, backtrack a little and head east and down the granite into the saddle."
Would love to see the author doing that. What I saw on the East is a vertical drop off...unless he is an expert climber capable to downclimb unroped 15 grade routes with ease.
2. Scramble up the dark looking slab. No issues. About grade 4.
3. Here's is the interesting scramble which is way under graded. Easily a grade 14 climb if you take the left chimney-like feature of the rock. The other chimney is across the vertical slab that separates the two.
Please provide details if the left chimney is the right way to go. We tried the one located on the right side and it looked messy and not a reliable ascent without using climbing gear.
One of us managed to climb the chimney plus the slabby top part which is covered in lichen. He deemed it quite an sketchy and risky climb.
4. After this bump (still on the 2nd Tom) there is a small saddle and followed by the next bump, which I assume is where the forced abseil is located on the top.
5. We bypassed the last bump (4th Tom) by a short detour on the East side before dropping down to the Isolated Peak saddle.
Is it possible to scramble up the final bump too?
1. Could anyone provide exact information about how to hike the TT passed the first knoll without using a rope?
2. Any abseils will be bypassed by detouring the sticky bit(s).
I hope the information here provides ro be useful for future hiking parties.