Thursday, 3 March 2011

Curved Ridge Today.

I was back out with Dick today. He had expressed an ambition to do Curved Ridge on the Iconic Mountain, Buachaille Etive Mor. This fine mountaineering ridge weaves it's way up through some breathtaking scenery. The trouble was the cloud enveloped us just as we got to the water slide and the start of the walking route to the ridge start. A Pea Souper! Only once the whole day did it lift and give us a fantastic view over the cloud. The spring like conditions continue, but plenty of firm old snow remained on the ledges and in grove lines. Easy Gully remains intact but it will need a cold snap to make it pleasant to ascend. The snow on the exit slopes was damp, with a layer of older snow ice under making life without crampons interesting, good old fashioned step cutting came into play! The descent off the summit was done in the mist and an easy romp down Coire na Tulaich on the snow made for a quick way off.

A fantastic day of real adventure and contrasts. And We had Curved Ridge all to ourselves!

HPL are running winter courses until the winter really is over and summer mountain guiding all year round. The winter is not over yet, so please check out our remaining dates on the website.

HPL also have space available at 'Tavool House' on the Isle of Mull, it is

Ideal for large groups, parties and stag doo's, self catered or catered and plenty of adventure activity options if required!