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Banking on a double - rookie friend bashes the Bookil!!

Banking on a double - rookie friend bashes the Bookil!!


Postby dooterbang » Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:02 pm

Route description: Buachaille Etive Beag

Munros included on this walk: Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille Etive Beag), Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag)

Date walked: 28/06/2014

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 8 km

Ascent: 900m

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A weekend walking with my mate Woodsy, his partner and her friend had been cancelled last week due to the cavalier approach to Munro bagging Woodsy has adopted as of late (less said about that the better :wink: ), this had left the girls fearing for their lives so game abandoned!! Julie, the friend of Stevie's long suffering partner, was still game though and we hatched a plan (well I did) which would introduce her to bagging Munros, she was a hill virgin you see!

Decided to head up to Glencoe and take in the 2 Munros that make up Buachaille Etive Beag - Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh. This is a short walk with a good path, nice little ridge and stunning views. A nice introduction to walking the Munros of Scotland, it also presents the opportunity to simply do just one of the Munros if feeling tired or out of your depth...if a newbie like!

Picked up Julie around 6am in "New Gorbals", then enjoyed a nice traffic free drive up to Glencoe whilst listening to some stellar tunes! I could tell Julie was slightly apprehensive so I kept the chat light and positive. Parked up at 8am, had a jam butty sandwich, and started walking for 8.30am on the wonderful updated path.
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Pretty easy going, Julie only stopping a couple of times to catch her breath...we soon reached the Bealach.
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It was here, after explaining the difficulty and what each entailed, that I asked Julie what Munro she would like to do first. To my surprise she opted to do the ridge and Stob Dubh first.

On the ascent up to the ridge proper the wind got up and Julie suddenly was gripped by fear and unable to move, she'd also adopted a Geordie accent which I found strange as she was from the Borders!! I gave her my down jacket and got her to sit down. We sat for 10 minutes and this allowed time for her body to calm down and her mind to process what was around her. She said she was more worried about going back down the way! At this point I was ready to give her the opportunity to call it a day but to my surprise she sprang into action, New Gorbals/Borders accent again in full flow, and promptly instructed me to lead the way up to the ridge. Managers eh!

Start of the ridge
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Ridge leading to Stob Dubh
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The walk along the ridge then up to the summit of Stob Dubh was fantastic. Julie appeared to have put her demons to bed and was enjoying the experience, her first Munro summit was reached - sublime views down Loch Etive!
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We sat at the top soaking in the stunning views whilst having brunch, Ben Starav in particular looking magnificent. Time to head back along the ridge and down to the Bealach, the view to the Big Bookil and its ridge looking very inviting!!
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At the Bealach Julie reported she was feeling fine and was ready for tackling Munro number 2 - Stob Coire Raineach , she also stated that going down was easier then she had imagined!

Ascent to SCR
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Looking back to SD - Julie tiger like in her ascent!!
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When we reached the summit there was a small party of friends celebrating the compleation of the Munros by one of them, turned out to be the friend of a certain Clach Liath from Walkhighlands. It was only when departing that I realized I'd read his fantastically witty report of his own double compleation on The Saddle a few months back. Well done to you both, and thanks kindly for the bubbly and cake :) .
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After the excitement of witnessing a compleation it was time to be even more excited and applaud Julie for her own double - 2 Munros! Looking very happy and pleased with her efforts - well done :clap: .
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The descent from SCR presented no problems, we got back to the car around 1pm.

This was a very nice walk, I'll probably take my hill virgin University fellow students up this when we stop for our summer break as I've promised them an alternative to the usual end of year bash.

Julie did well really well after her initial fears, she enjoyed her first taste of the mountains. I asked her if she could see herself walking more Munros in the future, she replied "why aye man" :shock: :lol: :wink: 8)
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Re: Banking on a double - rookie friend bashes the Bookil!!

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:46 pm

hahaha ..... Nice one

Looking to take my teenage girls 15&17 "up a hill" ,modern lassies all iphones and well iphones ..........you have just reminded me of one close to home. :lol:
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Re: Banking on a double - rookie friend bashes the Bookil!!

Postby simon-b » Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:57 pm

Great stuff, DB. Well done for introducing Julie to the mountains. Nice to see her looking so happy on her second Munro!
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Re: Banking on a double - rookie friend bashes the Bookil!!

Postby Clach Liath » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:12 am

Thanks for the name check. John. whose compleation it was, had a great time. Glad you enjoyed the bubbly and cake. As we had so many bottles between us, we decided to open another when we reached Stob Dubh too! Just to lighten the load of course :wink: :lol:

We fair floated off the mountain :D

Glad to have met you and good luck on the push to your compleation.
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Re: Banking on a double - rookie friend bashes the Bookil!!

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:28 am

If you want someone to catch Munro bug... I think BEB is the right place to take them :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Banking on a double - rookie friend bashes the Bookil!!

Postby dooterbang » Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:22 pm

Collaciotach wrote:hahaha ..... Nice one

Looking to take my teenage girls 15&17 "up a hill" ,modern lassies all iphones and well iphones ..........you have just reminded me of one close to home. :lol:
Looking forward to that pouting selfie styled report :wink:

simon-b wrote:Great stuff, DB. Well done for introducing Julie to the mountains. Nice to see her looking so happy on her second Munro!
Oh I think it was the lure of cake that put a smile on her face :wink:

Clach Liath wrote: As we had so many bottles between us, we decided to open another when we reached Stob Dubh too! Just to lighten the load of course :wink: :lol: We fair floated off the mountain :D
If you popped open the bubbly in the car park you could've floated up the mountain too :lol:

BlackPanther wrote:If you want someone to catch Munro bug... I think BEB is the right place to take them :lol: :lol: :lol:
Indeed!! Next time it's a 30K trek through a pathless mudfest, in the clag, with rain and howling winds!!
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Re: Banking on a double - rookie friend bashes the Bookil!!

Postby rockhopper » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:37 pm

Well done Julie :clap: ....and not so bad yourself, dooters :wink:

Great day for it, no wonder she's positive about walking more. Hope you get a good day when you're up with your fellow students - cheers :)
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