North Buttress, Buachaille Etive Mor

Today Ken Applegate invited me for some much needed experience in teaching mulit-pitch climbing towards my MIA assessment, so I jumped at the chance.  With the forecast not in our favour we headed to North Buttress where Ken let me lead the day teaching Nicolas the basics of climbing on a mountain route.

We covered such things as tying into the belay, building belay’s, the ABCs; anchor, belayer and climber all being aligned when bringing up the second, in this case Ken. We progressed up the route with myself leading and then Nicolas coming up, sorting his belay stance and then bringing Ken up.

The day was successful but a bit damper than all 3 of us would have liked, with the added faf of the ropes getting stuck on the last abseil down.  Where Ken went back up only to find that the problem was pure friction of the ropes running over the ground and round the back of the block that we had ab’ed off.  A bit frustrating at the end of the day.

A good day all round despite the wet weather.


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