Around on the Glen Etive side, Buachaille Etive Mor is much more quiet than the area around Curved Ridge and North Buttress. As soon as you turn onto the wee side road, the snow on the road and the lack of tyre marks in the snow tell you that you're much more on your own and you're going to have an adventure. Chasm to Crowberry Traverse is a proper adventure which I have enjoyed in the summer and spring but today was a proper winter ascent and it was great fun even if we didn't see a thing all day!
Once you have found the start at a right trending ramp you just keep going up and right for about 1000m of gentle climbing. It's easy enough to find this by going up next to The Chasm until you get to a buttress and look for the ramp going up right from there. It is never hard and grade II is for the seriousness of it rather than the difficulty. That's how it was today anyway but we did have brilliant snow all the way. In less useful snow or just less snow it could be different.
Just keep going until you find Crowberry Tower! Since we couldn't see anything we didn't even see Crowberry Tower but we did come across a set of boot prints where we joined the trail from Curved Ridge. It was like coming back into civilisation after a while spent in the wilderness! Tricky navigation on top and a quick and easy descent from the col down into Glen Etive on great snow. It's a great route, one that will not have queues on but don't hang around. There's lots of it!
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