Monday, 29 October 2007

North Buttress on Buachaille Etive Mor

Whilst at work I bumped into a friend of mine called Al. I have worked with him in the past rock climbing in Glen Nevis, but this time we had a different agenda. He was up for a long weekend and was really keen to climb Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis but due to bad weather we abandoned that idea and went for a shorter day on North Buttress. This is a great scrambling route. The chimney sections are quite steep and exposed so we agreed to rope up and pitch through the difficulties. I have soloed the route before in the summer but never climbed it in winter, where as Al had never climbed it in the summer but attempted it in the winter. Unfortunately he did not finish the route as his partner fell, was badly injured and had to be helicoptered off (has made a full recovery now). So climbing this route again brought back memories for Al but also made it easier for him to regain his confidence. The weather held off most of the day, no blue sky unfortunately, so we descended quickly and went for a pint in the Clachaig Inn!

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