Roger Webb and I made the long haul into the north face of Slioch on Tuesday February 15. We added an eight-pitch route folowing a line of grooves near the left edge of the 200m-high Main Buttress. Katabasis (VI,6) kept us guessing all the way and we emerged on the summit after climbing the 150m-high continuation ridge in the teeth of a southerly gale. We finally made it back to the car after a 16-hour day.
With a four-hour approach, and a descent of similar length, and all on rough uneven ground, any route on Slioch is a big undertaking. Roger, who has pioneered all the winter climbing on Main Buttress to date, was suitably chuffed – “This is the first time I’ve arrived back at the car the same day that I set off!”