Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor
|The foreshortened view of Curved Ridge|
|Anna climbing the start of Curved Ridge|
The climbing was largely straightforward with the exception of a short interesting tech 3 corner halfway up the route. Without doubt though the best thing about Curved Ridge was the awesome, expansive views across Rannoch Moor to the south. Beyond the ridge the ground quickly dropped away to the broad plateau below, giving the ridge a real lofty feel. It was good to climb the route on such a clear day to fully appreciate this, although the gusty, biting wind reminded us that this was still Scottish winter and not Norway.
|The crux corner|
|Not far from the top|
|Belaying close to the top|
Last time I had climbed on Buachaille Etive Mor I had finished at 11pm after a somewhat dramatic day on the North Buttress, or at least somewhere in that vague vicinity. On this occasion it was just 1pm, which allowed plenty of time to linger on the summit and eat some lunch.
|View back to the summit|
|The start of the descent|
|The epic bum slide down Coire na Tulaich, starting from the col in the back of the picture|
|View from the gully|
|Buachaille Etive Mor|