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2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis


Postby Mountainlove » Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:29 am

Route description: The Grey Corries

Munros included on this walk: Sgurr Choinnich Mor, Stob Ban (Grey Corries), Stob Choire Claurigh, Stob Coire an Laoigh

Date walked: 19/04/2014

Distance: 28 km

Ascent: 1929m

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There are times when a simple day hill walking is not enough. There are days when I need to disappear deep into the hills for a few days and be one with nature. Checking the map I had spotted a place in Glen Nevis, past the usual weekend campers at the An Steall Waterfall, to a nameless spot nestled between the Mamores and Grey Corries at the foot of Binnean Beag. It looked perfect and a good starting point for the Grey Corries. :thumbup:

Packing for 3 days and 2 nights is nerve racking, :think: as I was anxious not to forget anything. It took me an hour and with 2 additional can of beer squashed into the top (a can after a long day is a must) and an ice axe packed to the side, my bag brought 20.5 kilo on the scale :problem: :( :shock: . A bit too heavy for my liking, but I had calculated that I should not need more than 2 -2.5h to the spot I have chosen for ‘Basecamp’

The night before my departure, the sore throat I had nursed since 4 days turned into a cold and annoyed I went to bed coughing through the night. I woke up, not feeling my best, but deciding that if I was fine from the neck down, I could ignore my sore throat and slight deaf ears…the hills will cure me! :-D :-D :-D

During the drive up to Fort William I sucked on a pack of throat lozenges, music on loud and could not help to try my ‘new’ hoarse voice singing along to songs, which was accomplished with regular cough fits…lovely?! :shifty: :lol:
I arrived at the car park in Glen Nevis just after 18:00 hours and shouldering my pack I set off into the wilderness.


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The walk in


Cold aside, I was feeling great and the heavy pack did not bother me as much as I had worried about. I walked past the beautiful An Steall waterfall and for the first hour the path was easy. This unfortunately did not last, as I was soon wading through soggy ground, peat bogs, mud and burns. But the views were amazing, Ben Nevis, the Mamores and the Aonachs to my left and right. I had climbed all of them in the past and looking up to them with a smile on my face, it felt like saying hello to old friends. Time was flying and before I knew it I had reached my destination area. Looking for a spot to camp away from the path I found a small area at the foot of Binnean Beag with a view towards the grey Corries Ridge and Stop Ban. Perfect! :-D

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Steall Waterfall

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The easy part of the walk in

By 20:30 I had set up camp and sitting outside my tent with a pot noodle dinner and a cold beer in my hand, I would not have swapped this for the best hotel in the world. It was a blissful solitude.

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My home for the next 2 days

Having finished my dinner, I washed the pot out with some moss and water and after brushing my teeth in the burn I went to bed. With my PJs, thick socks, hat and fleece jacket on. I climbed into my two layered down sleeping bag combination. The night was freezing and my icy toes simply did not warm up. Feeling cold my cough which had settled a bit through out the day, started to get worse and topping it was a running nose. Laying awake and feeling crappy, :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: I would have happily chosen a warm hotel bed over my tiny tent and through out the night I was drifting in and out of sleep feeling miserable. :( :thumbdown: :(

I woke up at 06:15 and for the first time I felt warm. I looked outside, but thick clouds covered up the hills. I could hardly keep my eyes open, so I decided to listen to my body and rest some more, before I got up at 07:40. By that time I felt more awake and the clouds looked slightly less thick with some clear skies in the far distance. Time for a quick wash in the burn! A few minutes later my fingers and a few other body parts were numb with the cold water, but I was certainly awake now. 8)

I cleaned up my tent, collected the sea of used handkerchiefs which were scattered around my sleeping bag and packed my second smaller backpack. By the time I was done the clouds had lifted and a beautiful day was ahead of me.
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The clouds were lifting

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The perfect day one hour later

The 4 Grey Corries


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I had decided to walk straight up to Sgurr Choinnich Beag. A plan I had done so many times before, but never with a full blown cold. Walking up the steep hill was like walking at altitude, my heart was racing, I was out of breath and I never had needed so many breaks in my life. Half way up I came across my first dead deer I have seen up the hills which would be one of 4 (!) during the next two days. It could not have been dead for long and I stroked its back feeling sad. :(
Moving on I saw 2 people approaching the same hill, but they were soon ahead of me. By the time I reached the first top I was exhausted, but what a view! I somehow had never imagined the Grey Corries being so beautiful and I sat for a long time just taking it all in before moving on.

