Friday, 14 June 2013

24/5/13 - 8/6/13 ...Blog catch up!

On the 24th of May, Dave and I headed down Glen Etive to bag the classic Spartan Slab VS 4c/5a on Etive Slabs.  Conditions on the slab were optimal with bright sunshine and low temperatures making for some great views of Ben Starav and great friction on the slab.  The route itself was very good, thought provoking without ever being too tricky.  A definite classic and a must do for anyone looking to beef out (or even start) their MIA application!  The next two days saw me guiding on the Ben again for Mountain and Glen with both groups reaching the summit!  On the 2nd of June, I took Ali up Agags Groove (V.Diff) on Buachaille Etive Mor as her first ever multi pitch rock climb, this has got to be one of the best introductory multipitches anywhere in the UK with great views over Rannoch Moor.  After completing the climb and a quick wander up Crowbery Ridge on to the top of Crowberry Tower, we descended Coire Na Tulaich. Ali and I were back on the Buachaille for an easy day on the 6th enjoying good grade 3 scrambling on Creag Coire na Tulaich which was superb! Guiding again on the Ben on the 7 & 8 for both M&G and Lochaber Guides before returning on the evening of the 8th and beginning preparation for something extra special...

walking into Etive Slabs

the view from the 3rd pitch of Spartan Slab

another happy group at the top of Ben Nevis

And another!

Ali on P2 of Agags Groove

Ali tops out on to Crowberry Ridge

View from the top of Stob Dearg 

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