Thursday, 1 May 2008

Glencoe adventures

I've just had three great days over in Glencoe. Ron had two clients, Laura and Robin from Rotterdam, who wanted to experience a bit more of the Glencoe peaks and ridges so we headed off for some adventures!
On Tuesday we wanted to go up to Bidean nam Bian by Stob Coire nam Beith but some roadworks on the main Glencoe road scunnered that plan so we walked in to Coire an Lochain and scrambled up to Stob Coire an Lochain. The amount of snow on the approach to Bidean nam Bian was very Alpine in apearance with the a very beautiful snow arete but as it was perhaps a bit more snowy than we had bargained for, we came back down to do some impromptu winter skills practice!
Wednesday saw us heading up Coire na Tulaich to Stob Dearg on Buchaille Etive Mor and here, the step kicking into snow practised the previous day came into its own. We climbed up the snow on the steep corrie headwall, the ordinary route up to the summit, to be able to climb onwards to Stob Dearg. Snow began to fall and the winds picked up so we all opted for a descent back down the way we had climbed up and we were soon back at the cars. The corrie headwall was certainly not the place to be without an ice axe and a good pair of boots!
Thursday was the day when the weather was looking a bit dubious so we went up to Glen Nevis and had a very enjoyable day on Sgurr a' Mhaim and Sgurr an Iubhair and the narrow arete of the Devil's Ridge.
Photos to follow!


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