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The changing moods of the wee Buchaille

The changing moods of the wee Buchaille


Postby johnkaysleftleg » Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:05 pm

Route description: Buachaille Etive Beag

Munros included on this walk: Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille Etive Beag), Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag)

Date walked: 05/08/2011

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 8 km

Ascent: 900m

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After what had to be our finest ever two weeks in Scotland we were down to our last day. Fortunately the forecast wasn't to bad so we decided to go out with a bang and bag Munros 9 and 10. We set off in fine weather up the superb made path up to Mam Buidhe. Some people might not like this sort of thing on the hills but this is undeniably one of the best I've ever encountered.

With height being gained quickly the views opened up with the Anoach Eagach in particular looking very fine.
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Weather creeping along the Anoach Eagach

It had not escaped my attention that some ominous looking cloud had started to creep towards us but sticking my optimist head on I decided to ignore it.
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Swirling clouds on Mam Buidhe

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Why are we going up here dad?

I reached the top of Stob Coire Raineach first and briefly caught a view of Ranoch moor and the A82 before the clouds moved in. It was changing by the second as the next two shots demonstrate.
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Views going going....

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Gone! (here comes the rain)

A ninth Munro for our 9 year old was followed by a hurried donning of waterproofs and off down to the Mam Buidhe.
The prospects looked bleak as we descended but by the time we reached the cairn between the Munros, Stob Coire Rainach had cleared.
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Stob Coire Raineach

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Mam Buidhe

With optimism restored (but wondering how we managed to bag the summit at precisely the same time as that blinking cloud :evil: ) we set off for number 10.
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Starting up Stob Dubh

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Big brother has his hat on

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Way way down to the A82

It didn't take long for the ridge to level off at about 900m. This point, marked with a large cairn, is a fine view point in it's own right. The sight of Stob Dubh from here is a little intimidating as my good wife remarked, "what we're going up there!?" :shock: I assured her it would be fine :wink: and we set off.
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Looking along the ridge to Stob Dubh

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Rocky ridge

Around half way up the final accent you suddenly get a view of Glen Etive which is quite fantastic.
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Loch Etive

And so munro number ten was bagged. :D
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Cheesy summit photo

The one more thing that remained was the short walk to the end of the ridge for the full unencumbered view of Glen Etive
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Glen Etive

The walk back to the car was done at a relaxed pace due to the jaw dropping views so time for more photos.
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Stob Coire Sgreamhach & Bidean nam Bian

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We'll climb that one next year lad

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The two buachailles

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Looking down towards the Lairig Eilde

So the end of a truly memorable walk to cap a magnificent two weeks in the highlands. :D 8)
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Re: The changing moods of the wee Buchaille

Postby tomyboy73 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:30 pm

well done, some holiday ! the glen etive picture is especially great !
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Re: The changing moods of the wee Buchaille

Postby RTC » Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:19 am

Great photos. 10 Munros at age of 9 is very impressive.
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Re: The changing moods of the wee Buchaille

Postby Stretch » Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:53 am

Quality report, glad you and your family had an enjoyable day on these two. Good job to the little one!
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Re: The changing moods of the wee Buchaille

Postby Del246 » Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:40 am

Great report. I have now added these to my to do list. Thanks.
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Re: The changing moods of the wee Buchaille

Postby Jockstar » Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:46 am

So many good photos and you managed to evade the dreaded Clagh. :) Your Westie looked like she could do the same again and well done to the young un! The view down Etive was superb. :)
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Re: The changing moods of the wee Buchaille

Postby pollyh33 » Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:53 am

So glad that you have had such an enjoyable and productive time in the hills :D

The photos of the hills and glens are really good but my fave is the cheesy family one- loved it :D :D
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Re: The changing moods of the wee Buchaille

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:07 pm

Jockstar wrote:So many good photos and you managed to evade the dreaded Clagh. :) Your Westie looked like she could do the same again and well done to the young un! The view down Etive was superb. :)


The westie is in fact a boy (a very small one for a westie I'll grant you) and his names Hughie, named after Sir Hugh Munro :D
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