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The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday

The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday


Postby nathan79 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:57 pm

Route description: Buachaille Etive Beag

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

Date walked: 03/04/2012

Distance: 8.65 km

Ascent: 900m

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Having already enjoyed a fortnight off work, i still had a week more to go prior to the WH meet in Kintail. Fantastic forecasts in most areas, but i decided on Glencoe as my warm-up. I hadn't been up that way since June of last year, additionally i knew Mr and Mrs Mountainster were also there for a week.
Decided on Buachaille Etive Beag for the first sun-drenched trek and Alan was up for revisiting it. Swung by for him about 9 and parked and off about 9:15.
Chilly down in the glen, about 5°C as we set off, but it was clear we'd soon be showered in golden rays of sunlight.
"We should do the Aonach Eagach instead, fine day for it." Said Mountainstar jokingly (or so i thought as i laughed it off), he was serious! He left me to chew on the issue and consider it for the next day, and i couldn't put a count on the number of times i looked over at that toothy ridge over the course of the day.
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The AE basking in the sunshine and heavy in my thoughts.


A sensible evening the night before in the Clachaig, but a mere 2 pints of Kelpie ale had left me with an annoying pulsing head.
A good path all the way up to the bealach. Stopped for a wee chat with a couple with two lovely dogs who'd come up and over Stob Coire Raineach and were on their way down.
Arrived at the bealach and Alan suggested doing Stob Coire Raineach first and saving what was a cracking ridge walk to the Stob Dubh for last. So we made our way up the rocky slope to Munro number were we sat down and enjoyed the views, sunshine and a spot of grub.
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Mountainstar approaching the top of yet another mountain.

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Must work on my posing.

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Bellis Backed by Bidean


Food and photos done, we made our way back down and over towards the ridge leading to the second peak of the day. One patch of snow to cross, given the heat i was tempted to plunge my head into it, and we were soon winding our way up to Stob Dubh.
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The big Bookil side-on


There had been a breeze on summit 1, but on here there was no hint of wind and we enjoyed some July-esque heat. Sat down for another bite, pictures and to savour the views. I was even kind enough to upload a pic to Facebook so fellow WHers not out enjoying the sun could share in our fun(not just to rub it in, honestly!) A tad hazy but there were great views to be had over and past Loch Etive, the Nevis range, Bidean nam Bian and of course the AE.
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Stob Dubh summit. Cap and shades required.

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Bidean and there's that ridge again, staring at me.


Time came at last to hoist the rucsacs once more and head back down to ground level. Stopped on the way to chat to a couple of guys who'd make another appearance the next day as they were on their way up.
A fantastic day in the sunshine baggin my 3rd and 4th of the week, tshirt tan topped up and a full 2L of water guzzled.
After much consideration throughout this trek i'd decided that unless there was some freak torrential downpour/superfrost/hurricane strength winds forming overnight that i was up for Mountainstar's suggestion of the Aonach Eagach the following day.

Eeeeek! :o
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Re: The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday

Postby SusieThePensioner » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:11 pm

nathan79 wrote:I was even kind enough to upload a pic to Facebook so fellow WHers not out enjoying the sun could share in our fun(not just to rub it in, honestly!)

It was really kind of you, Nathan, and I wasn't jealous at all when I saw it as I was out in the garden enjoying the sun, just didn't have those fabulous views :lol: :lol:

Enjoyed your report and seeing those wonderful photos :thumbup:
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Re: The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday

Postby mrssanta » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:19 pm

Fantastic, what a brilliant day. Aonach Eagach tr eagerly awaited :lol:
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Re: The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday

Postby monty » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:56 pm

Nice report nathan. What a fabulous week of sunshine walking you had. Looking forward to reading about the AE. :D
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Re: The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday

Postby mountainstar » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:02 pm

Absolutely brilliant day Nathan, so glad I could say "I was there when it was 70 degrees in March."
And thanks for the company, we had a great few days together
Here's the video link....

My pics to follow....
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Re: The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday

Postby mountainstar » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:07 pm

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Re: The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday

Postby 147cjl » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:08 pm

that looks stunning - Bidean Nam Bian looks like a monster from there. Amazing the weather was so nice and now it's like January
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Re: The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday

Postby nathan79 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:07 pm

I'm so glad i didn't slip/trip/fall on that little snow patch!

Bidean is definitely on my to do list having had such good views of it from two viewpoints last week.
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Re: The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday

Postby Graeme D » Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:57 pm

Stunning Nathan. The walk and the weather that is - not your posing! :lol: Chalk and cheese compared to my day out with Kev on this one! :shock:
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Re: The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday

Postby scoob999 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:07 pm

Thanks for posting Nathan :D
I think this is the only one of two reports iv'e read that make this seem do-able for me :D
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Re: The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday

Postby nathan79 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:31 pm

scoob999 wrote:Thanks for posting Nathan :D
I think this is the only one of two reports iv'e read that make this seem do-able for me :D


Compared to the scree-y ascent on the big Bookil, it's little brother is an utter delight. (and of course you get such a great view of the big one from it)
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Re: The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday

Postby jonny616 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:29 am

You certainly picked the right time to be off work :lol:

I'm lucky enough to have done these in similar weather. One of my fav walks 8)
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Re: The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday

Postby ciderpeter » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:21 pm

Ah so thats what it looks like! The ridgefelt impressive when I was on it, just couldn't see it lol!! Thanks for sharing your views - very jealous!!

I see that hairy patch of snow on Stob Dubh is still there too :)
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Re: The Wee Bookil on a tropical Tuesday

Postby Del246 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:22 pm

Another great report and on my to do list. How narrow is the ridge to the second munro ??
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