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Grey Corries

Grey Corries


Postby soulminer » Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:41 pm

Munros included on this walk: Stob Ban (Grey Corries), Stob Choire Claurigh, Stob Coire an Laoigh

Date walked: 19/08/2012

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This walk was supposed to be weather dependant, three choices.We passed the first choice on the road up, clear- but didn't stop :) Mags choice,Doogz, Nelson and I just played along. Headed into The Fort and the weather for the Grey Corries looked slightly less inviting - the clue is in the first part of Corries :) Across the horizon the third choice didn't look promising eithers.
The Grey Corries it was then. The drive up the 'track' to the parking spot at the junction out of the forest was in danger of ripping the exhaust off the car, certainly much worse than previous visits here. A few cars here already, and it was 0830. Readied ourselves quickly as the 'plague' had descended and was causing havoc.
Set off at a cracking pace, thanks to Mags being in a hurry :lol: I think she was trying to remove herself from the onslaught of hilarity, mostly at her expense :lol: Compass routes, Red October and Baywatch being a few :wink: Past the Minister and up and on through the gate, then taking a stop to delayer and refresh- might be a little cloudy ,but it was indeed warm. An occasional blast of sunshine poked through cheering us up as we strode along, at a more sedate pace due to the clamminess. Another stop for Mags to change a lace with the view ahead

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The first view of Target 1

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Kept the pace up still filling the air with hilarity- not just Mags as the victim :lol: Reached the Leacach Bothy and another refreshment.

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It was brightning up a bit above us ,but there were still clouds on the horizon, and the second target had a hat on.

The Innses and the bothy

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The view of Stob Ban from the path

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Some cloudier areas

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It was turning out to be an enjoyable day, not as bad as we thought when in the Fort. Still some lingering cloud about but we were confident of fine views all day :wink:
Nelson stopped us in our tracks as he spotted a family of Ptarmigan.

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This proved to be about the only wildlife spotted today, a part for a raven on the next Stob.

Stob Ban's final climb

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Doogz and Mags

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Ptarmigan spotter, Nelson

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At last the summit, with me to spoil it for you :lol:

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A bit to eat,a drink and off to Stob Choire Claurigh, which was to clear for our arrival :) Mags doesn't like scree, so this part was not to be the best part of her day :wink:

Our descent route :lol:

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We sat at the bottom watching her struggle, gentlemen we ain't :clap: But did shout some encouragement :wink:

A view from the bealach

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We gathered forces and marched onward. Watching the cloud disappear as we gained the summit :) Doogz was delighted- another summit with a view ticked of his 'unseen whilst bagging' list :lol: Stopped to take some snaps, and was joined by Alan from Inverness- a member of this site, hello Alan :wave:
Another couple of intrepids joined us for a time, before we headed on to the Ridge proper.

The usual Ridge pic :D

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A few more along the way

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Doogz and Mags

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I thought this was one of the best pics I took on the day, personally- Stob Ban

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Sgurr Choinnich Mor, Aonach Beag and Nevis

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We decided not to do SCMor as Mags could do this as a single from Glen Nevis. We headed of to the bealach and took the 'Goat track' across to cut out the top

Nelson on point :)

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The last photos of the day

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Headed out towards the dam, and out the 'firm', forestry track back to the car. A very enjoyable day, a good day for Mags- 3 Munros, reaching 190 :clap:
Cheers.
Last edited by soulminer on Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:20 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Grey Corries

Postby dogplodder » Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:13 pm

I'm with Mags not liking scree - and folk watching just makes it worse! :? :lol:

Looks a good route though with your usual excellent photos. How long did it take?
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Re: Grey Corries

Postby soulminer » Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:17 pm

Hi dp,
I think it took about 7/8 hrs, was not counting :lol:
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Re: Grey Corries

Postby SMRussell » Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:01 pm

Some rather nice pics there. Did these back in July but heading the other way. Can't say I'd have fancied heading down the scree on Stob Ban!

I've noticed you're using a Pentax X90 Digital Camera and getting good results. We've been carting DSLRs up into the hills and have been considering a smaller more practical piece of kit. The other half has sorted himself with a jazzy little Sony but I wondered how do you find the Pentax in terms of weight, size and ability to whip it out whenever something picture worthy comes into view? Also - can you shoot in RAW?
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Re: Grey Corries

Postby soapy27 » Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:40 pm

Great report and fantastic photos .Nice one :clap:
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Re: Grey Corries

Postby Stuart Angus » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:35 pm

Very nice sm, very nice indeed 8)
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Re: Grey Corries

Postby Johnny Corbett » Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:52 pm

Good stuff, similar day to what i got. Wish i'd taken the firm track back to the car, that would be your best decision of the day :wink:
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