All dry today as Tim, Paul and I headed for Buachaille Etive Mor. It was chilly and a little grey as we climbed the lower part of Curved Ridge and the fingers needed a blow on them on the first pitch but then the sun came out and we made rapid progress. With time on hand we headed up the top of Crowberry Ridge, round the Tower and said 'Hi' to Jake and the Joint Services Team topping out on Curved Ridge. We used that to descend back to the bags and on down to the car. Job's a good 'un!
Top of P1
Top of P2- Joint Services Team on Curved Ridge below
Tim working on tangle free rope work on P3
Joint Services team working on their short roping on Curved Ridge
The forecast was for a worsening day and as we walked in to Ben Nevis in mizzle I was preparing for another night based around the drying room. The forecast was nonsense, the day got better and better and Tower Ridge was just clearing as we sat on the Great Tower for an early lunch and we were getting good views from the summit. We took in Ledge Route on the way down and things were just getting pleasant at the end of the day!
Nice to see Chadders, Dave, Andy, Nick and Chappers all out at work today!
I was working for Steve Fallon again today and Ross came along to help out taking Iain, John and Jill up Curved Ridge. We had a leisurely ascent with mixed weather, abseiled off of Crowberry Tower and pressed on over the summit in rain. At the lip of Core na Tullaich Gill and I said cheerio to Ross, John and Iain whilst Jill and I headed south to bag the second Munro- only 14 to go Gill, enjoy them!
'What do you mean smile- I can't look up for this rucksack!'
A couple of other teams about today
Jill on the narrow bit
John and Ian on the narrow bit
Ross at work
The party ahead… just before the unfortunate pile of rocks they knocked off fell towards us!
Today was the wettest day I've had the misfortune to be working on for some time. 2 waterproofs, new waterproofs, phones in ortlieb bags, nothing availed. I opened my mouth to speak and the wind blew in so much water I almost choked and drowned. And my phone has drowned :-( Paths looked like stream even on the crest of ridges. We were on the Aonach Eagach and went as far as Meall Dearg and said enough was enough and retreated.
First it was to be Tower ridge but the forecast and the small chance of thunder on Ben Nevis put me off. I offered Mike Curved Ridge, with D Gully Buttress as a start if he fancied something steeper and he jumped at it. Ross came along to watch preparing for his MIA Assessment and one of us brought the good weather. The lower part of the day was showery but as we hit Curved Ridge and I let Ross take over the rope work we were treated to the most vivid rainbow I've seen in years and the Buachaille Etive Mor ravens seemed as impressed with us. The rain then disappeared until the car park and we counted our blessings on a good choice for the day. More pics at: https://www.facebook.com/climbwhenyoureready.mountaineering/media_set?set=a.946485892061195.1073741982.100000993792059&type=3&uploaded=21