/ Curved Ridge - Etive Mor
Just wondering if there's need to take kit such as Rope, slings etc?
And also best guidebook for description and topos?
Very competent climber and walker but never done a proper mountain scramble.
Get a route description from the web, it's confusing getting to the right start point but it's essential. You don't want to end up on the ridge to the left which is a different proposition altogether. Curved ridge is the one nearest the imposing Rannoch Wall. The holds are fantastic huge jugs, but the exposure is daunting. Taking the ridge line is the best, though you might be tempted to scrabble about in the gulley to the right. There's no point taking ropes and slings unless you are actually going to pitch it.
Both the SMC Glen Coe climbing guide and the Cicerone Scrambles in Lochaber book have descriptions and useful diagrams to help you locate the start.
Its a couple of short sections of moderate interspersed with easier walking/scrambling. If you need to pitch that then a rope and rack with a mix of maybe 4 slings and long extenders and half a dozen nuts should be plenty.
If you aren't used to mountain routes be prepared for sections of scree and some loose rock (although in general CR is so well travelled that by the 'guidebook line' it is fairly solid) and of course the attendant issues of weather, wet rock and navigation down from the summit.
Enjoy, its a grand day oot.
Fairly happy with route finding and navigation etc. Have done a fair few mountain routes in north Wales, rock climbing routes that is but never any scrambling.
If your a competent climber you'll have no bother with the technicality of it. Don't be tempted by the gully to the right - its bloody horrible, loose and prob more dangerous than the ridge because of it! At the top of the ridge, don't follow the continuation of the gully (the obvious way) as its scree horribleness - walk up to the wee col between the crowberry tower and the mountain proper and scramble up there - much better, more solid and tops you out right by the summit.
On the approach, as you come to the top of the screes you'll see a tree, bear right at the tree and cross a watercourse / drainage line and head up from there. you'll see the unmistakable rannoch wall above you and curved ridge to its left.
If you head up past the tree you'll end up on D gully buttress which is about severe if climbed directly. you wouldn't be the first!
up to yourself whether to carry ropes / rack etc. I wouldn't as its technically really straight forward for a climber. I've been up with folk climbing no harder than vdiff who didn't have a problem scrambling up it.
Also, roped the crux just as I was with a non scrambler/climber. The whole route is pretty straight forward and the use of a rope is not needed in summer conditions. Very nice route and would be a good adventure in winter conditions, one day...
That's a generalization, for some people it very definitely is.
Perhaps, but at least the guy had the good manners to return and say how he got on !
The local Hillwalking & Ramblers clubs do it, no ropes, slings.
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