21st to 22nd of August, 2010 – Scrambles in Glen Coe

Saturday

A planned crossing of the Aonach Eagach had to be abandoned due to forecast high winds in which, a group of people new to the route would be lead across it in order to gain some experience in scrambling and exposure in preparation for a forthcoming visit to An Teallach.

As the intended route was no longer an option and the forecast so bad, a smaller group of us decided on a scramble up Dinner Time Buttress on the west side of Aonach Dubh which seemed a more sheltered and shorter option. Great decision! We had an entirely dry day with some buffeting from the wind but no issues and great views out to Loch Leven and beyond as well as over to a shrouded Aonach Eagach.

We dropped down below the east side of Aonach Dubh then walked along beside the road which felt surprisingly hard going at the end of such a short day out.

The rest of the group joined us in the evening for food, beers and social.

Sunday
A wetter day forecast and with the aim of getting some scrambling experience introduced to the members of the group who missed out the day before, we opted for an ascent of Beauchaille Etive Mor by Curved Ridge – an old favourite of mine. I think this was my seventh or eighth time on this route but it occurred to me along the way that in all those times, I’ve only been on the ridge once when it was dry. Today was not one of the dry ones by a long way.

Wet from soon after leaving the path, we were distracted from the misery of heavy drizzle and rain by the task at hand. Most of the difficulties were no problem but we did rope up for one section having experienced slick, wet rock further below.

We topped out to dryness and clearing views in much the same way as on my first time on this route and as we descended after a short lunch the weather improved all the way.

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