A Ramble Alone! – one ice axe or two!

I set off to scope a route for a Bronze DofE group up into Coire Giubhsachan.  However as I had a full day free I decided to extend my day.  In the car park I had debated one Ice Axe or two.  The answer was two would have been better.

Once at the Beallach and my  job done, I set off up the East ridge of Carn Mor Dearg.  The predicted weather arrived and the wind was fierce needing three points of contact.  I had to put Crampons on fairly soon and kept them on for most of the rest of the day.  The ridge was finely defined and definitely a ‘ridge’

On summiting Carn Mor Dearg, I contemplated taking the easy route home and picking my car up later.  However I decided to give the Arete a try.

The Arete was magnificent.  I had never done it in winter before and it was fantastic walking along the peak of the Arete – just needed to watch out for those gusts which threatened to blow me off.

Once at the top of the abseil posts I headed south west and down into Coire Eoghainn.  Then down the water slabs to my car.

In retrospect the route was difficult enough without the wind and blizzards, however I rediscovered my love of the mountains – I have been a bit of a weather lightweight recently either with clients or kids.  Today I tested myself fully and acquitted myself well.

About ronasramblings

I am a mountain guide based in Ballachulish near Glencoe. On this site I will be sharing my guiding activites
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