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by gman » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:55 pm
Munros included on this walk: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor)
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Wasn't sure where to park but there was a layby just after the Glen Etive road so I just went for that. There's a parking area further along the A82 (at Jacksonville) with a path leading to the water slab so that would have been better. Classic/boring view:
Approaching from this direction, you get a better look at the route. The face has diagonal ridges from top left to bottom right. Following the summit line down to the right leads to North Buttress. Crowberry Ridge is to the left of this (directly below the summit), and Rannoch Wall is the left hand side of this ridge. Curved Ridge is on the left of Rannoch Wall. The water slab is at the bottom here, there's a path leading straight to it from this direction so it's unmissable.
Path to the waterslab, the hill looks a bit different from this angle: North Buttress on the right, then Crowberry, then Curved Ridge.
Steep scree path leads up on the left of the slab, further up there's a group of trees on a rock and the path goes diagonally up to the right in front of this.
Then up a rocky bit:
When you get further up, turn left & you can see Curved Ridge on the left & Crowberry on the right. I checked the GPS here to make sure I was in the right place, then put it back in a side webbing pocket on my pack thinking 'that doesn't look too secure, must find a better pocket later'.
Started scrambling up the ridge (which as all fine) then double checked the GPS but it had disappeared . So there was a down scramble to the last place I'd checked it but couldn't find it. Another walker appeared but he hadn't seen it either. We swapped stories of gloves lost on the hills, he'd done the ridge & Crowberry Tower before so we continued on together. Onwards:
Scramble, then path:
Top of the crux, good hand/footholds so no probs:
Climbers coming up North Buttress, they were training for the Matterhorn.
There's a cairn at the top of Curved Ridge with a steep scree path leading up to the left. Or you can turn right and go round the back of Crowberry Tower where paths lead to the tower or Stob Dearg. The walker I met had climbed the tower from the front though so we did this, there's a path that goes straight round then leads up - bit of scrambling but nothing tricky. On top of the tower looking down:
At the back of the tower there's a path that leads to the summit, climber on it here:
Short down scramble to get from the tower to the summit path:
Then a path:
Crowberry Tower from the way up Stob Dearg:
Back down via the corrie:
Went back round and did the start of Curved Ridge again to look for the GPS but no luck. Put lost notices here & on UKC and bid on one on ebay on Saturday but lost the auction. Got an email from someone on UKC this morning who found it at the bottom of Rannoch Wall yesterday .
by Tomsie » Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:49 pm
by tomyboy73 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:20 pm
by gman » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:59 pm
Tomsie wrote:Good that you got it back they ain't cheap. Heading up to do this tomorrow.
Have a good one & take plenty of water - it was roasting on friday. The guy who found my GPS saw a couple of headtorches heading up on fri night, that's one way to avoid the sun .
tomyboy73 wrote:that looks amazing to do, think i`d need someone to take me up though
I thought the same but it was fine, there's an idiot's guide to curved ridge on here plus other trip reports. It's a bit confusing the first time you head up but you soon get your bearings.
by celt54321 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:29 pm
by gman » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:09 pm
celt54321 wrote:i did the a,e ridge on wedensday...how would you say the scrambling on curved ridge compares to this for difficulties.
If you found AE OK you won't have any problems here - Scrambles in Lochaber classes AE as grade 2 and curved ridge grade 2/3. Curved Ridge is all scrambling upwards, which is easier, but there are longer sections of scrambling - I would agree with basscadet, it's a bit easier than expected.
by basscadet » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:42 am
Shame about the hassle with the GPS, must of put a dampner on perfection
by Mountainlove » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:21 am
I am glad you managed to find your GPS again!!!
by gman » Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:04 pm
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