A trip to Glencoe and we decided to try out Broad Buttress.
Having been up Curved Ridge a zillion times (still one of my favourite hills days tho!) and North Buttress route a few weeks ago we decided to give Broad Buttress a try.
The guidebook rates this as 3 star , a whole star more than Curved Ridge or indeed North Buttress route – both amazing scrambles! Expectations were high J
Given its location the walk in is a bit shorter, however due to the reduced traffic this route receives , there was some heather bashing required before we reached the slabs that start the route!! Some padding up the slabby aprons was enjoyed as the rock was lovely and grippy (we experienced the opposite on our next outing on Castle Ridge!!).
As the name implies, the buttress is Broad and lots of variation and levels of difficulty can be had. As we approached a steep section we decided to rope up and climb a shorter slightly more difficult section which was great fun… The gradient then eased a little and we moved together enjoying some great scrambling. As always the views from this mountain were grand, with Rannoch Moor at our feet and Glencoe dropping away at our backs ;)
Soon we were at the top of the route with great views into the upper part of Great Gully- a great place to have some lunch J. After soaking in the views we traversed scree slopes until we reached the tourist path and descended into Coire na Tulaich.
A grand wee adventure… not too sure I’d rate it above Curved o North Buttress though it’s still a fantastic scramble J
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