Saturday, 7 February 2015

A brilliant 2 days on Ben Nevis and Buachaille Etive Mor

Spoilt for choice

What a brilliant two days out with Claire and Ian.  After our day out last year HERE, they were keen for some winter adventures.  As they have never worn crampons before, we started off with some basic skills and got hem both moving up the classic Ben Nevis route of Ledge Route (II) ****.  It was stunning weather and great conditions underfoot so we pressed onto the summit for stunning panoramic views.  Took plenty of photos today.  More Here.

Heading back down

Going down Number 4 Gully

Claire leading to the summit

Great place to be

Ready for action, first time in crampons

Day two was looking very promising also, clear skies greeted us as we drove through Glencoe to Buachaille Etive Mor.  Claire had Curved Ridge on her sights for years and was keen to put it to bed.  So with a stellar forecast, perfect conditions and the right team, it would have been rude not too.  We made good steady progress up Curved Ridge (III) and made our way onto the summit of Stob Dearg.  From here we thought it would be best to make the most of the day so we continued onto Stob na Broige for the full 'Buachaille' day out.  It had been a while since I had been on Stob na Broige and was a view you get.  Well worth the walk.  We back tracked to Coire na Tulaich and made our way down mostly on snow.  A great couple of days to round off a great week.  Thank you everyone.  More photos HERE from Curved Ridge and beyond.  Off to Torridon now!

Day two in crampons, heading for Curved Ridge

Lunch spot

Getting there..

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