Thought I'd give myself a wee shock to the system today, so decided on the Curved Ridge on Buachaille Etive Mor.
Yeah, that done it. My first real attempt at some scrambling and I'll be honest, at times I was shiteing myself.
Started off as a cracking walk round the base to the Water Slab.
Was following directions from a forum post on walkhighlands when I saw a couple of guys descending from what turned out to be D Gully. They'd got lost but now reckoned they knew where they were going so I tagged along for a bit.
We crossed over above the slab and started heading up. A couple of tricky bits then came to a section where I thought this is pretty dodgy. Had to compose myself and managed up. At which point I realised there was no way i was able to downclimb and was committed.
Got to the ledge just below the Rannoch Wall and was pretty nervous now. The guys had charged on while I sat for a bit, I looked up to see where they were and thought how the hell am I getting up there! A few folk passed and offered some much needed words of encouragement.
Then onto the Curved Ridge.
I have never in my life been in the position where a slip or fall would be fatal (apart from maybe the good old days at Brockville). So this was incredibly intense.
Managed the Crux no bother after a bit of investigation, then up and down the Crowberry Tower. Just a shame the views were hidden behind a constant blanket of cloud from this point.
Last scramble from there up to Stob Dearg. Then pretty straightforward over to Stob na Broige. Just over 6 hours all in.