Buachaille Etive Mor via Curved Ridge & Great Gully Buttress

Munros: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor)

Date walked: 28/06/2019

**VIDEO BELOW**Anyone interested in Great Gully Buttress should watch as there doesn't seem to be much footage of it around**

With work/life balance being more work and less life for a while, this was to be our first outing in months. So my brother and I decided to make it a good one and take a trip up Curved Ridge which neither of us had been up before, and descend by Great Gully Buttress which we'd scrambled up together one dark, damp, frosty January morning.

But just 2 days before the trip, my brother had some urgent business come up which meant it had to be cancelled... and we were gutted. Absolutely gutted!

Fast forward 2 days later and I instinctively woke early - about 4'ish, and sat thinking for a while. I picked up the phone and called my brother- but sent a text beforehand which simply read Curved Ridge? Now the business he had going on didn't seem particularly pleasant so I was expecting him either not to answer and get angry later, or answer and get angry now. But to my surprise, and to his credit, he answered and said- 'beats sitting about the house I suppose... ok, let's go' :o

On our way towards the route, we met a guy at the waterslab who seemed to be traveling alone. We met him again a bit further up the scree slope so invited him to join us - he accepted, and it was brilliant. He was really fantastic and we had some great chats and it was just a real pleasure having him join us for the whole route up and down. Afterwards we went to the Kingshouse for a wee drink and have kept in touch since. We'll be joining later this month to do the Aonach Eagach and the Chancellor again :thumbup:

And here's a video edit of what else happened on the day. I hope you enjoy it.

FAIR WARNING!! Curved Ridge is not for everyone. It is generally regarded as a bit more serious than simply bagging the summit. However, if anyone is intrigued yet still has some doubts, I'll say this- So long as the route is tackled in good weather conditions with people you know are competent, and you arrive at the start of the route with a decent amount of energy left in the tank (it's a fair wee scramble to get to the start), then it's certainly doable, and possibly even enjoyable. Also, finding the start of the route is a challenge in itself, so do your homework!

Vintage stuff!

Views on the short walk in - a look up towards Great Gully. North Buttress prominent, and Great Gully Buttress, our descent route, to it's right (centre)

Waterslab. Splishy splashy!

Coming up the first section of Curved Ridge

A couple of random nutters approaching the crux on the steep'ish third section

Just chilling on the crux. Big smiles. What a difference a day makes!

A great view of the top of the route, ruined by a couple of numpties

Raven enjoying the view and most probably not worrying about the current oil tanker situation in the Strait of Hormuz

Standing on Great Gully Buttress, studying the Slime Wall on North Buttress

Getting down Great Gully Buttress, on our way to the pub

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