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Mountaineering at Buachaille Etive Beag

Mountaineering at Buachaille Etive Beag

Postby fipriestley » Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:12 pm

Route description: Buachaille Etive Beag

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

Date walked: 23/12/2011

Time taken: 5 hours

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Perfect day for this walk - clear, bright, crisp, mainly dry, not much wind, and I'm told I officially became a mountaineer (due to needing ice axe; managed without crampons but did wear snow/ice grips although they kept falling off!) :D

steep steps to start with, not much snow on lower ground

climbing reveals snow ahead

Straightforward climb to the top of Stob Coire Raineach, only passing smaller patches of snow on the way
from Stob Coire Raineach summit

Stob Coire Raineach summit view

Not sure who won the debate about whether Stob Coire Raineach should be classified as a Munro, since it was discovered later and not on the original list of Hugh Munro - guess it depends on your definition of a Munro, as in based on height vs discovered by the man himself :lol:

looking across to Stob Dubh from Stob Coire Raineach

The climb up Stob Dubh was a little trickier.. could have used crampons, but snow/ice was still in patches so I went with the little velcro grips I bought last week. Seemed like a good plan, but they did keep falling off as they're only fairly thin strips with a single strap around the top of the boot. Still, I didn't fall any more than usual :)

heading up to ridge over Stob Dubh

nearing summit of Stob Dubh

made it to the top :)

Walked along to the further view point, but clouds were coming in so didn't get great views. On the way back down, the quickest way was to slide.. so I got in some more self arrest practice and giggled like a kid all the way down :lol:

slid back down wheeee :)
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Re: Mountaineering at Buachaille Etive Beag

Postby rockhopper » Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:05 am

Nice one fi :thumbup: The scree track coming down Stob Dubh in summer can be tricky enough so probably somewhat worse in snow/ice - well done :D cheers
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Re: Mountaineering at Buachaille Etive Beag

Postby quoman » Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:43 pm

Hi fipriestley.

Nice report fi always good to get out cant wait till friday when am going oot up to mayar / Driesh hopfully :D
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