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Sunrise on the Little Shepherd of Etive

Sunrise on the Little Shepherd of Etive


Postby soulminer » Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:12 pm

Munros included on this walk: Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille Etive Beag), Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag)

Date walked: 22/09/2012

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Had decided ages ago to take the September weekend for a holiday, as I would have to work most of it otherwise. Discussed some plans with people, but timing and work prevented me having any company- I feel the waves of sympathy, but i am happy to have The Chaos Collies as my companions for the morning :lol:
The alarm kicked in at 03:00 and me and the troops readied ourselves for our trip. The Chaos Collies had their Hi-Viz vests and LED collars, and I had my headtorch- as it was going to be a dark one, well pitch black except for the stars 8) We set off from the carpark at 05:30, trying to catch sunrise at 07:05. The going was frosty, and in places icy, so we took our time when crossing the rock beside the many small streams on the path up. It just seems harder going in the dark with The Chaos Collies still on the lead for now, but raring to go :wink: A few small catch the breath stops and I decided to let them loose, funny to see them lighting up the hillside with their collars :lol: By the time we reache the bealach I could remove the head torch as it was beginning to light up a bit/ or my eyes were growing accustomed to the gloom. Up to Stob Coire Raineach first, the path here was even icier the below, so took our time.

My first photo of the day

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IMGP1331 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Stopped for a breather and called the dogs to give them a treat. I had spotted some deer near the summit so didn't want Glen and Arran to be off after them, after all they were flashing like 'Goddammed Aliums' enough to spook anything :shock: Glen spotted them and ran over to investigate, decide that he couldn't be bothered chasing them so bounded back for another treat. We reached the summit at 06:45, and it was COLD, another layer required whilst I waited for the sun to pop up. The dogs were running about sniffing out the deer. It was looking promising today, as I hoped it would.

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IMGP1340 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1349 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Some fog filling in some of the low points :)

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IMGP1352 by BoydBlair, on Flickr


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IMGP1354 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

A look behind

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IMGP1355 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1358 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1362 by BoydBlair, on Flickr


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IMGP1375 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Zoomed shot

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IMGP1378 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1380 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

A most enjoyable morning so far, exactly what I had hoped for. The dogs having a ball as well- great to be out early 8)

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IMGP1392 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1393 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

The surrounding tops starting to light up, and bathed in Alpenglow- lovely

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IMGP1395 by BoydBlair, on Flickr


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IMGP1398 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Spent ages enjoying the view, then moved on towards Stob Dubh with Glen and Arran still as eager.

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IMGP1404 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

A few pics of the our surrounding and a small repast stop :)

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IMGP1405 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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Wandered on just delighting in the scenery, the frost and ice now melting in the glow of the sun. The sound of 'roaring ' for the stags filling the glens. The Chaos Collies up ahead as always and waiting for me just before the summit- wanting photographed like the posers they are :wink:

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IMGP1420 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

The usual wee wander to the end for another pose, before turning about and heading back.

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IMGP1422 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

The Ben without headgear :)

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IMGP1427 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1428 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1429 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

A final wee stop for treats and off towards the car. Wandering down I met a few fellow Walk Highlanders, Alastair Sinclair from Crieff- the only one who mentioned their name, and two groups of two, you know who you are :lol: Well Hello to you all :wave:
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Re: Sunrise on the Little Shepard of Etive

Postby raykilhams » Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:20 pm

Now that is what I call scenery , great for the soul fab pics thanks soulminder
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Re: Sunrise on the Little Shepard of Etive

Postby pigeon » Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:22 pm

Brilliant pics SM,your early start was well worth it.Hope this is the start of a good autumn and winter after a mince summer :thumbup:
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Re: Sunrise on the Little Shepard of Etive

Postby Stuart Angus » Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:00 pm

Show off :D 8)..................impressive stuff.................not the getting up at 0330, thats normal for you.........the pictures(especially the zoomed one), they're excellent 8)
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Re: Sunrise on the Little Shepherd of Etive

Postby mrssanta » Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:24 pm

words are not enough. fabulous!
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Re: Sunrise on the Little Shepherd of Etive

Postby londonwalker » Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:52 am

Saw the first picture and thought "these are goona be great" Wasn't disappointed :clap:
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Re: Sunrise on the Little Shepherd of Etive

Postby Stretch » Sun Sep 23, 2012 3:59 am

Wow, I remember the view from there very well, but it's more impressive with that sunrise. Excellent stuff!
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Re: Sunrise on the Little Shepherd of Etive

Postby ChrisW » Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:55 am

What a fantastic hike Soulminer, getting out there early really paid off. You look to have the very best of company with you too :D Those two look to be having a great time. Some great photo's but IMG 1422 really captures it all in one, beautiful :clap: :D
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Re: Sunrise on the Little Shepherd of Etive

Postby Lenore » Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:57 am

Well worth the early rise! Lovely pictures.
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Re: Sunrise on the Little Shepherd of Etive

Postby wilkiemurray » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:29 am

fantastic pictures - love the zoomed one of Schiehallion- good reward for the early start!! :crazy: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Sunrise on the Little Shepherd of Etive

Postby soulminer » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:44 am

Cheers all :thumbup:

your early start was well worth it


not the getting up at 0330, thats normal for you


getting out there early really paid off


Well worth the early rise!


The early rise is, as Stuart Angus has pointed out, a symptom of ingrained working proceedures, I don't have a choice :lol: The dogs are just dragged out with me cause I hate to see them enjoying their rest :twisted: - after all a shepherd needs its Collies :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Sunrise on the Little Shepherd of Etive

Postby Bruno » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:20 am

In a word - STUNNING!! Watch out Colin Prior!!
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Re: Sunrise on the Little Shepherd of Etive

Postby coachmacca » Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:00 pm

Now thats a walk! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Pictures are truly stunning and the dogs look great companions!
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Re: Sunrise on the Little Shepherd of Etive

Postby Fudgie » Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:37 pm

Well worth the early rise and it must have been a great feeling to watch the sun come up on such a clear morning :clap:

I've also added you as a contact on flickr (lmcf photography) incase you wonder who it is :wink:
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Re: Sunrise on the Little Shepard of Etive

Postby dogplodder » Sun Sep 23, 2012 3:37 pm

raykilhams wrote:Now that is what I call scenery , great for the soul fab pics thanks soulminder


So...... do you mind souls or mine for them? Intriguing name. 8)

Fabulous pics and those collies are so well behaved! :angel: My two did their best to impersonate them :lol: at top of Beinn Airigh Charr last week.
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