/ Is Dorsal Arete any good?
So what is the collective opinion!
Pucker or Pants???
I thought it was a great little route. Escapable as you noticed but wheres the fun in that!
I have always enjoyed it, but then again I've always got there early and avoided the crowds.
It isn't Tower Ridge, but it's one of the most popular arÍte climbs in Glencoe for good reasons: short, difficult enough to challenge beginners yet not so difficult it terrifies them, and with a thrilling bit at the end.
I liked it. First half is a snowy/icy scramble to the ridgy bit, second half more interesting. Fun route.
The Chimney Start is an interesting variation at 4, IV
Neither pucker nor pants. Just petite. It's a baby route. That's why it gets the crowds.
But for sure, there are some routes I'd do again and again if I had the chance, like Observatory Ridge, The Guillotine, Fingers Ridge, and Tower Ridge... and Dorsal Arete is not one of them. Once is fine.
> Pucker or Pants???
It is better than a wasted tank of petrol if conditions on the other routes a bit crap or dodgy. When you descended Broad Gully you should have broke onto the ridge and done the end of it. I have a friend who enjoyed the fins more than Twisting Gully which he had just seconded.
> When you descended Broad Gully you should have broke onto the ridge and done the end of it. I have a friend who enjoyed the fins more than Twisting Gully which he had just seconded.
I did think about this but had just ranted about how pants it looked and how I'd rather have spikes in my eyes etc etc... That my mate just laughed...
Chimney Variation is indeed an interesting wee start! I thought the guide correct at IV,5.
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