Thursday, 13 August 2009
Today, with a brief window of fine weather between spells of rain, we decided to head over to Buachaille Etive Mor. Our plans were open-ended: with both climbing and walking gear in the car, we decided to take things as they came.
In the end we decided that the rock was still going to be too wet for climbing, although it continued to dry throughout the day. The Grade 2/3 scrambling route of Lagangarbh Buttress caught our eye, as a route we had wanted to do for some time and one of the most obvious ridges on the mountain.
The walk-in was even easier than the usual Buachaille walk-in ... literally ten minutes from the road! After stomping up soggy ground for a while, we climbed some easy rough slabs of excellent rock for a fair distance before encountering steeper ground. At this point the route became less obvious, but still maintained its non-serious atmosphere as we debated which way to go. We tried several variations but ended up following the most fun option all the way to the top!
At one point, Isi and James turned a steep wall on the left, while I decided to find a way through the steep ground directly. It proved to be harder than it looked, thanks to a band of less-good (and greasy) rock.
The ridge continued more easily until one final steep section of scrambling, which leads to the top of the route. After a short walk up scree, we arrived at the ridge crest.
Lagangarbh Buttress proved to be a leisurely, chilled-out route and a good option for a 'drying' day.
Photos from today