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In the words of Britney...Gimme Gimme Mor!

In the words of Britney...Gimme Gimme Mor!


Postby shelbyandamonkey » Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:11 pm

Route description: Buachaille Etive Mor

Munros included on this walk: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor), Stob na Broige (Buachaille Etive Mor)

Date walked: 12/09/2012

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1110m

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2 years ago Mike and I went camping in Fort William. It was right at the start of our hillwalking career. We had hardly any money and no car, having just recently returned from 12 months living and travelling in Oz. We took a bus from Dundee to Glasgow, then the Citylink to Fort William, humphing our camping gear with us. Mikes from the Midlands and had never been to Scotland before he moved up, and the closest I'd been to the highlands was a flat I shared in Aberdeen city centre!

That bus journey will stay in my mind forever... It was drizly and cold, but my god the scenery was astounding...coming accross Rannoch Moor we couldn't sit still, darting all over the bus to get better view out either side, when suddenly a beautiful terrifying monster appeared ahead out of the gloom, looking dark, forboding and utterly inpenetrable. We later found out this mountain was The Big Buachaille, The Shepard...Buachaille Etive Mor, and since that moment we craved to get closer. I reckon it was that sight that solidified our growing hill obsession.

We passed by however this time, onwards to Fort William. A year later, still skint and with no car, we attended a friends birthday at The Clachaig in January. Again we seen The Big Buach, but snow covered, it's gullys glistening with ice....way beyond our reach again...

3 weeks ago, after 3 years we finally got a wee motor. The next day we left at 6am for Glencoe. Nothing beats the excitement of that freedom after 2 years of trips planned 4 weeks in advance, and dictated by Scotrail and Citylink. Environment and CO2 emmissions...I am sorry!

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That view...




We took the route from Altnafeadh, laughing at Dougal Haston and his graffitti that happened not too far away, up Coire na Tulaiche to the ridge.

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From there to the summit of Stob Dearg and those amazing vistas over Rannoch Moor.

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Looking back down Coire Na Tulaich

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We contunued along the ridge in wind, rain and shine, and over Sto na Doire. Looking back you can see where the 'Stob Dearg' name comes from, the slopes really do appear red.

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Looking ahead along the ridge to Stob Na Doire, with Stob Na Broige peaking out in the distance



Onwards and up to Stob Na Broige, with lovely views down Glen Etive, and nothing but mountains in every direction. sparkling in the sun.

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Here we met a lovely guy who had sold me my boots in Tiso Dundee months before, and regaled us with imodest stories of his long distance routes all over the UK. From here we retarced our steps to the bottom of Stob Coire Altruim, and took the steep, wet and slippery rocky path down the Alt Coire Altruim, which seemed so long at this stage with my achey left knee. We reached the floor of the Lairig Gartain and it was a straightforward walk back to the car, with towering peaks all around. Here we seen the Citylink go past on it's way to Fort William, and I gave it a wee wave of thanks.

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We popped into the Kings House Hotel for a hot drink on our way home and met these young chaps...

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I apologise in advance, I think I may be blocking the site soon with TRs now we have our wee car, were never going to be out of the hills :D
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Re: In the words of Britney...Gimme Gimme Mor!

Postby weescotsman » Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:24 pm

I know the feeling well, I too had passed by and marvelled at this massive mountain guarding the entrance to Glencoe until I finally conquered it a couple of months ago. Unfortunately it was a bit wet and claggy but in between the showers the views opened up across Rannoch moor etc. Simply stunning. One of the best climbs I've done.
:D :D :D

Congrats on conquering it.....
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Re: In the words of Britney...Gimme Gimme Mor!

Postby gammy leg walker » Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:47 pm

Great wee story behind this,still to get these two done,long may you continue climbing & posting TRs.
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Re: In the words of Britney...Gimme Gimme Mor!

Postby Bod » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:03 pm

Wonderful and may your wheels take you to loads more cracking places, loved this route too :D :D :clap:
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Re: In the words of Britney...Gimme Gimme Mor!

Postby shelbyandamonkey » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:53 am

Cheers guys, I'm always a wee bit anxious posting reports but getting your lovely feedback has put a big smile on my face :D Tonight I'll stick up my report from last weeks Cairngorms trip. :thumbup:
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Re: In the words of Britney...Gimme Gimme Mor!

Postby dogplodder » Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:04 pm

Been itching to get up there all year but so far haven't managed. Your report has just made me want to all the more! :mrgreen:
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Re: In the words of Britney...Gimme Gimme Mor!

Postby Sabbathstevie » Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:22 pm

What an enjoyable read, with photos to match! Thank you for sharing, I hope I get a day like you did when i finally get round to this beast! :clap:
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Re: In the words of Britney...Gimme Gimme Mor!

Postby pigeon » Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:40 pm

Great story ,no stopping you's now you've got wheels :thumbup: Good luck on your future adventures :D
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Re: In the words of Britney...Gimme Gimme Mor!

Postby LeithySuburbs » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:26 pm

Aye, couldn't live without my car - endless possibilities await :D .
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Re: In the words of Britney...Gimme Gimme Mor!

Postby rockhopper » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:34 pm

great stuff - glad you got a good day for it, the views are stunning - cheers :)
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Re: In the words of Britney...Gimme Gimme Mor!

Postby SMRussell » Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:34 pm

dogplodder wrote:Been itching to get up there all year but so far haven't managed. Your report has just made me want to all the more! :mrgreen:


Agreed and also very green with envy. I've being eyeing these tantalising treats for too long!!

Great snaps :thumbup:
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Re: In the words of Britney...Gimme Gimme Mor!

Postby scooby0511 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:36 pm

Cracking photographs, a walk I would like to do before the snow comes, although in some reports the snow makes it more interesting. Well done
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Re: In the words of Britney...Gimme Gimme Mor!

Postby quoman » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:27 pm

You keep the trip reports coming.
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