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Stob Dearg via Curved Ridge
by murphy999 » Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:09 pm
Munros included on this walk: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor)
Date walked: 16/06/2010
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 5 km
Ascent: 750mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The weather as we left the central belt was blue sky and broken cloud, hardly ominous but as we approached Glencoe the cloud closed in and was holding only just above the summits. Leaving the car the air was damp as we made our way past Lagangarbh cottage, skirted the foot of the NE face and on to the marker of waterslide slab. Following the line of the water we soon gained height and the scrambling began in earnest with sharpened rocks and steeper ground. The path was less than apparent and with the numerous scree slopes it was difficult to discern route from rock. Despite this we gradually made our way higher, now rapidly approaching the descending cloud.
Taking what we now know was a bad decision we ascended a gully directly below a sheer rock face and saw no apparent way across a deep gorge. Electing to descend back to what resembled a split in the path we gained the curved ridge once more, now certain of the correct route as the sheer face materialised as the Rannoch Wall. We had now hit the ceiling and entered the cloud with only crampon scratches to guide us.
The ridge started to live up to its reputation as the scrambling intensified and the ascent of a near vertical section required us to balance on ledges consisting of no more than a foots width. To compound this the crux of the climb was now upon us as we gained the foot of a narrow chimney with no obvious holds. Requiring the firm placement of boot on smooth rock, perhaps the encircling cloud masking the exposure was now a relief rather than a disappointment. A few nervous moves later we gained the 'safe' ground once more and, after a brief scramble reached the cairn marking the summit of the ridge.
Crowberry tower was now off the agenda as the cloud had saturated the rock and thus we elected to scramble directly on to the summit, suddenly tripping onto the sheltering rock, exhausted but elated.
A handshake and a sandwich later we began our descent of the Coire nan Tulaich. Losing height quickly the cloud lifted to reveal the glen below.
The Curved Ridge was exhilarating to say the least but only left us wanting more and we resolved in the near future to move up another notch with the conquering of Castle Ridge, Ben Nevis. Maybe I should write my obituary now rather than later.
Enjoyed reading that report. Got the heart pounding when you reached the shear rock face with the deep gorge.
Sounds like a heart stopper
by Jock McJock » Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:52 am
by kevsbald » Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:13 am
by murphy999 » Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:08 pm
by murphy999 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:55 pm
- mountain coward
by Milesy » Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:18 pm
murphy999 wrote:Hitting Creise on Thursday this week, hopefully I will get a better view of what I climbed. Thinking about the Inglis Clark ridge, any thoughts?
You might want a rope for it, and of course know how to use it
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