Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These Conditions Reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Sub-optimal conditions today on North Buttress, Buachaille Etive Mor. Despite this we had views across Rannoch Moor for the whole climb and some quite worthwhile snow on the route making the climbing very pleasant.

The walk down was less comfortable. Heavy rain with a little stingy hail blown at us on 80mph gusts while we waded through knee deep saturated snow. We got quite wet. Despite this it was an excellent day out. Remember, we don't do it because it's easy. And drying out when you get home feels great ... unfortunately you have to go out and get wet in the first place!

Tony and John enjoyed the experience which was capped off by seeing the monstrous avalanche trail and debris from a couple of weeks ago. It's going to take a few months to melt that lot away.

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