Monday, January 16, 2012

Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor...

Apologies for the lack of updates.  I have been staying in Lagangarbh under Buachaille Etive Mor for the last couple of days.

Si had managed a flying trip from the Peak District which had luckily coincided with fine settled conditions and excellent visibility.  Following the thaws of previous days, the remaining snow cover is solid neve.

We decided to do 'Curved Ridge', setting off early negotiating frozen streams and verglass low down.  Fairly soon we needed crampons and were able to climb the lower section in gloves. Finally, the top section was covered with great neve making for swift progress and a very atmospheric ascent.

High up on Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor there are plenty of ice routes in condition, too numerous to mention here.  'Indicator Wall' is quite icy so I would be surprised if Aonach Beag wasn't in good condition - particularly the reliable line of 'Stand and Deliver'....

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