Tuesday, 10 September 2013

North Face Route and Hiccup

Today I was back out with Alan, making the most of the nice weather.  Options were Ben Nevis or Glencoe.  After discussing objectives we went for the brilliant North Face Route (Severe) on Buachaille Etive Mor which led us to the bottom of the 3 star VS 5a of Hiccup.  Its described in 2 pitches but we squeezed 3 out of it.  I was very impressed, its a nice route.  It eventually joins the top of NFR and after a wee scramble up and then a traverse, we were back onto Curved Ridge with a front row seat of the 3 teams of climbers on Rannoch Wall.  The mountain was very busy, a team below us on NFR, 3 pairs on Rannoch Wall and about 12-14 folk on Curved Ridge.  Its great to see people out enjoying some of Glencoe's.....no Scotlands best routes!
North Face Route, lower section

Not sure if this is a smile or not..?

Busy on Ranoch Wall

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