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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Buachaille Etive Mor was standing proud above Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe today as the second group of Lochaber and Lorn Ramblers Scramblers worked on their scrambling technique and confidence. We went for the south side of Stob Beinn a'Chrualaiste again where we were a couple of weeks ago. However this time we went up Split Buttress first.

We looked at all sorts of things to help upwards progress and build confidence. We also worked on some simple things to keep each other secure and stop a wee wobble turning into a tumble with a bit of spotting. The route is a bit loose with plenty of rocks on the ledges and some turf and heather in places. A bit more traffic would help clean up the route and it would be excellent if this happened.

From the modest Stob Beinn a'Chrualaiste and its fabulous views we went along the hillside to find the Pink Rib. I was nervous about finding the top of this route as it is not very distinct. However the change in colour of the rock is very obvious and easy to spot. We did a bit of rope work practice for emergencies before heading down the Pink Rib back to the West Highland Way. The weather was warm, calm and dry ... much more like what it should be at this time of year.

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