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Friday, 2 May 2008

Buachaille Etive Mor 30th April

Our time on Bidian looking at basic winter skills proved essential for the safe ascent up the path in Coire na Tulaich which still has a lot of steep snow on the last few hundred metres as well as some sagging cornices.
On the main ridge the mist came in as we headed towards Stob Dearg and then the weather started to quickly deteriorate at the summit cairn with strong gusty bitter winds, hail and snow. Rather than having lunch on the tops we decided the warmest and safest option was to descend back the way we came as soon as we could to the shelter of the main coire.
On the steep snowy descent for extra security we used the rope and axes on the upper section though crampons were not required on the wet spring snow though would be essential if the temperature had dropped...
More details can be found at http://www.marmotte.co.uk/blog/2008/05/glencoe-adventures.html
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