Thursday, 18 October 2007

Chilly on the Buachaille

John, Neil, Mike and Al had been heading north to Ben Nevis but an accident on the A82 north of Corran Ferry had blocked the road. A quick change of plans and we went to Buachaille Etive Mor to have a look at some mountaineering skills. We climbed D Gully Butress up to where it joins Curved Ridge and carried on up to the top of Crowberry Tower. We abseiled from there and headed over the summit in a flurry of snow showers. On the way we looked at various types of belays and protection and moving around on mountaineering ground as ropes of 2 and 3. Conditions felt very autumnal with a healthy dusting of snow down to 900m in the morning. The afternoon light was spectacular with the shadow of Buachaille Etive Mor clearly cast down onto the moor below and rainbows out on Rannoch Moor.

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