12th to 13th June 2012 Swatte Fell, North Buttress and Curved Ridge

Buachaillie Etive Mor.

Duncan on North Buttress with Crowberry Tower behind.


Duncan descending Curved Ridge with the Rannoch Wall behind.

Yesterday, I was out staff training with the EICA Ratho staff team on Swatte Fell. This peak is located near Moffat. There is an excellent little buttress and ridge to look at Mountain Leader security on steep ground skills and Mountain Instructor short roping skills.

Today, Duncan and I had a great day out in Glencoe. We climbed North Buttress on Buachaillie Etive Mor to the summit before descending Curved Ridge and returning to the car. One team was climbing on Rannoch Wall. The rock looked mostly dry.


11/06/12 Glen Coe

On Buachaille Etive Mor again today and what a difference a day makes. There was no rain and the cloud base steadily rose with only the top 200m or so of the hill remaining in cloud.

Lorn and Paul exiting one of the steeper sections

I was out with John, Paul, Lorn, Lindsey and Alasdair from Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors and we climbed North Buttress (West Route) to reach the summit of Stob Dearg before descending via Coire na Tulaich.

John, Lindsey and Alasdair in the chimney/crack system

The route was damp in places and there’s plenty of seepage about on the crags.

Summit of Stob Dearg, not as damp as yesterday

10/06/12 Curved Ridge

Out today for EICA Ratho on Buachaille Etive Mor with Pamela, Robert, Steve, Paul, John, Craig and Marcus. We climbed the classic Moderate of Curved Ridge headed over Stob Dearg and descended Coire na Tulaich.

Steve, Paul and Craig on the lower section of Curved Ridge

The forecast showers merged in to one incessent downpour and The Buachaille crags are now thorougly wet and will take a few days of good weather to dry out again.

Robert, John and Marcus higher in to the cloud on Curved Ridge

Despite the conditions the team did brilliantly on what was there first roped scramble/climb.

Summit of Stob Dearg in steady rain

1st to 8th June 2012 SPA Training and Skye

David and Chris practising rescues at Blackford.

Duncan and Steve climbing Pinnacle Ridge with the big abseil behind.


Steve, Scott and Martin on the summit of the Inn-Pinn with the Great Stone Shoot behind.

Duncan, Steve and Martin climbing the Cioch.

Sgurr an Fheadain from the Fairy Pools.


Tina, Scott, Martin, Duncan and Steve with Caisteal a'Garbh-Choire behind.


Scott and Tina on the summit of Caisteal a'Garbh Choire.

From the 1st to the 3rd June, David, Chris, Stephen and I completed an SPA training course. This course looks at working as a climbing instructor on single pitch crags. We had a great time at Aberdour, Rosyth Quarry and Blackford Quarry with good weather throughout.

On the evening of the 3rd I drove up to Skye with Martin to meet Tina, Scott, Steve and Duncan. We had a brilliant time for the next five days mountaineering in the Black Cuillin with only two rain showers on the 6th of June.

We began the week on Monday the 4th June by climbing Pinnacle Ridge to the summit of Sgurr Nan Gillean before continuing with Am Basteir, The Bhaseir Tooth, Kings Cave Chimney and Bruach Na Frithe.

The weather for the 5th June was forecast as good all day. However, the rumour was for more rain on the 6th. Therefore we planned for a big day. We began the 5th June by climbing Window Buttress before ascending the Innaccessible Pinnacle, Sgurr Na Banachdich, Sgurr a’Ghreadaich and Sgurr a’Mhadaidh. The section between Ghreadaich and Mhadaidh is one of the best sections on the ridge and highly recommended.

It rained during the evening of the 5th but cleared out before the morning of the 6th. Therefore, we opted to complete another big day. We had a grand time on the Cioch before completing the Sgurr Sgumain and Sgurr Alasdair traverse.

The following day we needed a shorter day so opted for some fun scrambling on Sgurr an Fheadain before relaxing at the Fairy pools. Some of the team opted to cool down their feet and some of the team were much braver going for the full dip!

Yesterday, was our last day on Skye. We completed Sgurr nan Eag, Caisteal a’Garbh Choire, Sgurr Dubh an Da Bheinn Sgurr and Dubh Mor before returning over the Sgumain Stone Shoot and having a last beer at the Sligachan.