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Glen Etive cracker

Glen Etive cracker


Postby pigeon » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:11 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn nan Aighenan, Ben Starav, Glas Bheinn Mhor

Date walked: 29/04/2012

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 19.4 km

Ascent: 1935m

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Ben Starav,had been thinking of this one and the two near by munro's for a while but having been in Glen Etive recently to climb Albannaich and meall nan Eun on a misty wet day had wanted to bide our time for a good forecast.Sunday was it,90% per cent chance of cloud free tops so we were on,a reduced crew of 2,(me and big Jim)set of early and were walking for just after 8.
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1st target Starav
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1st target Starav
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It's a long pull up Ben Starav but i expected it to be worse than it was,we paced ourselves,taking wee breathers every now and then ,enjoyed great views the higher we got and made the top in about 2 and a half hours.
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big man working up a sweat
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starav top becomes clear
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wee breather before last pull
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jim on starav ,cruachan in the background
Just short of the top we bumped into Walkhighlands regular Soulminer.Had a good wee blether with him,think he said that was his 100th munro on his second round and his last munro on his first round and he was heading down to pitch his tent and then walk up Beinn Trilleachan.Respect due to that man :thumbup: ,Anyway,great views on starav but no hanging about ,it was pretty cold in the wind so set off towards the wee arete taking our time on a wee slippy icy bit before finding a sheltered spot for a bite.
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down loch etive
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taking our time on this bit
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beinn nan aighenan
Next target beinn nan aighenan didn't look that far away so we headed down dumped the bags behind some rocks and began the climb.This was the hardest part of the day for me,quite a bit of height was lost between the 2 hills and i was well glad to reach the top,a great viewpoint this.
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nice wee arete
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much relief on glas beinn mhor
Back down to re-claim the bags then the climb up to meall nan tri tighearnan,beggining to tire a bit now and the last push up glas beinn mhor was tough but we got there eventually and sat for a wee while before heading down the glen finding a nice spot for the soup.
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at last beinn nan aighenan
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the ben
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cruachan hills from beinn nan aighenan
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jim takes a snooze with starav in the background
An enjoyable walk back,talking about how much we love a cool beer and got back to the car in 9 hours dead.A note was under the wiper on jim's motor "LOOK UNDER THE WHEEL -FROM KEV",and there they were, 2 bottles of stella.Kev had been out in his camper van with the missus ,spotted jim's motor and left a wee treat for the thirsty walkers,best bottle of beer ever that's for sure :lol: :lol: :lol: .
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stob coir an albannaich
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A great day,maybe the best equal yet,tough but great weather and good crack,rounded off with a couple of swift drinks in the kingshouse.
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Re: Glen Etive cracker

Postby soulminer » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:40 pm

Not only did we meet, we were parked next door as well :lol: Mines was the green Chevvy Estate with the 'Collie on board' sticker :) Certainly got a whole heap warmer as the day wore on, the beers would have chilled you both out !
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Re: Glen Etive cracker

Postby Gavin99 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:48 pm

Lovely stuff , looking forward to these soon , what a treat that Stella must have been , very well deserved :D
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Re: Glen Etive cracker

Postby tamw51 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:53 pm

What a day you's had, i was down in the borders and had no idea the weather was so good up north! bet that was a sweet tasting stella, well earned nice one! :D
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Re: Glen Etive cracker

Postby pollyh33 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:12 pm

Brillllllllllllliant Pigeon!!!!

These are the best photos I have seen of these hills. They have really helped me visualise what to expect when I get round to taking them on :lol:

Can't believe how jammy you were finding two beers at your car :D :D


Loved this report and will be hopefully be consulting it soon 8)

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Re: Glen Etive cracker

Postby PeteR » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:06 pm

Excellent stuff pigeon :D Especially on getting the three done in one trip. I found the two of Starav and GBM enough for me. And as has already been said, great photos to boot :D

Not bad to find two beers when you returned either :D Can't think of a better way to end a walk 8)
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Re: Glen Etive cracker

Postby Bod » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:13 pm

Superb guys, well walked........I'm fancying a beer now too! :lol:
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Re: Glen Etive cracker

Postby pigeon » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:24 pm

Bod wrote:Superb guys, well walked........I'm fancying a beer now too! :lol:
PeteR wrote:Excellent stuff pigeon :D Especially on getting the three done in one trip. I found the two of Starav and GBM enough for me. And as has already been said, great photos to boot :D

Not bad to find two beers when you returned either :D Can't think of a better way to end a walk 8)
Gavin99 wrote:Lovely stuff , looking forward to these soon , what a treat that Stella must have been , very well deserved :D
tamw51 wrote:What a day you's had, i was down in the borders and had no idea the weather was so good up north! bet that was a sweet tasting stella, well earned nice one! :D
Aye thought the note on the window was someone moaning about the parking or somethin',a rare treat indeed :lol: :lol:
pollyh33 wrote:Brillllllllllllliant Pigeon!!!!

These are the best photos I have seen of these hills. They have really helped me visualise what to expect when I get round to taking them on :lol:

Can't believe how jammy you were finding two beers at your car :D :D


Loved this report and will be hopefully be consulting it soon 8)

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It's a great hike polly and in that weather even someone as hopeless as me with the camera could get a decent pic or 2 :lol: :lol: You should check out Soulminer's report ,his photies are top drawer :D
soulminer wrote:Not only did we meet, we were parked next door as well :lol: Mines was the green Chevvy Estate with the 'Collie on board' sticker :) Certainly got a whole heap warmer as the day wore on, the beers would have chilled you both out !
The early bird gets the good parking spot SM :lol: :lol: just as well it was pretty busy up there later on,hope you enjoyed your camp,braw day for it :thumbup:
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Re: Glen Etive cracker

Postby mrssanta » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:55 pm

Great stuff Pigeon. we did these three in one go but didn't have the sense to dump the bags. Beinn nan aighenan was a hard slog.
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Re: Glen Etive cracker

Postby 2dalmatians » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:58 pm

Love it pigeon, and the last pic is a cracker...I'm off to check the fridge now :lol: :lol:
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Re: Glen Etive cracker

Postby Sarah86 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:58 pm

I love Glen Etive but not quite ready for the munros in that direction! Lovely to see the views from up there, really stunning.
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Re: Glen Etive cracker

Postby ScottishLeaf » Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:32 pm

Looks like you had the same weather we did on Ben Vorlich (LL) on Sunday, felt like we could see half the hills in Scotland, I'm sure Starav was one of them.. :lol:
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Re: Glen Etive cracker

Postby Frigate » Tue May 01, 2012 12:30 am

Some times you've just got to look after the boys. After a scorching weekend 8) in Oban/Ledaig decided to return home via Ballachulish and Glencoe, with a little wander down Glen Etive to check some spots for wild camping. Had a nice cup of tea parked up next to Jim's car and spent sometime looking at the tops with the old Binos :sick:
Then headed up to the Kingshouse for a late lunch :D
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Little and large but we have the fridge

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Mrs R had no soup, will this do?

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One for the future Ben More of Mull

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Nice being a tourist


Legs and beer ready for Kintail, including my naff green boots.
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Re: Glen Etive cracker

Postby jonny616 » Tue May 01, 2012 11:08 am

Lucky buggers. Well done on the three. I missed BaA when i did the two had had to trudge back out there on me own :lol:
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Re: Glen Etive cracker

Postby Mountainlove » Tue May 01, 2012 12:15 pm

wow what a day! Makes me want to go back and do them again! Hopefully we are all in for agood May! Hills in conditions like that are just amazing!!
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