Glencoe is a special place to go scrambling. Somewhere between walking and rock climbing, scrambling takes you over steep rocky ground with simple climbing skills and some rope work but without the stop-start of pitched rock climbing. Glencoe is perfect for it because it has lots and lots and lots of clean rock at a nice angle. Not only this but the rock is very often well covered in positive hand holds and foot holds. Today, Jim, Fiona and I went up Buachaille Etive Mor via Broad Buttress. It's only 2km from the car park to the summit but you climb up 740m and most of this is on the rock!
Jim and Fiona have been enjoying many of Scotland's best mountains such as An Teallach and Suilven. This time they want to explore more adventurous terrain and have a go at Aonach Eagach. Broad Buttress was a great warm up with a chance to get to used to moving along tied on to a rope and to do a little movement coaching. The exposure on Broad Buttress was great today with views down to the glen and right across Rannoch Moor.
From the top of the buttress it is a short walk to the summit of Stob Dearg where we got great views in between the clouds. There were one or two showers and it is feeling a little cooler now we are nearly into September. Some of the Autumn colours are starting to appear already making me think that winter is not far away! However, it would be nice if we have a summery day for Aonach Eagach tomorrow.
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