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Saying good bye to my campsite until the evening

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The first dead deer of the day

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Looking back towards the Mamores

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Some pretty deep snow

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Some climbing fun

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The Aonachs and Mamores

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The Mamores with Glen Coe behind


The full ridge lay ahead of me and I was glad that I had packed my ice axe, as the other side of Sgurr Choinnich Beag was in full snow cover and quite icy. Moving down slowly I got to the bealach and unpacked my coloured Easter Eggs, which miraculously had stayed intact…after all it was Easter Sunday. Having lunch I sat in the sun and just enjoyed being in the hills.

Moving along I was surprised how pleasant the ridge was (once you are up) and how easy the path is. Walking on a combination of snow and grass I soon stood on the third Munro Stob Choire Claurigh and looked towards Stop Ban which looked tiny from my view point..On my approached I had met a couple who had asked me to look out for some black sun glasses they had lost. Unfortunately I did not find them, but told them to keep an eye on the lost and found on walkhighlands. (Just in case anyone has found them the couple would be grateful, if you add them to the lost and found part in the forum)

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The ridge

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Sgurr Choinnich Beag snow covered slope and the Aonachs

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Happy Easter

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So beautiful

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Towards the second last Munro

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Looking back

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Ben Nevis behind the Aonachs

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View towards the West

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Tiny Stob Ban- hard to believe it is a Munro of 970m

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Looking up to Stob Ban

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The wee loch and the 2 Munros next to Loch Treig in the distance

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Great rock

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The way back to my tent

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The way back

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Looking back up

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Sunset

Moving down Stob Choire Claurigh towards Stop Ban was a bit of a pain due to the loose scree, but I loved the rock formations at the bottom. Struggling with the final pull up the last Munro due to my cold, I was glad when I stood at the top and managed to see the area were my tent was. I was done in and ready for bed! I was not sure if there was a suggested path down Stop Ban, but I found sticking to the right hand site of the mountain worked well. Finally 9 hours after setting off I was back at my campsite. The sun was warm and sitting down like the evening before, I made dinner, while looking up towards the ridge I had just climbed – nice! :-D Having learned from the previous night, I made up a ‘hot water bottle’ by boiling water and adding it in my metal water bottle. :thumbup: :thumbup: With the hot bottle wrapped in my small camping towel, tucked deep inside my sleeping bag, I lay in bed with my book and hip flask of malt whiskey. It was such an improvement from the previous night. I think I must have fallen sleep just after 21:00h and slept stone like for the next 12 hours.

I woke up feeling amazing. My cough was still there, but the dull feeling in my head and blocked ears were gone. I got up and feeling brave (and very alone) I walked half naked to the burn for a wash. :angel: My surprise was great when I looked up and saw people in the distance. :wtf: Letting out a short scream, I threw myself to the ground while quickly putting on my clothes. Waiting for them to pass and disappear in the distance. I took my second turn for a wash when seconds later the next couple of people approached- ARGH! :wtf: :wtf: Where did they come from? Growling I waited for them to pass before I finally managed to finish my wash.

