walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!


Postby dooterbang » Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:59 am

Route description: Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh

Munros included on this walk: Ben Cruachan, Stob Daimh

Date walked: 17/01/2015

Time taken: 5.3 hours

Distance: 9 km

Ascent: 1000m

6 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

For todays winter trek I'd be re-united with my old walking buddy Gordon, alongside a small band of like minded folk from the Scottish Hillwalking & Activities Group. The group consisted of the usual array of interesting characters from far and wide, all with good banter, a story to tell and showing real passion for the outdoor lifestyle.

Original plan was to do Cruachan & Diamh but with fresh snow aplenty and a high avalanche risk on NE slopes we played it safe and chose to ascend/desend Diamh via it's NW shoulder - less risky.

Gordon picked me in Glasgow around 6.30am, after I'd stuck on my yaktrax to navigate through an icy Kelvingrove Park - worthy of its own TR, and we headed North :)

The drive up the A82 was rather spicy - check out the gritter/snow plough around 30s!



As usual, a stop at the Green Welly shop - a hub for outdoor folk to parade their new gear - entailed passing of water and a catch up with other walkers. We left and drove west - Loch Awe was soon in site.
Image

The forecast stated mostly foggy with some snow showers, it appeared correct :(
Off we went, straight up through the wooded area, heart rates pounding!
Image

Looking back towrds Loch Awe - now free of the wooded area.
Image

We soon approached the Cruachan Dam, an arrangement of big boy Tonka Trucks scattered the landscape.
Image

The views started to open up, glimpses of sunshine pierced through the misty haze...was I dreaming :shock:
Followed the track East of the Dam then started to ascend Diamh's NW shoulder. The fun factor was now high :)
Image

Image

Reservior Reflections
Image

Image

Image

Image

Heading up the shoulder...
Image

The banter was flowing between the young guard and the old brigade, unfortunately I now qualify for the OB, but I still had the legs to show these youthful people how it's done. Now enjoying the physical challenge I shot up the ridge Northwards. Kept looking back at the wondrous views, the group now resembling ants - big mutant ones!
Image

Image

Image

My eyes were also pulled West looking along the ridge to the Summit of Ben Cruachan...
Image

Image

and SW to the Cruachan reservior.
Image

Higher up the sun started to peak over Beinn a Bhuiridh and provided an awesome backdrop, I was now above the clouds and the word breathtaking springs to mind. Officially, this was now a top grade winter sunshine walk :wink:
Image

Image

Image

I'd stuck on the crampons about 150M before the summit as I was now finding it hard to kick steps into the hard snow, any excuse really :)
Image

I stopped at the Munro top of Stob Garbh and changed into dry tops, I was wet...with all the physical exertion! Time for food whilst waiting on the others. We all had a bite to eat here. Having already done Diamh I chose to stay put and take in the surrounding whilst the other followed the ridge for 400M to reach the true summit point.

On our descent, and reaching the Dam, the weather had changed and the fog was thick...but we all had huge grins on our faces, and it wasn't from the young brigades banter :wink: .

Todays walk was just fantastic, can't beat winter sunshine walks with clear views and no wind.

Thanks to Gordon for organizing. Must also mention that Gordon has trained up over 120 people in navigation skills for free over the years, he's now taking a break from this role within the group. Well done mate :clap:

Also nice to see the younger folk out. Young Harrison at only 18 has already climbed Mont Blanc and has booked up for the Himalayas. Passion flows through his veins and it's infectious. A great way to spend those early years, and later ones, :wink: Good on ya mate. :thumbup:

Cheers.

Image
Last edited by dooterbang on Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
dooterbang
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 1824
Munros:255   Corbetts:57
Grahams:18   Donalds:10
Sub 2000:7   Hewitts:18
Wainwrights:21   Islands:19
Joined: Oct 27, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

Postby rockhopper » Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:24 am

Certainly developed into a great day when you got higher up, dooters - well done all ! Have thought a bit about going out with a group but have never got round to it yet.

Was going to head up there to Beinn a'Bhuiridh today......but last night's forecast for strong winds and a lot of wind chill put me off :crazy: ...getting old :? - cheers :)
User avatar
rockhopper
 
Posts: 6269
Munros:282   Corbetts:187
Grahams:59   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:8   Hewitts:2
Wainwrights:3   Islands:19
Joined: Jun 1, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Jan 18, 2015 12:21 pm

Nice one and I guess your injury is healing up ? .

Can't beat Winter snow n sunshine :D
User avatar
Collaciotach
Hill Bagger
 
Posts: 1727
Munros:282   Corbetts:114
Grahams:29   Donalds:3
Sub 2000:20   
Islands:27
Joined: Aug 8, 2011
Location: Gaidhealtachd an Iar

Re: A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

Postby foggieclimber » Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:35 pm

Good to see the weather improved dramatically as the day went on. Nice inversion :)
foggieclimber
 
Posts: 1041
Joined: Aug 9, 2009

Re: A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

Postby mountainstar » Sun Jan 18, 2015 5:00 pm

You continue your amazing luck of having the weather Gods on your side.
Hopefully that will continue for our little meet soon. :D
User avatar
mountainstar
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 2459
Munros:282   Corbetts:221
Grahams:24   Donalds:8
Sub 2000:20   Hewitts:218
Wainwrights:214   Islands:24
Joined: Dec 7, 2009
Location: Wrexham

Re: A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

Postby kev_russ » Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:45 pm

Looked a good day Doots. That will be young Harrison i'm following on Instagram. The wee man gets aboot!
User avatar
kev_russ
Walker
 
Posts: 388
Munros:148   Corbetts:48
Grahams:22   Donalds:26
Sub 2000:13   Hewitts:8
Wainwrights:9   
Joined: Mar 17, 2009
Location: Edinburgh

