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North Buttress, Buachaille.
by gman » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:15 pm
Munros included on this walk: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor)
Date walked: 01/07/2015
Time taken: 4.5 hours
Distance: 6.5 km
Ascent: 843mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Haven't done this one before, but after reading LeathySuburbs report I thought I'd have to give it a go. Very warm this morning but there was a light breeze.
Round to the two boulders.
Crossed the burn at Great Gully then the path to North Buttress immediately branches off to the right. The path stays towards the right hand side, I veered off and had a scramble up.
Steep bit zoomed in, the crack towards the middle of the buttress is where things get interesting.
Start of the crack, there's a grassy ramp going up to the left.
Ledge gets narrow.
Then up the crack, I had Scrambles in Lochaber with me and the suggested route goes to the right soon after the start of the crack but I just followed it upwards instead.
A few sections feel more like a climb than a scramble and you pass ropes and nuts on the way up, all the holds felt very secure though.
Crack continues after a break.
More scrambling higher up.
Getting near Stob Dearg, have to agree that this is a bit more of a challenge than Curved Ridge and probably the best route I've done on the Buachaille.
Reached the top with a sense of achievement and felt like a ninja scambler. Decided to head down Great Gully Buttress (which I've done before) but took a wrong turn and ended up crossing a loose boulder field. There's a fine line between a ninja and a numpty. Finally got on track.
Slabs on the way down, bit of scrambling towards the centre or it's pretty much a walk down on a path.
At the bottom of Great Gully Buttress, North Buttress on the left.
by jamesb63 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:57 pm
looks a great day was had and perfect weather well done
by Alteknacker » Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:34 pm
by BoyVertiginous » Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:30 pm
That little grassy ledge still gives me the creeps though.
by Mal Grey » Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:54 pm
by LeithySuburbs » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:56 pm
by gman » Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:45 pm
LeithySuburbs wrote:Thought you'd like it. Don't think it will be too long before I have another shot at it .
Yeah, good call!
by mgmt! » Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:23 pm
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by malky_c » Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:01 am
by gman » Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:25 pm
mgmt! wrote:looks a lot different from when i did it last winter, i done it once before as a climb and cant recall a grass ledge ? nice route summer or winter none the less.
The ledge is right at the start of the crack, you can go to the right then left up a narrow ramp - you'd probably miss it in winter.
malky_c wrote:Looks like some nice warm rock . Pretty sure I've done this route some time ago in the rain - my sister had a bit of a shit-fit on the crux crack. Must've been a long time ago. It'd probably be me freaking out now
I waited for good weather to avoid this . It gets the sun in the morning so it'll dry quickly in summer.
Should also mention that it's easy to dislodge stones in the crack so a helmet might be a good idea if there are groups ahead of you.
by basscadet » Fri Jul 03, 2015 5:39 pm
by rocket-ron » Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:51 pm