Curved Ridge is a Grade 3 scramble near Glencoe, in the West Highlands of Scotland. It follows a distinct ridgeline up the rocky east face of the Munro, Buachaille Etive Mor. (See Curved Ridge in profile in this Flickr picture by Tejanada John Wakeman).

This was my second time on Curved Ridge. On our first attempt in 2010 we had planned something different. Three of us drove up to Glencoe one Friday night, had a few beers in the Kingshouse then started up the ridge at dusk. The plan was to bivvy somewhere on route when it got dark, preferably under a bright moonlight night, and have a nightcap as we dozed off to sleep with Rannoch Moor beneath our feet. The reality was ... well, a bit different. We got to the base of the ridge in epic rain and spent the most miserable night of our lives (much worse than a 12 hour emergency bivvy I had last winter) in what was akin to sleeping inside a soaking wet sponge, before we bailed at 6am the next morning. (Bivvy picture linked to courtesy of Kenny Pollock).

Curved Ridge in the sunshine I'd suggest is a lot more pleasant.

Climbing in the Scottish Highlands