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Curved Ridge & the Crowberry Tower - Tadaaa!!!
by EACHANN AN DOIRE » Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:12 pm
Munros included on this walk: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor)
Date walked: 23/07/2010
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The first two times I was in eejit mode so let’s just say I failed in my objective and leave it at that.
This time I did exactly what I set out to do. However my two guide books and three printouts from t’interweb were of no use at all. For those of you who have done this before I defy you to stand by the “waterslab” looking up and find a form of words to describe clearly where you’re supposed to go. After about five minutes I abandoned trying to read the guide and relate it what I could see round about me and just got on with it. The good thing about my guide book is that it was a photo like this which inspired me to do this climb in the first place.
This is great scrambling. I was constantly alert to the possibility of finding myself at a dead end and having to come back down – I find it so much easier going up than coming down! I know I’m at the limit of my ability and courage when, if I have to come down, I’m coming down facing the rock. I found only two areas where the degree of exposure unsettled me a bit.
So I eventually got to the top of the Crowberry Tower and also found the vantage point from which the above picture was taken
I had started the day with some doubt in my route finding ability – doubt introduced by the blinking guide books perhaps! - but in the end I was thinking “ Alastair, you’re not such an eejit after all” The trick will be next time not to let that self satisfaction turn in to over confidence.
I didn’t take my camera & tripod so as not minimise the size of my pack. Next time will be just to get more familiar with this part of the mountain and after that I hope to go up in two parties of at least two people so as to get some really good pictures. If you fancy joining in let me know.
Funny you find facing in more comforting than facing out (I know you're supposed to face in to downclimb) - I find it really unsettling for several reasons... one is that you then can't see where to put your feet very easily (unless you position well out from the rock like non-cowards do - cowards usually hug it closely!). Another point is that I find it more exposed facing in as then, when you're looking down for holds and suchlike, you're actually looking down the drop whereas, if you're facing out, in order to look for holds below you, you end up looking straight back into the rock and can ignore the drop slightly easier. And of course, the other advantage of facing out is you can use your bum as an extra hold-gripper!
- mountain coward
by malky_c » Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:16 pm
by EACHANN AN DOIRE » Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:34 pm
Malky - I'm so glad I'm not the only one to have got lost.
- mountain coward
by murphy999 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:54 pm
I take your point about route finding, the waterslide slab looked nothing like it does in many pictures to me so blind luck got us onto the route. We only got lost once as we headed towards the Rannoch Wall instead of the ridge.
There was no way I was coming back down the ridge once we reached the summit so we descended by the walkers path, it would have slightly bum clenching if we had.
Its a great climb and I think we had an advantage by ascending almost completely in cloud past the wall, eliminating the exposure. Need to try it again to test my mettle!
- mountain coward
by Jock McJock » Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:26 pm
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