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Classy Corbetts - Ruadh Stac Beag & Meall a' Ghubhais

Classy Corbetts - Ruadh Stac Beag & Meall a' Ghubhais


Postby Graeme D » Tue May 14, 2013 2:38 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Meall a' Ghiubhais, Ruadh-stac Beag

Date walked: 06/04/2013

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 17.8 km

Ascent: 1487m

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The Saturday of the Torridon meet and after the Coire Lair epic of the day before, I again teamed up with Charlie (trekker53) to take care of the two classy looking Corbetts just to the north of Kinlochewe village, at the eastern end of the Beinn Eighe massif.

This time we were joined by malky_c and after a fair bit of to-ing and fro-ing as I drove down from Chateau Keith in Laide and Charlie and Malky got themselves from their respective camping locations to the start by the Beinn Eighe Visitor Centre and parking area just north of Kinlochewe.

We set off through the trees and along the paths of the nature trail until we reached open ground and began the long climb up into Coire an Tuill Bhan that splits Ruadh Stac Beag to the north west from Creag Dubh to the south east.

Kev's description of this pair as "Corbett Caviar" in his report from many moons ago had stuck in my mind and I was savouring the prospect, even if I doubted very much that the day could hold a candle to the previous day which still had me on a mega-high! There was little in the early stages of ascent that hinted at anything spectacular. The views behind us over Slioch, Glen Banasdail and Beinn a' Mhuinidh were cool, but ahead looked less than inspiring at this stage.

We passed an elderly couple on the path who had stopped for a breather and spent 5 minutes or so chewing the fat with them. They were a lovely couple, over on holiday from Lossiemouth and although the gentleman appeared to be a keen climber and walker, it was the woman's first "real" hillwalk and she seemed thrilled at the prospect.

We bade them farewell and headed on our way and it wasn't long before a caviar-fest hit me square between the eyes as we levelled off into the coire.

The rest of the day did a pretty good job of living up to Friday, even although things did close in a bit before we could reach the summit of Meall a'Ghuibhais.

Once again, I will let the photos speak for themselves. I can't be bothered labelling the photos just now, but will get round to it. I think I've taken long enough to post this one as it is, so here goes!

Cheers again Charlie for your company, and it was a pleasure Malcolm finally to walk with you. :D

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Slioch, Gleann Banasdail and Beinn a' Mhuinidh

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Meall a'Ghuibhais

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Entering the coire - RSB to the right

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The Fannaichs and Fionn Bheinn

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Slioch, Gleann Banasdail and Beinn a'Mhuinidh again, and beyond into Fisherfield

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Charlie and Malky below Creag Dubh

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Blue skies above the lunar landscape, RSB dominating the scene

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Meall a'Ghuibhais

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Slioch clouding over

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Meall a'Ghuibhais and Slioch

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At the jaws of Coire an Tuill Bhan

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Malky, Charlie and the sweeping eastern slopes of Ruadh Stac Beag

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My two companions in the vastness of the frozen, rocky tundra of Coire an Tuill Bhan

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More vistas over Ghuibhais, Slioch and Fisherfield

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A splash of blue over Beinn Eighe

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Negotiating the stream bed

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Yet more views of Ghiubhais, Slioch and Fisherfield

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Ruadh Stac Mor from the early stages of the ascent of Ruadh Stac Beag

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Liathach and Sail Mhor pop up

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Ruadh Stac Mor closer up

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The mighty grey one now appearing in all her glory

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Last edited by Graeme D on Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:06 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Classy Corbetts - Ruadh Stac Beag & Meall a' Ghubhais

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue May 14, 2013 3:49 pm

Yes two fine Corbetts indeed. I went to climb these two last time i was in Kinlochewe but took the left path at a fork and ended up continuing over Creag Dhubh and onto one of the Beinn Eighe Munros. :crazy:
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Re: Classy Corbetts - Ruadh Stac Beag & Meall a' Ghubhais

Postby dogplodder » Tue May 14, 2013 4:00 pm

That is spooky. There was me eyeing up these Corbetts yesterday and you go and post this today. :lol: I did the so called Mountain Trail 29 years ago (with my sons aged 10 and 8 and remember their reaction to the lunar-like terrain) but Corbetts weren't on the radar then and I'm itching to get back up. So thanks for this. :D
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Re: Classy Corbetts - Ruadh Stac Beag & Meall a' Ghubhais

Postby rockhopper » Tue May 14, 2013 11:44 pm

I can see what you mean by the lunar landscape analogy, Graeme. Fine set of photos which suggest a real feeling of remoteness despite being so close to the road. Great memories of family holidays up here - looking forward to getting into the hills at some point - cheers :)
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Re: Classy Corbetts - Ruadh Stac Beag & Meall a' Ghubhais

Postby kevsbald » Wed May 15, 2013 8:41 am

Classy? Caviar? Correct. A vendredi pour deux plus!
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Re: Classy Corbetts - Ruadh Stac Beag & Meall a' Ghubhais

Postby malky_c » Wed May 15, 2013 9:26 am

Nice one - I can imagine how this would seem slightly second-rate after the Coire Lair round the previous day :) .

Good to finally meet you (as one of the main 'characters' on this forum when I started posting) and Charlie :D
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Re: Classy Corbetts - Ruadh Stac Beag & Meall a' Ghubhais

Postby basscadet » Wed May 15, 2013 9:54 am

Nice photo's there.. What took you so long to post :? :D
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Re: Classy Corbetts - Ruadh Stac Beag & Meall a' Ghubhais

Postby PeteR » Wed May 15, 2013 8:59 pm

Very nice Graeme :D

One of those reports which added to my "to-do" list :wink:
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Re: Classy Corbetts - Ruadh Stac Beag & Meall a' Ghubhais

Postby trekker53 » Thu May 16, 2013 11:42 am

Good report Graeme,
A fine round of those 2 corbetts, very enjoyable and picturesque with its snowy landscape. Did enjoy that fast descent of Meall a' Ghubhais down the snow shute. A memorable end to a great couple of days on my first WH meet. Lets hope Skye is just as good.
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Re: Classy Corbetts - Ruadh Stac Beag & Meall a' Ghubhais

Postby Graeme D » Thu May 16, 2013 4:13 pm

basscadet wrote:Nice photo's there.. What took you so long to post :? :D


Ach you know, some of us are busy people! :wink: :lol:

Yes, I'd heartily recommend tese two - a real "other worldly" feel to them at times. :D
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Re: Classy Corbetts - Ruadh Stac Beag & Meall a' Ghubhais

Postby basscadet » Thu May 16, 2013 4:25 pm

Graeme D wrote:
basscadet wrote:Nice photo's there.. What took you so long to post :? :D


Ach you know, some of us are busy people! :wink: :lol:

Yes, I'd heartily recommend tese two - a real "other worldly" feel to them at times. :D


There's a lot of that in that part of the world in my experience.. :D You have put them on my list of places to visit though ;)
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