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Childhood Dreams and Destiny - Curved Ridge

Childhood Dreams and Destiny - Curved Ridge


by BobMcBob » Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:28 am

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

Date walked: 08/08/2012

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 14.4 km

Ascent: 1615m

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Re: Childhood Dreams and Destiny - Curved Ridge

Postby Alteknacker » Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:32 pm

Great report - you posted this before I joined WH, so I missed it.

Stob Dearg is a truly iconic mountain, and your B&W pic really does capture that. Other pics also great, as usual.

I did this in partial clag in 2014, and like you found it not particularly difficult technically, with good solid hand and foot holds; but a lot of exposure! Isn't the Rannoch Wall a wonderful sight??

The other thing that struck me was the multiplicity of possible routes. In fact Dr Frank and I chose different routes - unwise in clag! - and it took us an age to find each other again.
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Re: Childhood Dreams and Destiny - Curved Ridge

Postby ancancha » Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:17 pm

Great report, I remember hyperventilating with relief at getting to the top of An Stuc :lol:
Well done on conquering yourself :clap:
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Re: Childhood Dreams and Destiny - Curved Ridge

Postby gman » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:54 am

Alteknacker wrote:The other thing that struck me was the multiplicity of possible routes. In fact Dr Frank and I chose different routes - unwise in clag! - and it took us an age to find each other again.


I've done it quite a few times and it's usually possible to find something harder than you did the last time, for example instead of doing the crux you can move to the right along a ledge then straight up a steep wall (or go straight up to the wall with a mantle onto the ledge). Makes it a good route for practise, also a nice descent if you've done another scramble on the Buachaille.
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Re: Childhood Dreams and Destiny - Curved Ridge

Postby Alteknacker » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:00 am

gman wrote:
Alteknacker wrote:The other thing that struck me was the multiplicity of possible routes. In fact Dr Frank and I chose different routes - unwise in clag! - and it took us an age to find each other again.


I've done it quite a few times and it's usually possible to find something harder than you did the last time, for example instead of doing the crux you can move to the right along a ledge then straight up a steep wall (or go straight up to the wall with a mantle onto the ledge). Makes it a good route for practise, also a nice descent if you've done another scramble on the Buachaille.


Indeed. It seemed to me like a place where one could spend an entire day scrambling in (like Tryfan in Snowdonia, for example). Whilst I'm not that keen on climbing (all the faff with ropes etc.), I could even fancy the Rannoch Wall - it looks phenomenal!
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