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An Gearanach

An Gearanach

Postby David Lyall » Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:50 pm

Munros included on this walk: An Gearanach, Stob Coire a' Chàirn

Date walked: 28/06/2009

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 14 km

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Walked this with the Lang Craigs end of June 2009, good day but never took my camera so the pictures were not taken on the day, we did get some good views when the clouds cleared away, this is a report from Phil.
June had been a month of very mixed weather and the day's forecast - warm but cloudy - maintained the air of
uncertainty. Our group of five took two cars up to Mamore Lodge where the friendly local dog insisted we give him
some stick fetching practice before we set off.
Taking the stalkers path above the Allt Coire na Ba and with Am Bodach particularly impressive to our west, we
stopped for a coffee break shortly before the sharp turn that leads up the col between Na Gruagaichean and Stob Coire
a Chairn. A few metres up the latter, and with the tops now under cloud, we veered right along a path directly over to
An Garbanach. Here we were on the ‘Ring of Steall’ where the ridge provided some enjoyable scrambling leading on
to the gentler section over to An Gearanach.
Although unfortunately providing no views, the weather was calm enough for us to enjoy a leisurely lunch before
retracing our scramble over An Garbanach. By way of variety we detoured over Stob Coire a Chairn for our second
peak of the day. While four of us were quite content with this, Jim Milner dashed off up Na Gruagaichean, to rejoin us
ambling down to our start where our canine friend showed that his ‘football’ skills were every bit a match for his
A short refreshment stop in Kinlochleven brought an end to what all agreed had been a good day. Many thanks to my
four companions for making it a very enjoyable trip all round.
Stob Coire a Chairn.jpg
n earanach from Stob Coire Chairn..jpg
An Gearanach.jpg
David Lyall
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Re: An Gearanach

Postby mountain coward » Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:50 am

Nice to see some photos of the An Garbhanach end of the ridge as, despite making my way across the 'tent-ridge' as I call the ridge from An Gearanach to there, I couldn't do the last bit when it becomes slabs standing on end. Richard found a little squirrel path (wasn't side enough for a sheep track) below the slabs but there was no way I was inching across that so had to wait while he went to An Garbhanach summit and came back. I quizzed him as to whether he'd looked down the end (he had) and whether he thought I could get up that way - he thought not... looking at your pic of the end of it from Stob Coire a Chairn I'm pretty sure I wouldn't do that either. Good job it's not a Munro that end!

Great pics anyway - wished I'd taken my camera on the day as I thought the view from the top of the stalker's zigzag up the corrie after you crossed under the Steall falls was superb - very alpine looking!
mountain coward

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