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A Benign AE Ridge

A Benign AE Ridge

Postby Oldman » Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:58 pm

Route description: Stob Ghabhar and Stob a'Choire Odhair

Munros included on this walk: Stob a' Choire Odhair, Stob Ghabhar

Date walked: 01/07/2011

Distance: 14 km

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Last week daughter and I climbed Stob a' Choire Odhair but left Stob Ghabhar for another day. Friday July 1st was that day and we set off nice and early with the promise of improving weather from MWIS. We criticise this service all too readily in my opinion and on this occasion the forecast was entirely accurate. We debated which route to use to achieve our goal, direct up past the waterfall and then follow Stob Maol ridge and the fence posts to the top and return the same way. On the other hand we could head straight up Coire Toaig to the col at 668m then follow the path over the AE ridge to gain the summit and return by the waterfall. Despite our fears regarding the reputed exposure on the AE ridge we felt it would be a pity to miss it and so we chose the latter route knowing that we could always retreat if we started to feel uncomfortable. As we started the walk the skies were overcast with cloud just touching the tops and the midges were having the occasional nibble.
Get Ghabhar this time!.jpg
As forecast the cloud cleared most summits as the day progressed. Turn right at the green hut and we're on our way. Pretty quickly we were crossing the ford and heading up Coire Toaig on a good path gaining height fairly quickly on an easy gradient. Although the path was dry - more or less- the boggyness of the Coire was fairly evident.
Stob Ghabhar 008.jpg
Suddenly we were on the bealach where great views opened up.
Rannoch Moor and Stob a' Coire Odhair.JPG
Then, unknown to us, it was off to the hardest bit of the day although we were compensated by the views of Coirein Lochain and our objective.
Stob Ghabhar 016.jpg
Stab Ghabhar, today's target.jpg
We also got our first view of the AE ridge which we both felt would be quite intimidating.We were quite oblivious to the fact that our current challenge would be much more demanding than anything else on this walk i.e the steep ascent through scree and large rocks on a path which is sometimes non-existent with quite airy and intimidating views to the lochan below. Coupled with this was the uncertainty of navigation each time the path disappeared - as it happened we were spot on. However it was indeed a great relief when we finally arrived at the top of this particular part of the walk.
Heading towards the scree.jpg
Some interesting walking.jpg
Are you sure this is right dad.jpg
So then it was on to it, the AE ridge. It was pleasant walking along towards the (imagined) threat which is not visible until you are at it. Daughter held back even before it came into view - "you go first dad and tell me what it's like". On first sight I could not believe how easy it looked and thought the real one must be up ahead but could not imagine where. A fleeting thought crossed my mind -'are we on the wrong hill?' - not possible!!. Anyway I told her it looked like a real doddle - hands in pockets job- easy. Greatly relieved she approached with some trepidation in case I was kidding and exclaimed "that can't be it dad - it's too straight forward - lets get a few pics to put it in some sort of perspective". "OK" said I and here are some of the efforts.
AE Ridge - what's all the fuss about.jpg
Here we go..jpg
Not a bit difficult.jpg
This is cool dad.jpg
I can only imagine that this ridge will be a very different proposition in bad weather however today it was quite benign. I hope my pics give some idea of how it was TODAY.With the AE behind us it was easy all the way to the cairn.
Just this bit to go..jpg
On you go then.jpg
Usual high fives.jpg
On top it was the ususl - a rest, a drink, something to eat a good look round and a feeling of achievement.
Stob Ghabhar 091.jpg
AE Ridge.jpg
Twenty minutes on top and it was time to go home - follow that fence line!
I'm going home Oldman.jpg
Another Munro behind us..jpg
This way home.jpg
When we got to the waterfall the path was naturally quite steep but there are great views of the tumbling water.
That waterfall.jpg
Finally it was into a small wooded section and a burn to be crossed on stepping stones (must be difficult when the burn is in spate) which was easy and brought us back onto the outward path and back to the green hut.
Cross the burn and nearly home.jpg
Half an hour later we were back at the car and happy to get the boots off - JOY - and off home where the little lady had dutyfully prepared a splendid meal washed down by copious quantities of my favourite beer. Life is very good!!!

Cheers and good walking y'all

No problem.jpg
no comfort here.jpg
Last edited by Oldman on Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:29 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: A Benign AE Ridge

Postby Paul Webster » Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:36 am

Good report Oldman. Stob Ghabhar is one I'd like to go back to - will probably avoid going up the flank of the AE ridge next time tough.
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Re: A Benign AE Ridge

Postby monty » Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:53 am

Well done guys,
Excellent report and good pictures of the mini AE ridge. Looks like you had a realy enjoyable trip. :D

Re: A Benign AE Ridge

Postby baggervance » Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:01 pm

Nice little report. Good warm up for the big, scary AE ridge in Glencoe :shock:

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Re: A Benign AE Ridge

Postby PeteR » Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:00 pm

Great report of as good hill. I think this will be the only AE ridge I walk in the Highlands :lol: And that climb up to it......it's a toughy isn't it :lol:
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Re: A Benign AE Ridge

Postby dooterbang » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:41 am

Fab report with some nice shots.

Cracking couple of hills these.

Lot of family reports being posted, all good.
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