Looking around I decided that it was too cold to hang on, so I packed my bag and started the walk back to the car. All in all I had some amazing times (minus the cold) and can only recommend the approach from Glen Nevis when climbing the Grey Corries. I will certainly be back at some point!! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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The walk back

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Glen Nevis just before the car park

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Re: 2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Postby pigeon » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:47 am

That looked a great trip Mountainlove,some great pictures.20 kg is quite a lot,i reckon you should ditch the pj's and add another couple of beers to the pack :wink:
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Re: 2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:50 am

"I got up and feeling brave (and very alone) I walked half naked to the burn for a wash. :angel: My surprise was great when I looked up and saw people in the distance. "

I'll have seen worse washing in a burn , so don't mind me in future :lol: :lol:

Good report :clap:
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Re: 2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Postby scottishkennyg » Sun Apr 27, 2014 3:45 pm

Nice one ML..shame the easter bunny had not left the chocolate eggs out for me when I was up there... :wink:
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Re: 2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Postby jepsonscotland » Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:48 pm

Great pics, nice job. :clap:
That 'great rock' is amazing! A must see when I next visit.
That really was a great weekend for weather, I got scorched pink in Glencoe! :lol:
True wild camping, you can't beat it.
Well done.
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Re: 2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Postby mr_ash_37 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:24 pm

Cracking read as always cheers.
Stunning pics too, looks like a grt walk.
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Re: 2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Postby spiderwebb » Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:47 pm

Superb day you had there, Sgurr C M is a great mountain !
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Re: 2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Postby Fife Flyer » Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:59 pm

Another excellent report with some fantastic photo's :clap: :clap:
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Re: 2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Postby wilkiemurray » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:15 pm

Excellent report and stunning pictures :)

I bet the beer tasted soooo good:)
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Re: 2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Postby Silverhill » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:43 pm

Lovely walking country there and you had good weather too! :D
Nifty little tent, how much does it weigh?
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Re: 2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Postby simon-b » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:49 pm

You got some very good views, ML. That's an interesting way to tackle the Grey Corries, and looks to have worked out really well. If I get to these hills when I stay at Spean Bridge in June, I'll probably be making a more conventional approach from the north. It's good to innovate sometimes, though.
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Re: 2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Postby rockhopper » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:59 pm

Interesting route - nice to see something different :thumbup: You certainly picked some good days for this walk - shows the hills off at their best. Sunset shot is stunning - cheers :)
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Re: 2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:20 pm

Great report :clap: really enjoyed reading about your adventure and with great photos too :D :clap: ..feel really soft now ... I've been struggling to get out of bed cause its too chilly and the heatings not been on long enough!! :roll:
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Re: 2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Postby tomyboy73 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:39 pm

you know how to pick them, some fantastic pictures there, glad the hills healed you
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Re: 2 days in the wilderness & Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Postby Mountainlove » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:49 pm

pigeon wrote:That looked a great trip Mountainlove,some great pictures.20 kg is quite a lot,i reckon you should ditch the pj's and add another couple of beers to the pack :wink:

Oh I think it will need to get a bit warmer for that... :lol: :lol:

Collaciotach wrote:"I got up and feeling brave (and very alone) I walked half naked to the burn for a wash. :angel: My surprise was great when I looked up and saw people in the distance. "
I'll have seen worse washing in a burn , so don't mind me in future :lol: :lol:
Good report :clap:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

scottishkennyg wrote:Nice one ML..shame the easter bunny had not left the chocolate eggs out for me when I was up there... :wink:

That now makes me think of an easter egg hunt for one of the next walkhighland meets

jepsonscotland wrote:Great pics, nice job. :clap:
That 'great rock' is amazing! A must see when I next visit.
That really was a great weekend for weather, I got scorched pink in Glencoe! :lol:
True wild camping, you can't beat it.
Well done.
Chris

I wish I would have been 'scorched...walking above 1000m all day was great, but I missed the heat!

Silverhill wrote:Lovely walking country there and you had good weather too! :D
Nifty little tent, how much does it weigh?

It is only 970 grams. Its small, but so light and small that its hardy noticable

SAVAGEALICE wrote:Great report :clap: really enjoyed reading about your adventure and with great photos too :D :clap: ..feel really soft now ... I've been struggling to get out of bed cause its too chilly and the heatings not been on long enough!! :roll:

Oh at home I am the same ....I only recently removed my heated under blanket from my bed :lol:


Everyone else many thanks for your comments!! :D
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