Tuesday, 6 July 2010

A good photo of a new "Roddie route" from last year

The only recorded ascents are by Alex, myself, and Mike Martin.

"Shrike Ridge", Aonach Dubh West Face, 3-pitch **Diff graded.


Last summer Alex carried out a campaign on the West face of Aonach Dubh, the mighty cliffs towering above Loch Achtriochtan in Glencoe, seen best from the front of the Clachaig Inn. Despite there being dozens of recorded routes, there are a number of obvious lines which haven't been recorded as climbs.

Alex put up a new route on the upper tier of F Buttress, a superb 3- pitch narrow ridge which he named Shrike Ridge.

To date only Alex, myself and Mike Martin have been the only people to have ever recorded climbing it. The grade is open to debate. There is one move of awesome exposure, warranting a grade of Difficult in my opinion.

But grades…pah! The point is that this is one of the hidden gems of Glencoe, and was only discovered less than a year ago. There is still so much potential out there for exploration.

Here is a photo showing it clearly, taken by myself from the Clachaig Inn this winter.
James

3 comments:

  1. Went up your ridge earlier this year. Nice climbing up the edge for the first fifty feet or so then a bit loose and vegetated but worthwhile. Worth one star?. I agree your grade - about Diff.

    Steve Kennedy

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  2. Climbed your ridge earlier this year. Nice climbing up the edge for the first fifty feet or so then a bit loose but worthwhile. Worth one star? I agree with your grade - about Diff.

    Steve Kennedy

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  3. Hi Steve, thanks for the input--very interesting comments! Glad you enjoyed the ridge. Discovering it was certainly a highlight of last summer. I originally gave it VDiff**, but I think the buzz of climbing it alone in trainers added a bit to the experience--having gone back and done it with rock shoes and rope since, I agree entirely with your comments.

    I reckon up through the Amphitheatre and then along Shrike Ridge is one of the best low-grade short days out on this end of the Glen.

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