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Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think

Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think


Postby Gordie12 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:55 pm

Route description: Buachaille Etive Beag

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

Date walked: 19/09/2014

Time taken: 3.8 hours

Distance: 9.3 km

Ascent: 963m

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The forecast was a bit tricky for today, would the mist burn off, would the tops be above the clouds or would it just be clag city?

I was the only one parked in the car park when I set off at 8.40am (the lay-by for Buachaille Etive Mor was full).

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As I looked around, most of the tops were in cloud but they seemed to be clearing ahead of me. There is a great path all the way to the climb up to the bealach where it turns in to one long stairway of stepping stones.

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Arrived at the bealach in an hour where I had the choice of heading left or right.

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Stob Coire Raineach


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Start of the climb to Stob Dubh


Tricky decision, head left in to the clag or head right in to the clag - I went left.

While heading up Stob Coire Raineach there was one small bonus.

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Big brother says hello


Twenty five minutes after leaving the bealach I was at the summit.

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Stob Coire Raineach summit


Little point in hanging about on the summit so after a quick drink I headed back down stopping to chat with a guy from Norwich who was up on holiday doing some Munro bagging.

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First part of the climb up Stob Dubh


After the initial steep climb up from the bealach the remainder of the walk to the summit of Stob Dubh is easy going with the ridge narrowing but sadly no views down on either side.

Arriving at the summit of Stob Dubh my paper map told me I was at the top, my Garmin told me I was at the top and so did my WH notes but coming and going through the clag I could see another top that despite all the evidence I managed to convince myself was an inch higher than where I was standing so I needed to carry on.

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Summit of Stob Dubh


At the next summit I realised this was where WH refers to the unbeatable views of Glen Etive so the least I can do is share the view with anyone who reads this.

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Glen Etive


Time to turn round and head back to the bealach. Again, didn't hang about on the summit as the clag was as bad now as it had been all day. Heading back I met the guy from Norwich again. He was telling me he had done 16 Munros in 2 years, made me think how many I would have done if they were all in his part of the world - probably a big fat zero.

At the bealach the cloud seemed to be starting to lift a little bit.

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Stob Coire Raineach


The remainder of the walk was enjoyable as I was now below the cloud line and the sun was threatening to break through.

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View down to the road


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Looking back


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As I got to within about 400 yards of the car park a couple of foreign guys heading up the hill stopped me to ask how much further it was to the top, they could only have been 10 minutes from the car park :? :? :?

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A busier car park


Back at the car park the sun came out and more of the tops were starting to clear - think I need to head back and do these two again on a clearer day.

Time wise, 3hrs walking, 15 minutes of catching my breath on the walk up from the car park to the bealach and 25 minutes chatting to anybody who would listen to me.

Drove back through Glencoe in blue sky and sunshine as far as Bridge of Orchy where it started to cloud over again.
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Re: Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think

Postby Fife Flyer » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:30 pm

Nice one Gordie :clap: Exactly the same conditions as when I did it a few months ago, agree with you the path is really good :wink:
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Re: Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think

Postby The Rodmiester » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:53 pm

Fife Flyer wrote:Nice one Gordie :clap: Exactly the same conditions as when I did it a few months ago, agree with you the path is really good :wink:


Same again with the weather as already know, great pity. Nice hill though and a fine path which made for good fast walking :D Next year in June I'm back up there doing a Compleation with a fellow Club member, just maybe I'll get a view for once. :lol:
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Re: Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think

Postby Silverhill » Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:47 pm

Shame you didn’t get the views. They are indeed unbeatable towards Glen Etive. Although your picture is of those views is priceless! :wink:
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Re: Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think

Postby BoyVertiginous » Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:58 am

Hadn't really considered this as a "quickie", despite driving by it several times a year. Now firmly on the radar.
Cheers.
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Re: Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think

Postby Gordie12 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:33 pm

BoyVertiginous wrote:Hadn't really considered this as a "quickie", despite driving by it several times a year. Now firmly on the radar.
Cheers.


Just choose a good day - apparently there are great views from the tops!!
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Re: Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think

Postby jepsonscotland » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:09 pm

Aye, agree with the others. The view of Glen Etive is spectacular.
Shame you didn't get the view. This time................... :lol: :lol:
I'm sure you won't have a problem finding volunteers to go back and do these two again.
It's well worth it for the view.
Count me in. :wink:
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Re: Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think

Postby SecretSquirrel » Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:15 pm

Good report. Shame you didn't get the views, but your pictures show the route well - good info for me with these hills still on the todo list. :D
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Re: Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:22 pm

Ahh, the elusive views... :( But now you have a good excuse to do it again - in winter conditions :wink:

That's what we decided when we did the Wee Buachaille this summer. We were lucky with weather, got the panos, but found the hill so easy that it would be a sin not to return here when the white stuff arrives :D
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Re: Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think

Postby Gordie12 » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:34 pm

SecretSquirrel wrote:Good report. Shame you didn't get the views, but your pictures show the route well - good info for me with these hills still on the todo list. :D


Hi SecretSquirrel - there is a fork in the track after about half a mile, take the left track uphill rather than heading down towards the river and that is really the only decision you need to take all day - the rest is straight forward and obvious (even in clag).
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Re: Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think

Postby Gordie12 » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:36 pm

BlackPanther wrote:Ahh, the elusive views... :( But now you have a good excuse to do it again - in winter conditions :wink:

That's what we decided when we did the Wee Buachaille this summer. We were lucky with weather, got the panos, but found the hill so easy that it would be a sin not to return here when the white stuff arrives :D


I got this one wrong BP.

I'd rather do a lower Corbett or Graham and get views than tick off a Munro just for the sake of it - definitely want to go back to these two either in winter or on a guaranteed non clag day so I can see the views for myself.
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Re: Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think

Postby litljortindan » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:42 pm

Big Brother looming out of the cloud makes for a great photo.
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Re: Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think

Postby Gordie12 » Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:13 pm

litljortindan wrote:Big Brother looming out of the cloud makes for a great photo.


Thanks, the one highlight of the day.
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Re: Stob Coire Raineach & Stob Dubh - I Think

Postby rockhopper » Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:04 pm

Ach, I've lost count of the number of times the forecasts turn out incorrectly :roll: Pity about the clag but, as you say, the bonus was your inversion shot - cheers :)
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