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Buachaille Etive Beag

Buachaille Etive Beag


Postby gman » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:28 pm

Route description: Buachaille Etive Beag

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

Date walked: 09/02/2012

Time taken: 5.15 hours

Distance: 8 km

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Forecast was misty at Glencoe so wasn't expecting any views. Pretty quick up & back this one. After the Buachaille Etive Mor layby there's 40mph signs for HGVs, round the bend then layby next to cairn. Good path starts at layby & heads up Lairig Eilde, hill path branches to left after short distance.
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Height gained quickly, snow melting on the way up.
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Path is icy, grippier snow around the path. Met some guys who had stopped on the way up, it was actually pretty warm compared with last week.
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Got to bealach, not much to see in mist.
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Straight up Stob Coire Raineach, steep with plenty of false summits. Cairn:
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Back down & noticed cairn at bealach.
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Then up to ridge, noticed other guys practising self arrests etc. Snow & cloud pretty bright & could feel headache coming on - should have brought sunglasses! Steep climb up start of ridge, then cairn:
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Onwards, couldn't see down in cloud/mist so no worries.
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Suddenly cleared & got a view, bit of a shock after cosy mist.
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Got to summit cairn:
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Onwards again:
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Was clearing in bits on the way back, so tried to get camera out in time for pics:
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Looking back:
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Better view of ridge:
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Stob Coire Raineach & arty rainbow :lol:
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View back:
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Blue skies at last - Buachaille Etive Mor (I think):
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& yet another view back:
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Met other guys at start of ridge, finally weather was clearing:
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Back down to bealach:
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Shortish walk back to car park after this, cracking hill with a lot of features if you don't have time for a 9 hour trek.
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Re: Buachaille Etive Beag

Postby Fudgie » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:07 pm

Excellent pictures and this is high on my to do list.
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Re: Buachaille Etive Beag

Postby ChrisW » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:33 pm

wow- stunning pics toward the end there gman, including the 'arty' ones :lol:
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Re: Buachaille Etive Beag

Postby skuk007 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:03 pm

Good pics gman, that mist certainly gave you good conditions for those arty shots, like them a lot. :)
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Re: Buachaille Etive Beag

Postby gman » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:08 pm

skuk007 wrote:Good pics gman, that mist certainly gave you good conditions for those arty shots, like them a lot. :)


Downside is mist shows up all blemishes on sensor/lens - smudge halfway down right hand side :? . Gave lens annual wipe so hopefully Ok now :)
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Re: Buachaille Etive Beag

Postby quoman » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:54 pm

Like the picture's when the mist cleared looked like you where a bit close to the edge in one of them :lol:
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