Posts for category: Buachaille Etive Mor

Shelf Route

Lena and I had another day out for fun. We wanted a route where we could both lead, so we settled on Shelf Route on the Buachaille – a route that has been popular over the last week or so. There was a team ahead of us, but they were a good pitch or so […]...

Crowds On North Buttress

Today, Hannah and I decided to get a change of scenery and go for the North Buttress on Buachaille Etive Mor. We were lucky enough to get a stunning sunrise as we walked in to the hill. The photo below barely does it justice – there were many photographers out trying to capture the moment. […]...

Curved Ridge + Crowberry tower

  Today the forecast was for the wind to ease off hugely from about mid morning into the afternoon. The morning winds were definitely to be avoided, so we did some tactical faffing this morning to take a slightly late start for Curved Ridge. This paid off and by the time we summited Stob Dearg […]...

Curved Ridge – Brilliant Autumn Colours

Today the golden autumn colours were incredible, especially just after dawn in Glencoe, as the sun rose above the horizon – wow. I tried to capture it, but the best I could do was the first photo below. I met Louise and Steve and we went off to climb Curved Ridge. They have previously climbed […]...

Agag’s Groove + Curved Ridge

Finally we got some great weather to climb Agag’s Groove with Martin and Daniel. This was a summer booking, but after a wet summer, we didn’t manage to match our free time with a dry Rannoch Wall – finally it happened on Saturday. Even my drive to work was spectacular, and I had to pull […]...

Tower Ridge, Ledge Route, Curved Ridge

Private Guiding for Jagged Globe in Scotland – Climbing and Mountaineering. On Wednesday, I read the forecast very optimistically, and thought that perhaps the mist on the hills would not include rain during the morning. However, when we got up to Observatory Ridge, it was still raining hard, and not looking likely to stop anytime […]...

Jagged Globe – Autumn Mountaineering + Climbing

This week John has started his Private 5 day course with Jagged Globe. He wants to do as much as possible in the 5 days, including classic routes in Glencoe/Ben Nevis as well as push his rock climbing and leading on rock. We started on Monday on North Buttress on Buachaille Etive Mor. We did […]...

Developing Scrambling Skills

Over the last couple of weekends I have run 4 CPD workshops for the Mountain Training Association called ‘Developing Scrambling Skills’. Unfortunately Matt was unable to attend his workshop, and Alan was unable to attend his (Alan, get well soon!). However, Joe, Steve, Karen, James, James and Ian said they got a lot from their […]...

North Buttress & Crowberry Tower

On Saturday I didn’t quite respect the sun enough and so got a little sunburn, that I only felt later in the evening. So on Sunday, I was all over the suncream as I met with Martin and Dan again. We last met in the winter and we climbed Ledge Route, Dorsal Arete, and Tower […]...

Dry Sunny Curved Ridge

Today I met up with Arne who has been climbing and mountaineering for longer than me, all over Europe. He is at the start of his Scottish trip and he wanted to get out and enjoy a classic mountaineering route. He chose Glencoe, and then chose the Buachaille. The skies started blue this morning with […]...

Dry Rock, But Cold In The Shade

                    This week, Lena and I have been climbing in Applecross and on the Buachaille, Glencoe – with mixed results. Half way through climbing on Monday it started to rain – we pushed on, being optimistic, (wearing gore-tex jackets!), but then another shower came – so […]...

Scrambling On North Buttress

                    MTA Scrambling Workshop Yesterday I ran a MTA scrambling workshop (through Alan Halewood) with Rich and Monika Pyne in Glencoe (for CPD points). Rich has been climbing and scrambling for 15 years, so has a lot of experience, and he has recently over the last […]...

Winter Mountaineering Last Week

                    Last week I was working for Jagged Globe on a 5 day Winter Mountaineering Course – with 11 clients. On the Monday we went to Aonach Mor for a revision of Winter Skills, and quick look at steep ground and revision of basic ropework including […]...

North Buttress, Buachaille Etive Mor

                    On Saturday I was working for Abacus Mountain Guides. I met up with Neal and Tim in the morning and we headed off to Glenoce. They have already climbed Tower Ridge, Ledge Route, Castle Ridge and Curved Ridge. On Saturday we planned to climb North […]...

Hiccup

                    On Tuesday, Lena and I had a day off together, and in this incredible hot spell, we went climbing. We chose to go and do Hiccup (VS***) on Central Buttress of the Buachaille. The approach is the Fun North Face Route (S**). Lena chose pitch […]...

Curved Ridge And Lena Working

                    On Monday David, Katie and Phoebe had their day on Curved Ridge with Hunter Mountaineering. I was working alongside Lena for the day. The weather forecast indicated that we would get a little drizzle during the day, with possibly cloud affecting our view, but as […]...

Curved Ridge & Buachaille Ridge

                    Hunter Mountaineering On Wednesday morning I was rudely woken up by heavy rain on the windows – never a good sign, and not normally an indicator of a good day in the making! However Mary, Judi and I still arranged to meet and decide if […]...