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One week in September 2013 (Part 4) - Stob a'Choin

PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:30 pm
by Graeme D
Day 4 of my week living the life of a bachelor while my wife and daughter live it up in the South of France.

Another quick(ish) departure from work heading west along the A85. Destination still not entirely clear - maybe Ben Venue, maybe Stob a'Choin. In the end the Corbett won.

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Stob Breac across Loch Doine

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Stob Breac and Stob a'Choin from just before arriving at Inverlochlarig

Kev and I had spotted an interesting looking ascent route from the north east up the long ridge above Glen Sgionie when we had done Stob Breac a few weeks previously. The Corbett book maintains that there is no access to the hill through the forestry from Blaircreich but we had seen otherwise. There appeared to be a decent looking firebreak which led in reasonably short distance onto open hillside, so this was the plan of attack.

I parked up at Inverlochlarig for the third time this year and set off along the same track I had walked with Kev just a fortnight ago.

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The Corbett from the track to Blaircreach

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About to tackle the allt and the forestry

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Stob Invercarnaig from the crossing of the Allt Sgionie

Once across the Allt Sgionie, the terrain through the firebreak was horrendous, but as I said, fortunately it was short lived and I was soon onto the good ridge.

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Up through the firebreak

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Back down from the first set of crags

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Looking back down from just above the broad flat area on the lower ridge

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Ahead from the corner of the forestry

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Loch Doine and our ascent route of Stob Breac from a fortnight ago

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September evenings in the hills - bliss!

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Back down the ridge

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Beinn Tulaichean

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Stob Breac

Unfortunately Stob a'Choin seemed to be stubbornly holding on to her grey hat this evening, although the views of the neighbouring hills remained relatively clear until a good 650 metres or so, after which the clag took charge.

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Getting into the clag

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Loch Katrine

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Getting thicker

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Loch Katrine from the high point of the eastern ridge

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Turning west - Loch Katrine again

This is a real craggy hill once up onto the summit tops, and one that were it not for the fence, would require pretty careful nav when the clag is down, so I was kept on my toes before heading home for yet another 10pm dinner and the prospect of a night off tomorrow!

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Follow the fence!

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Malky's zip wire

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Understated summit

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Stob an Duibhe and Meall Mor from the descent down the north western slopes

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Crossing the River Larig

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Pink skies over Ceann na Baintighearna

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Stob a'Choin from Inverlochlarig


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Re: One week in September 2013 (Part 4) - Stob a'Choin

PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:26 pm
by Scotjamie
Very nice one Graeme. Enjoyable report from great walking country. Good pics... new camera?

Re: One week in September 2013 (Part 4) - Stob a'Choin

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:07 am
by malky_c
One of the best hills I've been up this year (some tough competition too) 8) . You must have been hoofing it to get around this before dark. Unlucky with the cloud - it appears to have shifted after you left the summit :roll:

What route does the SMC book suggest? I thought your way up was probably the most used, but it appears not.

Re: One week in September 2013 (Part 4) - Stob a'Choin

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:54 am
by Graeme D
Scotjamie wrote:Very nice one Graeme. Enjoyable report from great walking country. Good pics... new camera?


Cheers Alan. Actually no, not a new camera. My trusty old Canon point and shoot packed in back in May and I have been using another (lower spec) Canon point and shoot job (borrowed from my parents) ever since.

malky_c wrote:One of the best hills I've been up this year (some tough competition too) 8) . You must have been hoofing it to get around this before dark. Unlucky with the cloud - it appears to have shifted after you left the summit :roll:

What route does the SMC book suggest? I thought your way up was probably the most used, but it appears not.


It is a cracking hill. Even in the less than favourable conditions I encountered up on top, you can tell it is a belter. As for "hoofing it", I guess I didn't spare the horses but I was away from the car by about 3.30 (used some free time on a Wednesday afternoon to head away early - when I said a "quick(ish)" departure, I meant I left well before the end of the school day but I still got bogged down running one or two errands in Perth before I got going. So I managed to fit it in quite comfortably before dark.

As for the route, I think the SMC book suggests a straightforward climb up the steep north face from the bridge further upstream.

Re: One week in September 2013 (Part 4) - Stob a'Choin

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:55 am
by Graeme D
Scotjamie wrote:Very nice one Graeme. Enjoyable report from great walking country. Good pics... new camera?


Cheers Alan. Actually no, not a new camera. My trusty old Canon point and shoot packed in back in May and I have been using another (lower spec) Canon point and shoot job (borrowed from my parents) ever since.

malky_c wrote:One of the best hills I've been up this year (some tough competition too) 8) . You must have been hoofing it to get around this before dark. Unlucky with the cloud - it appears to have shifted after you left the summit :roll:

What route does the SMC book suggest? I thought your way up was probably the most used, but it appears not.


It is a cracking hill. Even in the less than favourable conditions I encountered up on top, you can tell it is a belter. As for "hoofing it", I guess I didn't spare the horses but I was away from the car by about 3.30 (used some free time on a Wednesday afternoon to head away early - when I said a "quick(ish)" departure, I meant I left well before the end of the school day but I still got bogged down running one or two errands in Perth before I got going. So I managed to fit it in quite comfortably before dark.

As for the route, I think the SMC book suggests a straightforward climb up the steep north face from the bridge further upstream.

Re: One week in September 2013 (Part 4) - Stob a'Choin

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:56 pm
by PeteR
That looks very interesting Graeme. I've been looking at some of these Corbetts as possible winter walks for me, so will no doubt be returning to your post in the not too distant future. Thanks for posting :D

Re: One week in September 2013 (Part 4) - Stob a'Choin

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:57 pm
by The Rodmiester
A great shame about the low cloud, but a good one to tick off on an evening. By now your an expert firebreak walker, how much of the trees did you find in the shower afterwards :lol: :lol: Think I'll save for a clear day, looks like the views would be nice.