Monday, 10 December 2012

Curved Ridge, Nov'12

During November, Jim took two people up Etive Mor's 'Curved Ridge'. Here's his write-up on the day, enjoy....

I met Richard and Marie Anne at the lay-by at Altnafeadh, and after a wee chat about the route, and a check that we all had suitable kit; headed off past Lagangarbh bothy up past the water slide up to what I consider to be one of the finest ways to reach the summit of Buachaille Etive Mor. (The munro is Stob Dearg, 1022m). The walk in only took an hour and a quarter, then we kitted up with helmets and harnesses on safe ground before Curved Ridge got steeper, and a lot more exposed. The grade II scramble follows the ridge with Crowberry Gully to our right, and over looked by Rannoch Wall, with views behind us out over Rannoch moor, the King’s House hotel down in the glen, as far as Schiehallion.

Conditions were wintry, with spells of bright sunshine and snow squalls. Marie Anne and Richard were both quite experienced mountaineers, and confident scramblers, so we moved together up steep ground with a lot of exposure below our feet! Then Jim got the rope out for safety on the crux of the route which is where we climbed round the ridge high above Crowberry Gully, followed by a rather slippery (well it was on Saturday !) corner. Afterwards it was easier scrambling right up to the summit of Stob Dearg. We had a brew in the summit cairn with strong winds and horizontal snow showers, but as we had got up in good time, we continued walking out to Stob na Doire (1011m), and returned down the descent route gully to our cars before it got dark.

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