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Pulling out all the Stobs on the Big Buachaille
by 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
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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...
Parked at the suggested parking at Altnafeadh and headed down to the footbridge over the River Coupall.
Followed the path into Lagangarbh NTS estate and then up into Coire na Tulaich
The snow ahead was bringing doubts as to whether it would be ascendable today.
Now we're back to square one
So, we headed for the snow of DOOM
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.
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
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.
So, it was time to head back to the bealach, where we saw a constant stream of people heading up the path , helped some people as to how to avoid the snow and then continue on for Stob na Broige, but first was Stob na Doire.
To the summit!
A short while later, we were there!
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
Time to head for the bealach above Coire Altruim.
Now to check out where our descent route is
So, Stob no. 3 then (see what I did there ), which is Stob Coire Altruim.
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
Once that was crossed with no difficulty we were at the summit.
Back to the bealach!
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.
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
Down to the River Coupall flowing through Lairig Gartain.
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!
Due to it being the last day of half term, it was not quick getting back home (5 miles of queues before Balloch )
Stick on the BBQ!
by BigT » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:45 pm
by dogplodder » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:53 pm
by litljortindan » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:03 pm
by Alteknacker » Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:31 pm
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.
by Fife Flyer » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:48 pm
Love the first photo, that is one of those photo's to keep, almost volcano like - unique
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