The Big Shepherd and Little Shepherd in a day
by clivew » Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:37 pm
Route description: Buachaille Etive Mor
Munros included on this walk: Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille Etive Beag), Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor), Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag), Stob na Broige (Buachaille Etive Mor)
Date walked: 02/06/2012
Time taken: 8.5 hours
Distance: 19.5 km
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It was a great day for walking, a bit of high cloud and at times a slight breeze but loads of sunshine and nothing to spoil the view.
I parked the car at Altnafeadh just after 8.00, the car park was already filling up so I knew I wouldn't be alone on this walk. Started walking at 8.20 and followed the path down to the River Coupall and across the footbridge; the path maintenance team have done a great job on the footpath up through the Coire na Tulaich, it is very easy to follow and steps most of the way. I soon warmed up and the fleece was in the bag after about 10 minutes never to be seen again all day. Reached the top of the ridge in just over an hour and was soon on the top of my first Munro of the day the impressive Stob Dearg. As I had presumed I wasn't alone and had a chat with a couple of other walkers before moving on.
I never fully understand the system for grading Munros, Corbetts etc. particularly when you look at B.E.M (please excuse the abrieviation) and in particular Stob na Doire which although standing at an impressive 1011m is down graded (because of it's proximity to Stob Dearg I presume). But it does make for a great walk along the ridge past Stob na Doire, Stob Coire Altruim and on along to Stob na Broige my second Munro of the day.
I stopped on the summit of Stob na Broige for brunch and chat with the other walkers who had gathered their, everyone else was heading back to the car park at Altnafeadh but my trek was only part way over. I was heading across the Lairig Gartain and up the other side to Buachaille Etive Beag.
The route down to the path in the Lairig Gartain is easy enough to follow, just retrace your steps back to the bealach below Stob Coire Altuim and follow the path north. It's an interesting route down, with a couple of short scrambles on the way. When I reached the path alongside the River Coupall I turned left up the Lairig Gartain whilst everyone else turned right and back to the car park.
I followed the path for about 1K until I reached the first large burn coming down from the bealach on Buachaille Etive Beag, turning right here there is a faint path which leads straight up to the lowest point on the Buachaille Etive Beag ridge above. The going up was fairly straight forward, the path keeps close to the right hand bank of the burn all the way to the top.
The ridge was pretty crowded with walkers; it is good to see so many people out enjoying themselves but its a bit strange when you are used to being pretty much on your own on the less popular walks. The views from here were great especially looking across to the Aonach Eagach Ridge.
I headed South West towards the summit of Stob Dubh first as that is the furthest from the bealach; I can honestly say I have never seen so many people on one summit, I didn't stay long.
Followed the ridge back along Buachaille Etive Beag towards Stob Coire Raineach, my legs started to cramp up a bit when I was heading up towards the summit but thankfully a good stretch and a rub eased it off.
It was 3.00 when I reached the last of the 4 Munro summits; what a great walk it had been I felt a real sense of achievement and it was a perfect day for attempting this walk.
I followed my route back to the Lairig Gartain and on down to the car park at Altnafeadh which I reached at about 4.45. I had promised to take the wife out for something to eat tonight so didn't stop off for a pint headed straight back to Edinburgh, tired but feeling pleased with myself.
by clivew » Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:58 pm
monty wrote:Excellent report Clivew, Me and Danrun done a similar walk to bag the four munros in one but just crossed the valley. We went reverse to you and dropped of the end of Stob Dubh and straight up the other side. Nice photos but looks busy.
Hi Monty, "busy" wasn't the word for it, I'm heading somewhere quiet next time out, but a great walk all the same.
by Tomsie » Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:20 pm
by skuk007 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:11 pm
by Fudgie » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:37 pm
by davetherave » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:50 pm
by clivew » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:30 pm
Tomsie wrote:Nice photo's, bit of a party going on up there
Just a bit, there were a party of boy (and girl) scouts plus two other reasonably sized groups of various ages. I was thinking of holding a raffle for some worthy cause but didn't have any tickets
by clivew » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:34 pm
Fudgie wrote:Thats a great effort. When I had descended to the Lairig Gartain I looked up at the wee Buchaille and thought sod that
Hi Fudgie, I must admit the same thought did cross my mind but it really was a great day and I knew I had loads of time to finish if I needed it. Another reason is I'm off to Skye in a couple of weeks and I needed the additional exercise under my belt.
by rockhopper » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:05 pm
by ngm1scot » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:32 pm
by Bod » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:10 pm
by clivew » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:24 pm
Bod wrote:Well Clive, well walked a some great pics......impressive time for all 4 of the munros. I've still the two wee ones to do. Cool self portrait!
Thanks Bod & everyone, a great day out really enjoyed this lot, it's so much easier when you know you have all the time in the world to complete. I'm off to Skye with my brother next week, got a guide booked (Jonah Jones) and weather permitting should get my 100 up while I'm there.