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Stob Ghabhar & Stob a'Choire Odhair
by xpfloyd » Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:15 pm
Route description: Stob Ghabhar and Stob a'Choire Odhair
Munros included on this walk: Stob a'Choire Odhair, Stob Ghabhar
Date walked: 09/09/2012
Time taken: 6 hoursRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
By 6:15 the 3 of us were on route to Victoria bridge. The weather was looking promising with the cloud looking like it was going to clear. By the time we were packed up and ready to go it was patchy but there was blue sky coming through. At the start of the walk we got a nice sunrise over the mountains further East.
Sunrise Over Beinn Achaladair and Beinn a'Chreachain by xpfloyd, on Flickr
The first section of the walk was fairly straight forward and the path after the green hut was well defined, so much so that the GPS was safely packed away in my bag and the map was folded away in my pocket. Unbeknown to us we had walked right past the right cut off we should have took part of the way up and were now following the path up towards Coirein Lochain instead of Stob a'Choire Odhair! (Im blaming the hangover)
When we had reached the Lochain and realised something wasnt quite right we decided it was best to continue onwards to do Stob Ghabhar first before retracing our steps and doing Stob a'Choire Odhair on the way back to the car. After the Lochain there is a steep section up towards couloir buttress with lots of loose scree but once you are up its fairly straight forward and the views were excellent when we got them. By this point the cloud was coming and going. The ridge walk along the next section is really good fun.
Stob a'Choire Odhair by xpfloyd, on Flickr
Stob Ghabhar by xpfloyd, on Flickr
Once the summit is reached there is a good little shelter that you can sit down inside to get protection from the elements. We sat there for a bit and had a bite to eat.
Richard decided that one was enough for the day and took the normal route back towards the car whilst me and gregor retraced our route down the scree and up Stob a'Choire Odhair at the other side. The cloud was there more than it wasnt now so views were minimal.
Upon leaving Stob a'Choire Odhair we headed down the zig-zag path which we should have came up 5 hours previously. This bit was a killer on the thighs. Once down and past the green hut we were getting some nice views towards the West of the clouds rolling in.
Glen Kinglas - Abhainn Shira by xpfloyd, on Flickr
Pretty soon we were back at the car and luckily Richard only had to wait about 45 minutes on us so it wasnt too bad. Two very enjoyable hills with some excellent views. With my fuzzy head gone it was now time to head down the road for a few hours sleep before nightshift. Oh the joys!
by Lenore » Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:09 pm
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by Alan S » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:18 pm
Cracking pics, especially the 1st one