Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Glencoe Part 3.Beinn A Chrulaiste.
Alex had recommended the view from Beinn a Chrulaiste just across the road from the cottage.It sat looking down the glen and straight across at the steep walls of the Buachaille.More importantly I hadn't climbed it yet so it was settled.While Jules and Alex Bagged the Pap Of Glencoe which I,d spent a memorable and warm summer night on many years ago I asked around to see if anyone else fancied this isolated and often overlooked Corbett.
Gavin,John,Jon and myself teamed up to climb this lump of rock which has a summer scramble on its flank. The old Scrambles in Lochaber book covers Glencoe,s many steep buttresses.This used to be our bible as well as Classic Rock.
There was a lot of fresh snow on the slopes of the hill.We took it in turns trailblazing through knee deep powder to the summit.The views across to Curved ridge and Crowberry tower, Classic Scrambles on the Buachaille were superb.
Epic scramble right across these steep walls however,the exposed but easy(ish) Rhyolite romp,a long traverse high above the abyss with fantastic rock scenery and plunging gullies.Best done in clear,dry summer conditions with the scrambles guidebook and a safe head for heights.Route finding would be tricky in mist and in winter its a proper climb.