Tuesday, 4 February 2014

North Buttress

Today I was back out with Steve and Ed, but no Frankie.  The aim was to get them of a challenging route, so North Buttress VI,4*** on the Buachaille was a great option today.  We arrived at the start of the route at the same time as another party, who kindly let us lead off first.  The climb was in awesome condition after a freeze last night.  First time neve placements and bomber hook meant the guys made short work seconding the pitches.  We switched tactics after the hard pitches, which meant we flew to the top pretty quickly.  There were a few funky pockets around as we made are way to the summit that needed a little care, and there was a lot of snow continuing to blow into those areas.

A bit wintery
Ed loving the stella conditions
After a quick chocolate bar on the summit we picked are way through the partial white room down to the col, before heading up and down the ridge.  This too has a lot of snow on it, but was ok for the most part if you took care.  A good couple of days in good company.

Ploughing a way to the summit

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