Friday, 20 January 2012

North Buttress, Buachaille Etive Mor

Today Ken, Ian and I headed for North Buttress with the thinking that we would get some shelter from the wind and that the turf should still be frozen and thankfully we were right. We chose this route so we could get some practise rope work in and the route has complicated ground on the approach and descent making for a good day. North Buttress itself is a fantastic route and gives some sustained and technical climbing for IV,4. The freezing level stayed below us for most of the day but it did start to creep up just as we topped out. We descended via Coire Na Tulaich which today was a safe way down as all of the new snow was easy to spot and avoid. The forecast for the week looks to be windy but at least we are getting the snow we have been waiting for.


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