Re: A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

Postby hopper68 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:03 pm

Nice pics and good report. The 4th picture with the digger ,that belongs to Trekpete lol. Im not sure if he is still on this forum but i know he is working there..
hopper68
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 58
Munros:162   Corbetts:21
Grahams:16   Donalds:20
Sub 2000:5   Hewitts:8
Wainwrights:13   
Joined: Oct 25, 2014
Location: Hamilton

Re: A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

Postby trekpete » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:00 pm

That was looking pretty fantastic up there. My Tonka toy was over to the right, the JCB not one of those horrid Cat's. Weather up here has been dire for the last 10 days so it's nice to see it looking like this. There was a foot of snow lying on Wednesday morning at that level and it took us until lunch time to get up the road. Looks like it needs cleared in the morning again :lol:
User avatar
trekpete
 
Posts: 77
Munros:267   Corbetts:73
Grahams:53   Donalds:63
Sub 2000:40   Hewitts:10
Wainwrights:17   
Joined: Mar 29, 2011
Location: North Ayrshire

Re: A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

Postby dooterbang » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:03 pm

trekpete wrote:That was looking pretty fantastic up there. My Tonka toy was over to the right, the JCB not one of those horrid Cat's. Weather up here has been dire for the last 10 days so it's nice to see it looking like this. There was a foot of snow lying on Wednesday morning at that level and it took us until lunch time to get up the road. Looks like it needs cleared in the morning again :lol:
Great place to work, if weather plays ball. Yeah, seen the bigger JCB :)

rockhopper wrote:Certainly developed into a great day when you got higher up, dooters - well done all ! Have thought a bit about going out with a group but have never got round to it yet.

Was going to head up there to Beinn a'Bhuiridh today......but last night's forecast for strong winds and a lot of wind chill put me off :crazy: ...getting old :? - cheers :)
Getting lazy now that you've compleated :wink:

Collaciotach wrote:Nice one and I guess your injury is healing up ? .
Still hurts I'm afraid :(

mountainstar wrote:You continue your amazing luck of having the weather Gods on your side.
Hopefully that will continue for our little meet soon. :D
Like the weather next week will matter :wink:

kev_russ wrote:Looked a good day Doots. That will be young Harrison i'm following on Instagram. The wee man gets aboot!
He's mad for it :shock:

hopper68 wrote:Nice pics and good report. The 4th picture with the digger ,that belongs to Trekpete lol. Im not sure if he is still on this forum but i know he is working there..
Ha, I know of his reports from the dark side :wink:
User avatar
dooterbang
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 1824
Munros:255   Corbetts:57
Grahams:18   Donalds:10
Sub 2000:7   Hewitts:18
Wainwrights:21   Islands:19
Joined: Oct 27, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

Postby weaselmaster » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:12 pm

I almost headed over that way on saturday, need a couple of tops in that circuit (sron an isean and meall cunail), but reckoned that was too big a job for one day in thick snow - think i got it right - looks hard work, Doots
Fabby hill though
User avatar
weaselmaster
Wanderer
 
Posts: 1745
Munros:205   Corbetts:192
Grahams:65   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:175   Hewitts:31
Wainwrights:15   Islands:28
Joined: Aug 22, 2012
Location: Greenock

Re: A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

Postby Sidewinder » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:12 pm

That was a great walk Paul, good to see your old legs can still handle a QMD! I look forward to the next one. :)
User avatar
Sidewinder
Mountaineer
 
Posts: 20
Munros:282   Corbetts:13
Grahams:2   Donalds:4
Sub 2000:5   
Joined: Feb 27, 2011

Re: A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

Postby Silverhill » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:47 pm

What a glorious day you had for this walk. Good to see you’re back enjoying the hills! :D
User avatar
Silverhill
 
Posts: 1244
Munros:280   Corbetts:3
Joined: Jan 13, 2013

Re: A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

Postby dooterbang » Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:41 pm

weaselmaster wrote:I almost headed over that way on saturday, need a couple of tops in that circuit (sron an isean and meall cunail), but reckoned that was too big a job for one day in thick snow - think i got it right - looks hard work, Doots
Fabby hill though
Ah, you would've made it look easy :)

Sidewinder wrote:That was a great walk Paul, good to see your old legs can still handle a QMD! I look forward to the next one. :)
I've not lost it yet old fella :wink:

Silverhill wrote:What a glorious day you had for this walk. Good to see you’re back enjoying the hills! :D

Thanks silverhill, was great being out again. Hopefully I don't wait to ong to get out again :wink:
User avatar
dooterbang
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 1824
Munros:255   Corbetts:57
Grahams:18   Donalds:10
Sub 2000:7   Hewitts:18
Wainwrights:21   Islands:19
Joined: Oct 27, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

Postby malky_c » Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:31 am

Nice inversion - looked like a fine day out 8) . I was going to make some comment re: your wasted youth, but you seem to have edited the relevant bit out. Did you see me coming or something? :lol:
User avatar
malky_c
 
Posts: 5807
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:219   Donalds:74
Sub 2000:250   Hewitts:256
Wainwrights:102   Islands:33
Joined: Nov 22, 2009
Location: Inverness

Re: A Winters Feast - Snowy Stob Diamh!!

Postby MunroMadMen » Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:42 am

The kind of days we live for, pics are stunnin :)
User avatar
MunroMadMen
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 441
Munros:168   Corbetts:3
Grahams:1   Donalds:1
Sub 2000:1   
Joined: Jun 9, 2014
Location: Cumbernauld

6 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Next



Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Doghouse103, Ghotay, Liebestoter and 68 guests