Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Raeburns Route - Stob Coire nan Lochan...

Meilee arrived in Scotland a couple of days ago for here first experience of Scottish Winter climbing.

Yesterday, with mild temperatures we were forced to walk up to the more reliable north facing corries and Stob Coire nan Lochan gave us a few options.  Despite the punishing walk in it was popular as ever and there were plenty of teams in NC Gully, Twisting Gully and on Dorsal Arete.

Spotting a bit of a gap we decided to head up onto Raeburns Route (aka Central Buttress Ordinary) III/IV,4 accessed for NC Gully.  Despite looking quite bare from below this gave some good neve on the ledges and some great frozen turf (which seems to be refreezing overnight).

It's been a while since I have done this route, but it always demonstrates the brilliance of Harold Raeburn - who first climbed the route in 1907.  A quick scan through any guidebook will yield multiple other gully's and buttresses across Scotland, and many of them are no push over!

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