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.
The only recorded ascents are by Alex, myself, and Mike Martin.
"Shrike Ridge", Aonach Dubh West Face, 3-pitch **Diff graded.
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.