On Thursday I was back out with Sarah and after she had loved the little mixed steps on the SW ridge the day before we stepped it up a bit and climbed North Buttress on the Bauchaille. It was a busy day but all five teams managed to move around each other and keep moving. The route was in great condition with some helpful snow in the back of the chimney. We topped out and headed round the ridge as Coire na Tulaich was filling in fast with a lot of snow. A great couple of days climbing and I'm looking forward to climbing with her again next month.
It was then a busy evening at home drying kit and repacking ready for an early start to drive to Torridon for the day for Abacus Mountain guides. Chris, Martin and David had hoped to do the traverse of Liathach but the weather had a different plan. After some discussion we decided to go up and have a look, worst case scenario would be getting the western Munro done at least. The wind was still quite light for most of the way up Mullach an Rathain but the wind picked up just before the summit and we battled our way to the top and ran away again as quickly as we could.
A glorious morning.
Chris Thorne on the crux of North Buttress.
The wind just starting to make itself known on Mullach an Rathain.