Kevin Rutherford MIC

Hill and climbing conditions for the Scottish Highlands.

Winter Courses - Winter Skills, Winter Mountaineering, Winter Climbing & Norway Ice based in Rjukan

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

West Coast Mountaineering

A great 4 days with returning group Walkers with Altitude. Based in and around Fort William we had a challenging time both with the weather and the high avalanche forecasts. Day 1 was spent traversing the Buachaille Etive Beag which had an alpine snow arete on the south ridge, a damp day. Day 2s forecast was worse, so we headed to the Ice Factor where we spent the day looking at climbing steeper stuff on rock and ice. Day 3, was named ballistic day but turned out to be the opposite and we had a great afternoon hit on Creag Meagaidh;s north ridge taking in Sron Coire A Chriochairein and the edge of Cairn Liath. Yesterday, plan A was to ascend the east ridge of Carn Mor Dearg from the Nevis Range gondola but we found the connecting glen too hard going with soft deep snow so we ascended a safe west face rib bringing us out level with the quad chair, great wee route on mountaineering ground.



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