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Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive


Postby weaselmaster » Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:36 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Maol Chaluim, Stob Dubh

Date walked: 16/11/2014

Time taken: 9.3 hours

Distance: 22.2 km

Ascent: 2060m

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Suffering from a bad dose of Man Flu this weekend was never going to be a great feat of athleticism. Where some might have stayed at home and recuperated I decided that what doesn't kill you erm... doesn't kill you and thought that the mountain air might in fact do me some good. The forecast looked reasonable, for Saturday at any rate, so we headed off up to the Red Squirrel with the aim of tackling a couple of Glen Etive Corbetts. We did drive past to call into the Co-Op in Ballachuillich to pick up a selection of Sudafed/Vicks nasal decongestant type things before setting up camp. There looked to be no-one else at all in the campsite, and when Bart, the Polish attendant came for our money he seemed starved of company and stood chatting for a while. Outside the tent the stars were amazing in a black velvet sky.

Night Nurse is one way to achieve a good sleep when you have a cold, and it was almost 10am before we were up and ready. Just as well the hill was a fairly quick affair. If I'd been feeling well I might have tackled Stob Dubh and Beinn Maol Chalium on the same day, although sea level starts does make that a bit of a grim undertaking. Smitten with my lurgy there was no way I was doing more than one hill. We drove along to the start point by Coileitir and set off in the shadow of the mighty Starav. We passed a group of 8 folk at the gate who were doing Stob Dubh too - gazing up at its steep profile checking a route through the band of crags at 500-600m. The initial section is along a good track up to Glenceitlein cottage then cut off up to the right over scrubby grass. Over to our left the form of Beinn Fhionnlaidh dominated the view - a smashing mountain when seen in long form from here. As we climbed steeply the views just got better and better. There's a faint path that leads you through the craggy section and although it is a grueling ascent on account of the unremitting 800 odd metres of ascent, there's nothing unduly challenging. The gradient levels out a little in the last hundred or so metres and we were delighted to get up to the summit cairn and survey the views to the Glencoe hills in the north.

Approaching Stob Dubh
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Ben Starav
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Beinn Maol Chalium
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Starting up the shoulder
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View back to Glen Etive
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Beinn Fhionnlaidh
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Steep going
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Pano
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Summit - view to Creise
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After a bite to eat we pressed on to the sister summit of Beinn Ceitlein - a walk well worth doing as it provides excellent views back to Stob Dubh and great views up Glen Etive towards Creise. What a marvelous day! We decided to head over to the south top of Stob Dubh and head down the southern flank of the great cleft that divides Stob Dubh - the Garbh Allt. Any hopes that this would be less steep than the ascent route were quickly quashed - it was very steep grassy slopes for several hundred metres that took a bit of concentration. Couldn't believe how orange the hillside looked with the sun shining on the russet grasses. We crossed over the stream lower down then headed back across to join with our outward route and back to the cottage. A lovely walk back to the car watching the sun start to sink behind the primeval bulk of Ben Starav. Back to the Squirrel then a couple of pints in the Clachaig where we met a motley crew of WH folk, guidebook writers and pound note activists :lol:

Loch Etive & Beinn Trilleachan
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Contemplating Glencoe
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The Bookils
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Beinn Ceitlein
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Stob Dubh from Beinn Ceitlein
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Looking N along Glen Etive
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Stob Dubh
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Heading down into Glen Etive
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Orange hillsides
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Stob Coire Albannich
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Garbh Allt
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Looking South
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Starav
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Trilleachan
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Stats
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Sunday was meant to be raining in the morning, so when we awoke to more sunshine it was a bit of a shock to the system. Breakfast sitting outside the tent, no rain overnight - what strange planet is this?? Beinn Maol Chalium - or "Callum's Bare Arse" as it seems to be termed locally - was today's target, just across the road from Stob Dubh. We tootled back down into Glen Etive and parked up in a layby under the start of the walk - a steepish ascent for the first 150m or so. We could see some other folk up ahead, and soon caught up with a Polish couple then our friend from the Clachaig the night before - small world indeed. It was hot work heading up in the streaming sunshine - both of us had put on our winter trousers for this weekend, which was probably not the best decision :D

