Monday, 11 February 2013

North East ridge of Stob Ban, what a gem!

Morning light on Stob Ban.

I was out with Tim today for West Coast Mountain Guides for a day of mountaineering. Tim had done Ledge route and a couple of other easier routes in Scotland and wanted to try something a little harder. After seeing how much fresh snow there was yesterday I decided to stay reasonably low so we headed to Stob Ban's North East ridge at grade II/III. I'd not done the route myself but a couple of trusted friends had raved about it and I can see why. It may be a bit rambling in it's lower half but the upper part of the route had a fine arete and a couple of nice chimneys with that require some wide bridging. If you're looking for a longer route at that grade I can highly recommend it. It stayed clear for us all day today but with a biting wind, there wasn't too much snow about on the move though and the freezing level was higher than forecast.

Tim hanging around on the final section of the arete.

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