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Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an Awesome day

Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an Awesome day


Postby mountainstar » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:14 pm

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

Date walked: 03/02/2012

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 5.68 km

Ascent: 750m

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Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge.
Friday 3rd Feb 2012

Length: 3.53 miles 5.68 km
Ascent: +750m



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Scotland again :D ! After a night in my mate Keith’s house in Stirling en route from Wales, we set of the next morning at 7.45am, arriving in a glorious sunny Glencoe at 9.15am. A quick decision was made as we neared the Buachaille not to take the rope as there did not seem to be an awful lot of snow on the East face to warrant carrying the extra weight.
The walk in was gradual and easy apart from frozen water on the path to dodge here and there.
This was the second attempt we had done on Curved ridge within 6 weeks, our previous fail on 29th Dec saw us retreat a good way up when we hit a maelstrom of wind and snow, today could not have been more different.
Once we had skirted the mountain to its East face, we started to climb steeply, crossing frozen waterfalls and climbing snow slopes amongst the rocky sections.
The lower part of the ridge proper I found the most difficult, as a fresh covering of snow covered the rock, not good for ice axes and hard to find any good rock cracks for the axes to cling to underneath, that was the only place I felt I could have done with a rope for security.
Further up again is a tricky chimney, this was supposed to be the crux of the scramble, but I found this easier.
The views as we climbed were fabulous…looking across Rannock Moor to distant snow capped mountains, and the amazing rock architecture of the Buachaille’s East face that filled our view as we paused to take it all in.
And we nearly had this all to ourselves, only 2 other’s were on the face today, we chatted to them here and there as we passed each other en route.
The last section has 2 options, either scramble around Crowberry tower and up from there, or climb exit gully, we chose the later as the snow was good and firm, this I really enjoyed, leading the now group of 4.
At 1.15pm we reached the summit and was met with amazing views previously obscured as we climbed, it was a privilege to be apart of this mountain experience, and only a few others were about to witness it…simply awesome! :D
Reluctantly we walked down the broad ridge and dropped out of the sunshine into the cold Coire na Tulaich, and down the steep snow slopes above the rock and stream gully below.
The last third of the walk out was by the usual path, getting us back to the car-park by 3.15pm. All in good time to pitch our tents in the Red Squirrel, and head for the Clachaig for good beer, music and company….a great end to a great day.

(Thanks to Keith Harper for some of his pictures)

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Under the waterslab

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Water slab by Keith Harper

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Under the waterslab

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Icy Waterfalls

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Easy stuff (by Keith Harper)

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Crampons on! (by Keith Harper)

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Nice Ice

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Gaining height

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Snow gully

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Don't slip now! (by Keith Harper)

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High above Rannoch Moor

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Taking a break (by Keith Harper)

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Nice easy ridge

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A tricky Chimney behind (by Keith Harper

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Climbing the Chimney (by Keith Harper)

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Climbing the Chimney (by Keith Harper)

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Climbing the Chimney (by Keith Harper)

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Getting a bit rocky

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Summit still a long way off

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Exit Gully ahead

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Exit Gully ahead

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Exit Gully

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Exit Gully

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Exit Gully

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At the top of Exit Gully

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Summit view to The Ben

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What a view!

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Summit view west

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View South West

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Bidean Nan Bian

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Leaving the Summit

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Leaving the Summit

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Along the ridge

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Dropping down Coire na Tulaich

And the video of the climb here:-
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUYwh9m-0hU[/youtube]
Last edited by mountainstar on Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:51 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an awesume day

Postby mrssanta » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:19 pm

That is absolutely stunning :D wow, wow, wow!!
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an awesume day

Postby gammy leg walker » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:24 pm

As the title says"awesome",stunning mountainstar,just stunning!
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an awesume day

Postby Alastair S » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:34 pm

Wow - don't think I would ever be up to something like that. Wonderful set of photos of a great day.
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an awesume day

Postby clivegrif » Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:44 pm

By Jove - that looks good!

That one is still on my 'To Do' list, and now I know what I can look forward to.

Nice one :D
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an awesume day

Postby quoman » Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:52 pm

Absolutely fantastic mountainstar
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an awesume day

Postby ChrisW » Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:00 pm

What a fantastic day, not only did you have the weather conditions but you made a great choice of hill, so many beautiful photos in that lot and that's just a fraction of what you actually saw on the day, it must have been spectacular :D
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an awesume day

Postby jimandandrea » Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:51 pm

Sublime and inspiring.
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an awesume day

Postby coldwetandhungry » Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:59 pm

all i have to say is..... wow :lol:
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an awesume day

Postby rockhopper » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:04 pm

awesome - definitely the right descirption :D great day out...no way would I ever want to try that though 8)
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an Awesome day

Postby Louise » Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:00 am

Awesome :D
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an Awesome day

Postby Alan S » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:01 am

Excellent stuff 8) 8) Really stunning pics there, Well done :D
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an Awesome day

Postby monty » Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:46 pm

Awesome :D
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an Awesome day

Postby SusieThePensioner » Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:40 pm

Alan, you're right, "awesome" is the word :D
Some absolutely fantastic photos by both you and Keith :thumbup:
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge, an Awesome day

Postby Gable Gable End » Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:03 pm

fantastic stuff Alan. Has certainly inspired me to never EVER get into winter climbing!! :lol:
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