The west coast was shrouded in cloud at all levels today so there was nothing to see from the big lookout (or shepherd) of Etive. Buachaille Etive Mor is a great name as the view is so impressive over Rannoch Moor, when you can see it. Mike and I have both seen it before though so we were content to enjoy some slightly wet but fun climbing on North Buttress.
We did get a wee glimpse through the clouds from the top of Cuneiform Buttress to show us the grand scale of the mountain. It was very impressive to look down on the cars and trucks so far below. We traversed across the top of Great Gully on some horrible scree and found Great Gully Buttress to descend. This is a moderate scramble (grade 1/2) and goes straight back down to the path. So, not many kilometres travelled horizontally today but many metres of uphill and downhill on tricky ground! We also saw plenty of white lousewort. The pink version is more common but Buachaille Etive Mor has lots of the white stuff too.
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