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Big Bookle, Wee Bookle

Big Bookle, Wee Bookle

Postby RTMcB » Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:34 pm

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

Date walked: 15/09/2014

Time taken: 7.75 hours

Distance: 20.5 km

Ascent: 2065m

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It had long been a dream of SMRussell and I to do the combined Buachaille Etive Mor and Beag Munro's. Inspired by epic routes such as Monty's and Davetherave's http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5564 we settled for Rockhopper's slightly more sensible route http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=13333!

Slightly overcast with Stob Dearg in the cloud we set off from the higher car park and took a short cut through the bog and straight onto the approach up Coire na Tulaich. I hr and 20 to get to the top, It was busy as Sauciehall St, so we didn't hang about in the clag - nae views to be had! Pretty loose stones getting down from Stob na Doire, not my favourite, but got to Stob na Broige in 1 hr 30 min from first summit.

It was on the way back from this summit where we encountered 4 lads in jeans! First question they asked was, "is there a good way off this mountain?" I said they would have passed the route off on their way here. No, they said, they had come straight up from Glen Etive :shock: Only 1 of them was wearing boots, the rest plimsoles. I suggested they might be safest taking the route down into Glencoe and no doubt someone would give them a lift back to their van. They seemed keen on getting straight back to the van, so we left them to it. There's a fine line between having cahoonas and stupidity/unpreparedness - debate!

Leaving the madness and the crowds behind we headed down Coire Altrium into Lairg Gartain. SMRussell, having set a hardcore pace for our first ridge was grumbling about her knees and not sure she wanted to do the wee bookle but without any encouragement made a bee line for it - hmm, Munro fever. Maybe it was cause she was busting for a pee! Having got to River Coupall we found a good spot to take a whizz. No sooner than I had taken half ma boab oot, but some lady walkers appeared out of nowhere! :shock: It's come as a shock but we had been quite used to remote hills wi naebody aboot recently!

With ma dignity half intact we headed up the remnants of a path leading up to the bealach at 748 on the wee bookle. Refreshingly it was deserted, fantastic views across to Aonach Eagach :clap: A quick jaunt up Stob Coire Raineach and a careful slide back down before visiting Stob Dubh and the views down Loch Etive. Best views were had on the wee bookle. No doubt better on a sunny day, but stunning and dramatic in the light that we had. We retraced our steps and enjoyed the walk back to the car along the excellent path through Lairg Gartain. Dinner at the Kingy as always!
Image14 Sep 2014 A550 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Nowhere to go in an avalanche!

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Relief at a sit down.

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Epic Views

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Thanks to the guy who took our photo!

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Route across big bookle ridge

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Across to the wee bookle

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Cloud threating to come down and envelope us

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Loch Etive from Stob na Broige

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Not such a busy summit

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SMRussell and the wee bookle

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AE from bealach on wee bookle

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Path up Stob Coire Raineach, loose stones mostly

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tucking into a pork pie :wink:

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Stob Dubh from SCR

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Towards Bidean nam Bian

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Loch Etive from Stob Dubh

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Last summit

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Re: Big Bookle, Wee Bookle

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:50 am

Hi RTMcB, like the view along the length of the wee Buachaile, something we never saw under 2weeks ago, cloud base 700m. A distinctive red slabbed rock where the cairn sits at the Bealach, where you tucked into your pork pie. Good effort the two of you :)
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Re: Big Bookle, Wee Bookle

Postby rockhopper » Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:17 pm

Nice one - pity about the clag but at least you got some views. :thumbup: Think if I was walking this route again I might go clockwise like you rather than have to descend down Coire na Tulaich - cheers :)
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Re: Big Bookle, Wee Bookle

Postby Silverhill » Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:49 pm

Ah yes, I fancied doing this last year, but was enjoying myself thoroughly on the Big Bookil so never got down to doing the wee one as well. Great trip, well done! The clarity of your pictures is amazing despite the grey day. :D
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