Soooooo Buchaille Etive Mor today. Two munros in the sunshine and it was full on but brilliant. We headed up Lairig Gartain then did the stiff climb up to the bealach. The middle slab section was a bit on the delicate side on the ascent requiring some careful foot placement and the snow cornice just below the bealach made for a hard last few metres. From there, we carried up to the middle summit then descended down on what felt pretty techy on the way down and looked impossibly steep from the bottom. I'm still trying to get my head round the fact that we rode it as from below, it looked mental! After that, it was a lovely ride across the plateau before the final carry up to the summit. We met lots of chatty walkers who tended to think we were mental (funny that!)
The descent off the summit was loose but almost entirely rideable and very much fun. Returning the way we came made for a tough carry before another technical descent with a couple of short walk down sections but as with the first descent, it looked a nightmare from below but was mostly rideable. After the Bealach, there was a couple of shortish Carly's before we got to the second summit and got chatting to a walker about cameras while taking in the stunning views. Returning to the Bealach, the though of descending to Lairig Gartain didn't appeal so we dropped down off trail on the steep grass to Glen Etive far below. What it lacked in trail, it made up for in steepness and delicate line picking. Not your typical descent but still hugely satisfying as we found lines down.
Spinning down the glen, we then joined up with the Lairig Eildhe trail which was big carry of some 1200 feet with short sections of riding before a blinding descent down the glen to Glencoe. It was a fantastic way to end the ride.
I reckon doing Lairig Eilidhe in reverse would also be pretty special.
Soooooo, a really rather good day out. It was full on and if you don't have a head for heights and tech riding, would probably be a bit traumatic! There is a lot of carrying for the amount of riding with no real flow until off the mountain but I have to say it was a proper day out!