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A Tale of Two Halves

A Tale of Two Halves

Postby jonny616 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:41 pm

Route description: The Grey Corries

Munros included on this walk: Sgùrr Chòinnich Mòr, Stob Bàn (Grey Corries), Stob Choire Claurigh, Stob Coire an Laoigh

Date walked: 08/06/2013

Time taken: 13 hours

Distance: 30 km

Ascent: 2250m

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So the excitement builds through the week as it looks like the good weather is going to hold over the weekend. A small band of mountain warriors for this Meanderers outing as some of the daftest dafties have driven to Tongue to combine Kilbreck with Wyvis on a day trip. It has to be a four bagging day so the Gammy can hit the half way mark. Polly also had a chance of half way on the same day and hill if she could grab an easy 4 during the week, so she headed Drumochter way, did the four on the left, one of which was a repeat then crossed the road, after rescuing a fireman, and did the one she missed during much snow up the quarry track.
So its 4 o’clock in the morning and still I cannot sleep, as the song goes. Polly picks me up at 05:30 and we head off west to meet Gammy and DawnForth at the place we affectionately call ‘The Bogs’
We meet but no Dawn as she has decided to camp down Etive and nip around the 5 on Sunday with Tomsie so we meet her at White Corries. It is now after seven and Glencoe looks amazing. A quick pic on to Facebook for a good friend who is heading to work and we are on our way.
Bump, bump bump up the single pot hold track as far as we can from Corriechoille. You can get past the gate as it is not locked. Best to park where you pass another track on the right going into the forest. Suited and booted and walking just before 9am.
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Followed the track up and around with a wee stop to have some fun with the wee minister.
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Then saw a worrying sign saying that the bridge before the bothy was unsafe to cross. Worrying because I am not known for skilful river crossings, but at least I have not dunked myself up to my neck like Polly!
Broken bridge professionally dispatched and we continued on to the bothy.
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Its along way to the bothy but being purists we dispatch long walk-ins with ease. Great views up and down left and right with Stob Ban appearing and the magnificent looking Sgurr Innse.
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Sgurr Innse

A wee nosy in the bothy and signed the book before using the bridge just past the bothy to cross the river and looking out for our path. The one directly behind the bothy takes you to the bealach between Stob Ban and Stob Choire Claurigh, but we wanted the one that climbs around and takes Stob ban fro the south.
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The climb finally begins

The ascent of Stob ban is fairly easy with some more great views of the surrounding hills.
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The descent off is another matter a mixture of boulders and scree but not the right mix to heel slide down, more of a gingerly’ it’s only a matter of time before I fall on my a**e’ type.
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Round the lochan and a straight forward pull up to Stob Choire Claurigh from where the ridge looks magnificent.
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Looking back to Stob Ban
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Stob Choire Claurigh

Much fun along the ridge, glorious views abound as we clamber over boulders and five munro tops before arriving at the third munro Stob Coire an Laoigh from where the views are even better and the forth munro looks great, although the legs sighed a bit at the thought of climbing Stob Coire Easain twice.
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The way up Sgurr Choinnich Mhor was again straight forward with a couple of steep pulls , one large snow patch remained to speed our descent later via the medium of a wet bum for us guys but a little chill or thrill for the ladies in shorts.
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And then there we were Polly and Gammy half way round. A cracking walk on a cracking day.
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Just the small matter of walking back over Easain down a broad grassy ridge that feels like it goes all the way to Glasgow a steep drop to cross the river by the dam before the long forest track back to the car.
A great, great day. A mere 13 hours in the company of friends one of whom is nuts enough to do another 5 the next day.
Hope you enjoy the photos and I am sure more will be added.
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Re: A Tale of Two Halves

Postby Tomsie » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:53 pm

Looked a great day Jonny just as Dawn said.

Well done on the half way mark Gammy & Polly. :clap:

Well done Dawn on finding them :wink:
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Re: A Tale of Two Halves

Postby scoob999 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:00 pm

Well done on reaching the half way point polly and gammy " unless they demote any more of your munro's" :shock: :lol:
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Re: A Tale of Two Halves

Postby rockhopper » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:18 pm

Aye, it's a great looking ridge and even better with a bit of snow :thumbup: Congrats to Polly and Gammy as well - not so sure about Gammy's attempt at a snow angel though :wink: Great stuff - well done all - cheers :)
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Re: A Tale of Two Halves

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:05 pm

another big walk Johnny and crew ..well done :clap: :clap: ..hope we get plenty more of this grand weather over the Summer :D
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Re: A Tale of Two Halves

Postby SusieThePensioner » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:06 pm

Well done Polly and Willie :clap:
Great report Jonny, looked a grand day out :D Some fantastic views in your photos :thumbup:
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Re: A Tale of Two Halves

Postby pollyh33 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:44 pm

Brilliant report as ever Sir Jonny :clap: :clap:

What a walk! What a day! What a cracking bunch of people :lol: :lol: :lol:

Very much a long overdue walk with the kings of inappropriate hill banter, I promise not to leave it so long next time.

I'm sure Mark was cock-a-hoop with the constant updates and I can't believe Ron wasn't willing to wait the 3 hours for us to finish!!! Pfffft!

Thanks to Willie for the present and thanks to you and Dawn for declining any of the chocolates :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

As for Wasabi peanuts :sick: :sick: :sick:
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Re: A Tale of Two Halves

Postby Jock McJock » Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:15 pm

Great report Jonny and well done to Gammy and Polly on the half way mark. Cheers for the pics, I stared at them at work and hated you all with a passion :wink: Need to get out together soon mate. You should jack that job in, it's playing havoc with the MWSP Club! :lol:
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Re: A Tale of Two Halves

Postby pigeon » Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:21 pm

Whit a great day for these hills Jonny,well done gang :thumbup: And well done Gammy and Polly on 50%,seems all the best folk get to halfway on the Grey Corries :wink:
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Re: A Tale of Two Halves

Postby ScottishLeaf » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:41 pm

Great report Johnny, defo want to go up and get these 4 soon too :)

Massive well dones to Gammy and Polly on reaching the magical 141, even better you managed it on the same hill! Congrats :)
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Re: A Tale of Two Halves

Postby Meatball » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:49 pm

Well done folks!
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Re: A Tale of Two Halves

Postby quoman » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:33 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: Gammy and Polly for hitting the 1/2 way mark,
And to jonny a great report as ever sorry we mist this one but we had a grand weekend up in tongue.
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Re: A Tale of Two Halves

Postby Collaciotach » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:38 pm

A nice circuit the Coire Glas and grand weather you had.

It is an absolute fecker the walk down the ridge and along the old LR track bed ... I remember it well !
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Re: A Tale of Two Halves

Postby gammy leg walker » Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:31 pm

4 Munro Meanderers
Grey Corries ridge
Grey Corries ridge
Me & Polly both making 1/2 way
Grey Corries from the walkout
Grey Corries from the walkout
The troops heading for home

Great TR mate,fantastic day with fantastic company in fantastic weather just perfect.
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Re: A Tale of Two Halves

Postby Alan S » Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:53 pm

Great effort by all of you for this, great pics mate 8)
Well done to polly and gammy for reaching half way :D
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