Today i was on North buttress of Buachaille Etive Mor, a direct line straight up the mountain finishing right on the summit.
We did the climb in 3 long pitches looking at good belays and efficient ways to have less knots when equalising the anchors. From the top of the pitched section the guys moved together to the summit.
There was still time in the day and the guys were keen so we descended Curved ridge, another classic of the mountain. We moved together as a 3 on
Curved Ridge in Glen Coe was sheltered today from the south westerly winds and remained dry until the afternoon.
We focused upon short pitches today, building efficient belays, stance management and how to spot good anchors. We then moved up the ridge in good time before being exposed to the wind and rain from the summit.
Needless to say there is no snow up or down the mountain at the moment. #glencoe #curvedridge #mountaineering
Today i was on Curved Ridge, Glen Coe with father and son team, Gregor and Ron.
With aleady a good level of climbing experience between them they were keen to learn mountaineering rope work, which suited the wet and windy day.
The guys led themselves up the route and along the way we looked at the transition between moving the rope up the route to short pitches, efficient belays and identifying safe and quick anchors. #glencoe #Curvedridge #Mountaineering
Today i was on Curved Ridge in Glen Coe with James and Sarah.
With a wet forecast but little wind it was warm walking up and on the ridge. We made good progress up the classic ridge and the wet rock didn’t hinder their progress or spirits. #curvedridge #Glencoe
Very good weather today on Curved Ridge in Glen Coe. The ridge itself was free from snow but we did get a few snow showers on the way up. The guys made good progress and we were quickly up at the snow line at the top of Curved Ridge. Once the fresh snow that we had over the last few days melts the exit gully will mostly be snow free, but there is still a lot around the summit and in the descent corrie, an axe was useful to have. Exit gully Near the summit The descent #glencoe
Day 2 with Ian and Mat and we headed for Curved Ridge in Glen Coe for West Coast Mountain Guides. The snow wasn’t frozen for most of the day which made for hard work up the avalanche debris at the base of Rannoch wall, on the ridge and on the exit slopes. But Curved ridge is in very good condition and the weather was anazing. We descending down the corie on firm snow avoiding the corniced edge. The approach, Rannoch wall in centre The summit Corniced edge Descending #Glencoe
Curved Ridge in Glen Coe was a good choice today with the strong winds forecast higher up. It was very different from when i did it this time last year with Javi, when it was all rock and running water. The snow is very compacted where travelled and gave good climbing. The higher temperatures today will help the rest of the deep snow consolidate over time. Bottom crux Top tower The descent #glencoe #Winter #Curvedridge #Fortwilliam
Today myself and Harry went for a climb up Curved Ridge in Glen Coe. Surprisingly a route that neither of us had done in winter. This turned out to be a good plan B after turning down the option of a black looking North Buttress. It was very alpine in nature: dry rock, powder snow and hands were used just as much as the axes for climbing, amazing views and sunshine with a wade on the exit gullies. Curved Ridge in centre Top half Shot of the day! Top crux The wade on the exit