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Grey Corries - lovely in white

Grey Corries - lovely in white


Postby fipriestley » Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:17 am

Munros included on this walk: Stob Bàn (Grey Corries)

Date walked: 05/02/2012

Time taken: 6 hours

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Day 2 from Tulloch, this one promised to be drier and brighter and didn't disappoint :D

Through Spean Bridge, past the 'no parking' sign then 'residents only' car park and through the first gate of the forest road, we parked where the road widened at a junction [tip for others heading out there: you could carry on for a bit further as there's also parking space nearer the second (locked) gate in this road]. Quite a long walk in sparking memories of Beinn Bhuidhe from last week's outing :o

Still quite near the start it looked as though someone was waiting ahead... but it was only The Wee Minister keeping a watchful eye :lol:
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The Wee Minister - loose change gratefully received

The path in was pretty slushy all the way to the bothy - first one I've been in! Bunks, fireplace, coal, few utensils, even a washing line and pegs.. this is a well maintained bothy, where we stopped for a bite to eat both on the way out and back.
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to the bothy and beyond - Stob Ban starts to clear


The climb was straight forward as the sky cleared more and the full hill was in clear view the whole way. Higher up the snow was very soft and blew around a little at one point, but the gradient meant this was a good walk and there was no repeat of the uncontrolled slides I'd had the previous day :lol: Lovely views at the top and lots of fun sliding down again in the snow - a great day out! :D :D

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climb starts in snow-dusted heather
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nearing top of the heather, summit in sight
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avoid the cornice

The only slightly precarious bit, on the way back we walked along the top of this part of the hill.. and that black cloud ahead soon disappeared
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getting closer


The summit pics - think I just stood and clicked in every direction :lol:
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Then the slides back down wheeeee :D :lol: :D
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squint and you can just about see the slides :)
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more slides :)

Feeling all warm and fuzzy knowing I've just been up there :) Also loving the patterns in the ice over the stream as it melts underneath (not so clear in this pic)
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Stob Ban
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Re: Grey Corries - lovely in white

Postby quoman » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:53 am

Hi fi
What happened to you in the first picture have you been using to much fake tan :lol: :lol: :lol:

some cracking picture's there and you like your bumslides down the way :lol:
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Re: Grey Corries - lovely in white

Postby paul2610 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:11 am

have planned to do this bunch in a few days and the thought of a slide really adds stars to it for me - just have to remember the thicker undies!

Just to check, where's the statue - I'll be starting at night and don't want any sudden heart shattering shocks to start the day off with, plus how thick is the snow on top now. A week ago the snow was fairly thin on top over above loch laggon but your photos show a different story.

cheers for posting.
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Re: Grey Corries - lovely in white

Postby pollyh33 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:26 pm

Beautiful photos Fi!

What a treat from the previous day- you deserve it! :D
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Re: Grey Corries - lovely in white

Postby Alan S » Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:29 pm

Good report and pics 8) love the pic of the 2 walkers with the summit in view 8)
Really fancy stob ban,thanks for posting
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Re: Grey Corries - lovely in white

Postby fipriestley » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:35 am

quoman wrote:Hi fi
What happened to you in the first picture have you been using to much fake tan :lol: :lol: :lol:

some cracking picture's there and you like your bumslides down the way :lol:

Thanks quoman.. this is why I get to tap my head for luck, 'touch wood' :lol: :lol: Slides are great! I'll miss them in the summer, won't be so fun in the mud!

paul2610 wrote:have planned to do this bunch in a few days and the thought of a slide really adds stars to it for me - just have to remember the thicker undies!

Just to check, where's the statue - I'll be starting at night and don't want any sudden heart shattering shocks to start the day off with, plus how thick is the snow on top now. A week ago the snow was fairly thin on top over above loch laggon but your photos show a different story.

cheers for posting.

Underthermals help with the slides Paul :lol: Statue is on a bend about 15-20mins walk in - the path zig-zags a bit here so as you're walking up the figure appears to be looking straight at you!
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Snow is pretty thin on the summit but just down from there it was not quite knee-high in places but very soft. Couple of times on the way down where I just ran/jumped through this as it wasn't slippy enough to sit and slide on. Can change a lot even in a few days though! Enjoy :)

pollyh33 wrote:Beautiful photos Fi!

What a treat from the previous day- you deserve it! :D

Thanks Polly - definitely a weekend of 2 halves! :lol:

alan s wrote:Good report and pics 8) love the pic of the 2 walkers with the summit in view 8)
Really fancy stob ban,thanks for posting

Thanks Alan. Go for it! :)
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