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Knee Deep on Streap

Knee Deep on Streap


Postby Collaciotach » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:21 pm

Route description: Streap, near Glenfinnan

Corbetts included on this walk: Streap

Date walked: 14/11/2013

Time taken: 9.5 hours

Ascent: 1000m

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Madainn Didómhaich agus air an rathad cruinn Loch Eil ....... Sunday morning found me heading round the Loch to Streap .

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Streap Gleann Fhionnan


I have looked on this hill for many years and decided it was time to take her on and maybe a challenge given the conditions and time of year

The route was via Gleann Dubh Liath and up onto Creag an Eich before heading for the bealach between Beinn Tuim and Meall an Uillt Chaoil we left the car at 8.30am

Abair madainn !

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Streap Caomhlaidh


The road through the harvesting site at Druim Sallaichan is grand , then a left fork on the track above the road down to the bothy takes you on to the open hill ..rough and wet it is as well :shock:

We soon hit the snow line and not to deep ...... fhathast :D

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Bealach Tuim


Bha an t side breagha latha fuar ach grianach ..... The weather was perfect like a cold Alpine day and the scenery from the Bealach was promising all round but especially down Sheil side .

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Loch Seile agus Bheinn Odhar Mor


We headed up to Meall an Uillt Chaoil a sharp climb with the snow becoming increasingly soft and deep ! good sealladh to the West and Eilean Eige

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Eilean Eige air ciuil


The atmosphere was amazing lots of icy mist creeping through the gullies and troughs that take you onto the minor summit here and a noticeable change in the snow composition to thin crust and knee deep deposits :roll:

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Glac Beag


A dhaithgearr agus air a mhullach ach a fas sgith mu thrath .... soon on the first "minor" peak but already tired :?

Good views opening up to the Gleann Fhionnain horse shoe , Loch Beoraid and Na Garbh Criochan

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Sgurr nan Coireachan


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Loch Beoraid


We walked a fair pace in the knee deep white stuff and were soon struggling up Stob Coire a Cearc with the first views out to Streap

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Streap Druim Chaoil


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Lorg coise an t sneachda


It took an age to reach the summit of this wee beauty so a quick stop for lunch , I was now conscious that time was pushing on so a short break to take in the views and the Druim Caoil Streap .

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Druim chaoil streap


And to the Ben

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Beinn Neibhis


The descent and renascent to this point was pretty full on in fact never ending and narrowing with dodgy cornicing making the going very slow...... weather was still superb :D

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A Sealltainn air ais


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Boidheachd


The ridge to the summit is quite breath taking in this conditions but a caution to be careful and safe given the drops all round

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Streap


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Streap


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dubh is geal


We carefully picked our way onto the mullach of Streap and even got a slight brockan spectre :o

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Ceo


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Air a mhullach


I tried to go round this stac on the North slope but I did not like the feel of the snow under my feet although deep it gave me the eagalach or fear .... just did not feel right

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An Stac


The time was getting on at 2.30pm so I made the decision to bail rather than try to traverse this and on to the Streap Comhlaidh probably not the wisest decision I have ever made !

I dropped down into Coire Chuirn literally the corrie of stones .. heaps of them :wink:

Again slow slow going so as no to break a leg but I got through the fields of stone and onto the bowl of the coire and breathed a sigh of relief it was now 3.45pm and darkening

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Coire Chuirn


I was in for one final surprise! ......over the lip of the coire a steep craggy slippy clamjamfourie of moss, grass, slab rock and ree snow ,at one point I seriously thought I was going to get stuck in a steep wee grass /stone /snow gully but by using the ice axe as a post I managed to negotiate my way down. In Summer this would be relatively easy but was a bit of a nightmare in these conditions .

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The dodgy route down


Co dhiu bha sin an latha .... that was a day to remember we were back at the car for 5.30 a full 9.5hrs and not even completing the circuit so a wee reminder in Winter allow loads of time , remember the snow and enjoy :D

Cheerie a nis
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Re: Knee Deep on Streap

Postby PeteR » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:46 pm

A tough, tough looking day, but some absolutely stunning views :D Good effort :clap:

Have got this one on my radar, but think I'll wait a while
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Re: Knee Deep on Streap

Postby scottishkennyg » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:49 pm

S math a rinn thu! grand day and some cracking pictures capturing the essence of walking in these conditions..
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Re: Knee Deep on Streap

Postby Collaciotach » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:50 pm

scottishkennyg wrote:S math a rinn thu! grand day and some cracking pictures capturing the essence of walking in these conditions..


Taing dhuit a bhalaich :wink:
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Re: Knee Deep on Streap

Postby Collaciotach » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:50 pm

PeteR wrote:A tough, tough looking day, but some absolutely stunning views :D Good effort :clap:

Have got this one on my radar, but think I'll wait a while



Aye might have underestimated her a wee bit :D
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Re: Knee Deep on Streap

Postby wilkiemurray » Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:00 pm

Magic photos there - great day :clap:
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Re: Knee Deep on Streap

Postby weaselmaster » Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:18 pm

Beautiful
Have this up near the top of my part 2 list.
looks a tough one indeed
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Re: Knee Deep on Streap

Postby Bruno » Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:30 am

Beautiful photos, Colla, as ever - I did Streap on a hot midgey day 10 years ago..........
Find myself looking forward very much to your reports!
Beautiful.
Iain :clap: :clap:
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Re: Knee Deep on Streap

Postby malky_c » Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:31 am

Wow - knew this was going to be good but that is worth report of the month at least :D . Lots of photos, 6th one in particular, look like the Alps or something. Hoping for a day like this (although hopefully with more solid snow) when I go up Streap.
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Re: Knee Deep on Streap

Postby dooterbang » Fri Nov 15, 2013 5:44 pm

Some great atmospheric photos :)

This looks like a nice winter walk, and easy to access.

The fear has to be respected :wink:

Cheers.
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Re: Knee Deep on Streap

Postby Collaciotach » Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:57 pm

wilkiemurray wrote:Magic photos there - great day :clap:


Aye the best :D
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Re: Knee Deep on Streap

Postby robertphillips » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:13 pm

well done colla :clap: great winter walk this
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Re: Knee Deep on Streap

Postby Collaciotach » Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:54 pm

robertphillips wrote:well done colla :clap: great winter walk this


Its a cracker Robert ... that grahams total is getting there a bhalaich :clap:
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Re: Knee Deep on Streap

Postby Johnny Corbett » Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:25 pm

Good effort and super photos, Streap is tough enough without doing it in those conditions. :D
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Re: Knee Deep on Streap

Postby Collaciotach » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:47 am

wilkiemurray wrote:Magic photos there - great day :clap:


Cheers one of the best days yet :D
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