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A wee trip to Glencoe...

A wee trip to Glencoe...

Postby andrewdoggett » Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:13 pm

Route description: Buachaille Etive Beag

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

Date walked: 23/02/2013

Time taken: 3.33 hours

Distance: 8.45 km

Ascent: 963m

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The plan had been to hit the Grey Corries today but work had taken it's toll with some long days and yours truly slept through all alarms and bashing off the door undisturbed... So by the time I awoke there wasn't long enough in the day given travel time so a shorter walk was called for... No matter, I was itching to get out and leave some of the stress of work behind and Scraggles has plenty left, so helping his cause meant a short walk in Glencoe taking in two munros would add to his tally and provide a good loosener and hill time for me...

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Scraggles on his first ascent of the year...

The weather was gorgeous, and a good staircase ascends to the beallach between Stob Dubh and Stob Coire Raineach...

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Looking toward Bidean nam Bian

We decided to tackle Stob Coire Raineach first leaving the more appealing ridge of Stob Dubh to finish the walk... It's a short ascent from the beallach and in no time we were at the summit...

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Scraggles on the summit of Stob Coire Raineach

Gorgeous views in all directions; let the healing begin...

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Summit views...

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More summit views...

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View toward the Aonach Eagach

The ridge along to Stob Dubh is simple and broad but totally gorgeous if short, with stunning views in all directions...

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Walking along the ridge to Stob Dubh

It's only a short pull to the summit, and we take our time taking in the views... Just a gorgeous day...

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Continuing up the ridge...

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View back along the ridge

Scraggles cuts some shapes taking in a different perspective with the main hills of Glencoe dominating in the background...

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Taking in a different perspective...

We spend a long time at the summit just absorbing the views... There's not a breath of wind and it's not too cold...

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More stunning views...

We make short work of the descent having added crampons for a bit more security on the descent in the hard packed snow which is firm underfoot...

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Looking back at Sob Coire Raineach on the descent

And then it's off to the Chlachaig for some refreshments before travelling up to Fort William; our base for the night...

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And in keeping with tradition, off to the pub...

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...For beer & chips...

A short walk today but a gorgeous one... Can't be many places you can climb two munros in 8km and still feel a healthy sense of the wilderness!! :o

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The stats; short walk today...

And the Route...

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Last edited by andrewdoggett on Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:42 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: A wee trip to Glencoe...

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:28 pm

Two great hills those. That looked like a heven sent day and your great pics showed it off perfectly
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Re: A wee trip to Glencoe...

Postby Lenore » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:11 pm

Oh stunning photos!!
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Re: A wee trip to Glencoe...

Postby gammy leg walker » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:15 pm

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Re: A wee trip to Glencoe...

Postby lomondwalkers » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:38 pm

Another cracking blue sky report. The ridge to Stob Dubh is certainly a wee gem :D
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Re: A wee trip to Glencoe...

Postby smike » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:06 pm

Fantastic, I love this hill - it gives so much for so little effort - an absolute cracker!
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Re: A wee trip to Glencoe...

Postby gymman47 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:07 pm

Stunning photos and looks like the weather was great too. Great way to end the day at The Clachaig Inn.

JP :clap:
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Re: A wee trip to Glencoe...

Postby PeteR » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:09 pm

Cracking photos from a great hill :D
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