It was almost too warm today, particularly in the sunshine, during the walk in to Buachaille Etive Mor. For our final day, Nick, Andy, Allen and I had a slightly more leisurely start, which may have meant that we were well behind the crowds, as we had a surprisingly quiet day on the brilliant Curved Ridge.
The walk in was hot, hot, hot, and there was no need for many layers or even a hat today. Suncream and sunglasses were much more important! Out of the sunshine was still pleasant enough, so long as we didn’t stay still for too long.
The ridge itself was in fantastic nick, with good, consolidated snow where needed, a nice firm track all the way, and all the belays dug out, most of which were good spikes. This enabled us to move efficiently up the ridge, sticking to the summer line all the way. The crux gave a nice technical step, which they all enjoyed.
It felt distinctly alpine as we neared the top, and made our way round the back of Crowberry Tower and up to the summit. The descent down Coire na Tulaich was also in great condition, if a little icy in places, but allowed a fairly swift and direct descent back to the valley. It’s been a brilliant three days with the chaps from Leeds, who have really lucked out with the current conditions! The weather for the next three days looks a bit more up in the air, before a return to more settled weather towards the back end of the week, this will only help the development of ice up high. Longer term synoptic charts are hinting at the arrival of another high pressure system dominating the UK through early March… Brilliant!
Andy was also out enjoying the good weather with Steve and Steve. They enjoyed a day on Beinn Teallach, out east, in Glen Spean.