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Buachaille Etive Mor, by Curved Ridge.

Buachaille Etive Mor, by Curved Ridge.


Postby David Lyall » Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:06 pm

Munros included on this walk: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor), Stob na Broige (Buachaille Etive Mor)

Date walked: 05/06/2011

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1110m

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Andy a friend from work had asked if he could join me on a walk the next time I was going, knowing Andy was inexperienced on the hills, I decided that Buachaille Etive Mor reached by way of Curved Ridge would be a grand day. :D

So myself Andy and Gary a fellow walker set of from Lagangarbh at about 9.30am. The weather was dry but cloud covered all the higher tops in the area.
We followed the well trodden path passed the SMC cottage and took the path to the left when it split and made our way round the front of the Buachaille towards Glen Etive. We carried on passed a couple of water falls until we came to a
water slab shortly after the path zig zags up the hill in different directions but mostly ending up in the same place.
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Andy at Curved Ridge

We were reassured that we were at the start of Curved Ridge by a couple of real climbers who had been climbing on the Rannoch wall and abseiled down the ridge.
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A good view up Curved Ridge, just follow the leader.

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Andy hugs the rock

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Me on a tower with Rannoch moor behind

At this point Andy was a bit concerned by the wall of rock that went on and on and disappeared in the clouds, but he carried on and took it one stage at a time. We were glad to see other walkers climbing up the same ridge complete with a dog in the rucksack of one of the walkers.
After stopping for a few photo opportunities we made it to the top of Stob Dearg. We had a well deserved break
We then headed along the ridge destination Stob na Brioge. The cloud had lifted completely and the path and route ahead were easy to follow. We got to the top of Stob na Doire,
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Me, Andy and Gary at our first top Stob Dearg 1022m

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Andy and gary at the top of Stob na Doire, with Stob Dearg behind

then it was a long drop down to the bealach, Andy Decided that he would take the path back to the car at this point and Gary and I headed for the last top. We made to the top of Stob na Brioge and enjoyed the views down to Loch Etive as well as the views back along the Buachaille.
After that we headed back to the bealach and followed the long steep tricky in places path to the Lairig Gartain a supper path that led us back to the A82.
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Gary and Andy at the side of the A82 with Buachaille Etive Mor looking unassailable behind.

All in All it had been a great day topped of with a quick refreshment in the Kinghouse before heading back to Dumbarton.
Thanks to Andy and Gary.
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, by Curved Ridge.

Postby davetherave » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:17 am

Well done Dave, but what about Andy !
And that 1st photo with Andy with his thumb up,is he happy or is he thinking something very different. :?

David Lyall wrote:Andy a friend from work had asked if he could join me on a walk the next time I was going, knowing Andy was inexperienced on the hills, I decided that Buachaille Etive Mor reached by way of Curved Ridge would be a grand day.


You wicked wicked man. :lol:

Always love reading reports on The Curved ridge.. Must pluck up the courage some day.
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, by Curved Ridge.

Postby skuk007 » Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:52 pm

Great photos Dave, must agree with davetherave Andy doesn't really look too sure in that first one. Fair play to him for compleating it via this route. :clap:
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, by Curved Ridge.

Postby Jock McJock » Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:32 am

Love reading Curved Ridge reports. Def one that I'd lke to do one day. Loved the pics too. Well done to your mate for going for it. Was there a point when he said to you WTF!! :lol:
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, by Curved Ridge.

Postby David Lyall » Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:22 am

Ye it would be true to say that Andy was less than happy a couple of times when he looked at the next section we had to climb, but he kept going and has a day to remember. Thanks for all the coment.
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, by Curved Ridge.

Postby Caledonia84 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:25 pm

Really nice report, I really like the expression on your friends face in the first picture, I bet he said something along the lines of

"up there!?, are you having a f*%@ing laugh?" :shock:
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, by Curved Ridge.

Postby rocket-ron » Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:37 pm

looks a great day out well done
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, by Curved Ridge.

Postby nathan79 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:31 pm

I was just reading about Curved Ridge in teh lastest Trail magazine the other day. Looks far more suited to me then the Aonach Eagach. Hoping to do BEM this weekend by the more conventional route, but curved ridge is one for the future i hope.

And the big question is David, will Andy be joining you again, or have you put him off for life?! :D
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, by Curved Ridge.

Postby andybygsi » Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:14 pm

nathan79 wrote:I was just reading about Curved Ridge in teh lastest Trail magazine the other day. Looks far more suited to me then the Aonach Eagach. Hoping to do BEM this weekend by the more conventional route, but curved ridge is one for the future i hope.

And the big question is David, will Andy be joining you again, or have you put him off for life?! :D



ill be back dont worry, feel a bit betrayed with this one though.

want to go a WALK andy?, yes davie thatd be cool

you ok with some rock scrambling?, erm yea i suppose so

at no point was i expecting this, loved it though, even though i look petrified
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