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Pulling out all the Stobs on the Big Buachaille

Pulling out all the Stobs on the Big Buachaille


Postby Quadbarrel » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:43 pm

Route description: Buachaille Etive Mor

Munros included on this walk: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor), Stob na Broige (Buachaille Etive Mor)

Date walked: 31/05/2014

Time taken: 6.25 hours

Distance: 14.75 km

Ascent: 1160m

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The Buachaille is one of these amazing mountains in Scotland that when you drive past you always go 'how do you get up there?' and we were going to try and climb it :?

So headed off through some amazing cloud over Glen Orchy and Rannoch Moor before emerging to see the Buachaille with some amazing cloud on it. There was also a very pressing question on our minds as well...
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How do WE get up there?

Parked at the suggested parking at Altnafeadh and headed down to the footbridge over the River Coupall.

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The River Coupall and Beinn a' Chrulaiste

Followed the path into Lagangarbh NTS estate and then up into Coire na Tulaich
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I've found the way up the Buachaille!

The snow ahead was bringing doubts as to whether it would be ascendable today.
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How do you get up that?

Now we're back to square one :roll:

So, we headed for the snow of DOOM :o
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Have we come THAT far?

The way we found to get past the snow was to head through the middle of the two patches, although the path heads for the right but it went under the snow and was impassable.
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What's the fuss?

The moment you get to the bealach is one of those OMGGM (oh my goodness gracious me) moments, so I'll keep it a surprise :wink:

Anyway, we headed left towards Stob Dearg, where there was some confusion over what the real summit was. The GPS told us the one closest to Rannoch Moor, so we went with that.
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Stob Dearg view

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Woohoo!

So, it was time to head back to the bealach, where we saw a constant stream of people heading up the path :shock: , helped some people as to how to avoid the snow and then continue on for Stob na Broige, but first was Stob na Doire.
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Along Feadan Ban

To the summit!

A short while later, we were there!
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Stob na Doire

Stob na Doire is one of these tops which is miles higher than a munro near it, in this case Stob na Broige, which is 55 metres lower than Stob na Doire :?
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Even that looks lower than us!?!

Time to head for the bealach above Coire Altruim.
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Now to check out where our descent route is :shock:
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It should be here!?!

Oh :lol:

So, Stob no. 3 then (see what I did there 8) ), which is Stob Coire Altruim.
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Off to Stob na Broige, so headed along the ridge until just before the summit where there was a patch of snow where there was no option but to cross it :wink:
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You don't believe me!

Once that was crossed with no difficulty we were at the summit.
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Ben Starav photobombing

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We've walked that?!?

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Lunch looking to Beinn Mhic Chasgaig

Back to the bealach!
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Buachaille Etive Beag

Decided to turn left down just before the snow to pick up the ridge sloping down, before the path was visible half out the snow, where we headed down to it.
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The path

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Looking back

Headed down Coire Altruim next to Allt Coire Altruim (original name). Good view of the cliffs below Stob Coire Altruim (where did they get that from?!?) The snow was melting fast, so was having to hide from the sun in places :?
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Sneaky...

Down to the River Coupall flowing through Lairig Gartain.
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An originally named river? No way!

So it was back to the car park. We then found a path just to the south of the road, which was handy.

Off we go then!
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How do you get up there?

Due to it being the last day of half term, it was not quick getting back home (5 miles of queues before Balloch :shock: )

Stick on the BBQ! :D
Last edited by Quadbarrel on Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Pulling out all the Stobs on the Big Buachaille

Postby BigT » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:45 pm

great stuff, confidence inspiring set of photos - maybe i will get some of glen coe done this year after all. had a nosey in wintery white march, left with tail between my legs and a cold sweat. that was just from the roadside.
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Re: Pulling out all the Stobs on the Big Buachaille

Postby dogplodder » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:53 pm

Have still to do the Big Bookil and looking at your pics gets the juices going.... What a stunning day you got! :D
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Re: Pulling out all the Stobs on the Big Buachaille

Postby litljortindan » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:03 pm

Love that first picture of the cloud breaking up.
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Re: Pulling out all the Stobs on the Big Buachaille

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:31 pm

Great report, great pics, great day!

Is Glencoe brilliant, or is it brilliant???

We were on the Buachailles the same day, but we must have started earlier because the top 100m or so of Stob Dearg was in cloud when we got there (about 10.00am).

I think we were flogging up to Stob na Dubh when the sun really showed - sweaty work.
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Re: Pulling out all the Stobs on the Big Buachaille

Postby Fife Flyer » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:48 pm

Great report & well done to all :clap: :clap:

Love the first photo, that is one of those photo's to keep, almost volcano like - unique :wink: :lol:
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