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5 in Glen Etive
by Gavin99 » Sun May 13, 2012 12:56 pm
Route description: Ben Starav and Glas Bheinn Mhor
Munros included on this walk: Beinn nan Aighenan, Ben Starav, Glas Bheinn Mhor, Meall nan Eun, Stob Coir an Albannaich
Date walked: 13/05/2012
Time taken: 9 hours
Distance: 25 km
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The path winds up beside the burn past some lovely waterfalls before turning up the long ridge to Ben Starav . This part of the day was a real slog , not steep but just relentless , 1000m in 3km first thing in the morning is a great way to get warmed up , height is gained quickly though and I reckon that once you top Ben Starav the hardest part of the day is over .
The summit was hidden in cloud and had a fair bit of snow , only the briefest of glimpses across Loch Etive to Beinn Trilleachan and its fantastic looking slabs , this must be a glorious viewpoint on a clear day .
The route onwards to Stob Coire Dearg needed a bit of care , a short drop with steep snow on either side , I picked my way down axe in hand to reach the narrow rocky ridge before scrambling along its crest to reach the peak ,from there I had good views of the route ahead .
From the 767m bealach an obvious path contours down towards the lower 600m bealach, from there it was a pleasant climb up to Beinn nan Aighenan over slabs and low crags of granite ,thankfully the summit was clear and some nice views were to be had .
Descending to the 600m point again I chose a line to pick up the ridge leading onwards to Glas Bheinn Mhor , this easy ridge has a good path and before long I was on the summit of the third Munro of the day , its cairn complete with mini snowman .
A straightforward descent brought me to the bealach above the Allt Mheuran , decision time !
I had plenty food ,water and daylight left , more importantly no body parts appeared to be in imminent danger of falling off/bursting , I decided to carry on to the two eastern Munros .
I started the steep climb up towards Stob Coir an Albannaich, finding this tough going over rocks and loose scree but eventually reached the wide plateau , skirting around the head of the corrie to reach the summit , and a very busy summit it was too . I hadn’t met a soul all day , suddenly coming across a dozen people must have startled me , so much so that I totally forgot to take any photos !
Descending east I was keeping a good lookout for the second grassy rake to descend , the WH description is good here , just after a raised area of slabby granite the obvious path cuts off north marked by a small cairn . Once across a boggy bealach the route leads over some lovely pavement to the minor summit of Meall Tarsuinn , from here I could see the final ascent of the day to Meall nan Eun .
One final pull brought me to the wide plateau of the summit , a fine mossy expanse , Stob Gabhair seeming surprisingly close .
From the summit a nice wander NW over gently falling ground brought me to the head of Coirean Riabhach , from here the route descends on steep sodden grass over rocks and broken crags , not in any way pleasant , especially at the end of a long day . Eventually the valley floor is reached and a decent path is picked up alongside Allt Ceitlin ,as I walked out the sun was lighting up the vast areas of slab below Stob Coir an Albannaich , spectacular .
Lower down the glen a good track develops which turns to head south along the River Etive to the bridge at Coileitir , passing through some nice woodland , a cuckoo singing rounding off the day nicely .
I was back at the car park just under 9 hours after setting off , a long day during which I pushed on a good bit harder than I normally would , nice to be able to do it but I think I’ll revert to my usual, more civilised pace for a while .
by dooterbang » Sun May 13, 2012 1:03 pm
I did the 5 (my 1st solo walk) in the sunshine and remember the pull up to Meall nan Eun epic.
So you think you'll revert back to your normal pace...i think you'll find you may not, now you've entered a new dimension
by Gavin99 » Sun May 13, 2012 1:09 pm
dooterbang wrote:So you think you'll revert back to your normal pace...i think you'll find you may not, now you've entered a new dimension
I don't know about that , feeling it today , definitely in the 'walking wounded' category
by Meatball » Sun May 13, 2012 2:01 pm
I tried this at the end of a massive week last summer...
My legs were gone after 3, so retreated, cursing in the blazing sun. Still a good day, even if I was disappointed with myself.
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by Bod » Sun May 13, 2012 2:57 pm
Great effort taking in all five, and I love the view down towards Cruachan, rest well
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