The route up is fairly straightforward - we took the option of a wee bit of scrambling up one of the craggy sections then just enjoyed the amazing sunshine views as we went over the succession of bumps that lead to the final summit. Sgreamhach and Bidean take up all views to the right, the Etive hills on the left side, with Sgurr nan Udlaidh looking impressive. Despite the blazing sunshine it was cold enough at the top to require the addition of several layers while we got stuck into soup and sandwiches. From up here Loch Etive was burnished silver, guarded by the surrounding mountains of Starav, Trilleachan etc. We wandered back down the same way - there isn't much option and were back at the car in just over 4 hours. The drive back down the road was breathtaking with pinks and golden orange tableaux of our favourite hills. What a fine weekend.

Looking north from the parking spot
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Bookils
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Chalium
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Wee scrambly section
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Sgurr nan Udlaidh
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Spine of Chalium
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Bidean/Sgreamhach
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Deep scores in Sgreamhach
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Views of forever
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Summit
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Smiley Weasel
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Starav/Cruachan
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Glen Etive N
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Stob Dubh
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Loch Etive
ImageP1040655 by 23weasels, on Flickr

Starav
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Re: Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Postby PeteR » Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:08 pm

Superb photos of what look like 2 great hills :D Looks like you got a great weekend of weather too :D What I managed this weekend doesn't even manage sub 2k status :lol: And I was surrounded in mist :roll:
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Re: Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Postby weaselmaster » Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:11 pm

PeteR wrote:Superb photos of what look like 2 great hills :D Looks like you got a great weekend of weather too :D What I managed this weekend doesn't even manage sub 2k status :lol: And I was surrounded in mist :roll:


Cheers Pete
Stob Dubh's a fantastic hill, well worth all the toil and sweat to get to the top.
Couldn't believe the weather - shame I didn't feel up to doing a couple of longer days with sunshine like we had, but I'm not going to grumble too much with the views we enjoyed.
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Re: Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Postby Sarah86 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:17 pm

The light is perfect at this time of year and you have captured it well, I really like your shots after the sun has set, the sky looks lovely.
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Re: Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Postby robertphillips » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:25 pm

well done wm, stob dubhs west ridge is good steep pull up to the summit.
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Re: Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Postby malky_c » Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:14 am

:shock: :shock: even better than the previous weekend, which was decent enough for November!

Lots of great photos there. I'm looking forward to Stob Dubh even more now (and Bein. Mhic Chasgaig as well) :D
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Re: Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Postby rockhopper » Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:17 pm

very nice, wm - certainly looked like going north was the right idea that weekend - cheers :)
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Re: Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Postby 2manyYorkies » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:17 pm

Lovely sharp photos. What do you use, if you don't mind me asking?
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Re: Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Postby scottishkennyg » Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:59 pm

Nice one Al..cracking sharp images toward the end there..quality walk :clap:
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Re: Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Postby litljortindan » Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:31 pm

Just a lazy weekend then. The Saturday hills do look steep but great views. I do like Glen Etive.
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Re: Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Postby hopper68 » Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:48 am

Some crackin pics there
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Re: Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Postby Spade » Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:01 pm

hopper68 wrote:Some crackin pics there

Smashin report and photos, fancy doing these walks, but minus night nurse! took it once before, couldn't stay awke the next day!! So hats off for doing them following the NN. :crazy:
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Re: Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Postby dogplodder » Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:16 am

What a great weekend you got for views!

And did it cure the man flu? :D
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Re: Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Postby weaselmaster » Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:05 am

2manyYorkies wrote:Lovely sharp photos. What do you use, if you don't mind me asking?
JW


A wee Panasonic Lumix DMC FT5 point and shoot - with the advantages that it's light, waterproof, drop proof (up to a point) and manages to function in low temps
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Re: Dazzling November Sunshine in Glen Etive

Postby weaselmaster » Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:06 am

dogplodder wrote:What a great weekend you got for views!

And did it cure the man flu? :D

Yep - it was pretty much gone by the sunday
Heartily recommend mountain air for all manner of ailments :lol:
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