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A slightly later than planned Streap show report

A slightly later than planned Streap show report


Postby PeteR » Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:14 am

Route description: Streap, near Glenfinnan

Corbetts included on this walk: Streap

Date walked: 14/03/2015

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A slightly delayed report this one.........from a couple of weekends back.

Streap had been on my “to-do” list for some time. Knowing it would offer a tough day it was on my “Saturday pass” list – those Saturday’s where MrsR gives me special dispensation to go walking instead of my usual Sunday :wink: :D Just a few inches off Munro status maybe, but it certainly shouldn’t be underestimated just because it’s one of those Corbett thingummies :shock:

On getting home from work on the Friday MrsR announced that she was away Saturday with one of her sisters to a baby fair, or some such thing. I wasn’t being invited :D so was instructed (yes, instructed.....ok, maybe not.....more invited :lol:) to go a wee walk on the Saturday :wink: The Met Office suggested this was one invitation I shouldn’t refuse :D I mean, life can be so cruel sometimes :lol: :lol:

And Streap was calling me 8)

After enjoying a healthy artery blocking breakfast courtesy Ronald MacDonald I was parked up at the Craigag car park for an 8.30 start. I was beginning to think the man (or woman) from the Met Office had been fibbing as I set off. There was little sign of the sun and the cloud was looking pretty thick.

The route itself involves a quick few yards along the main road from the car park to an estate track. The sign on the gate suggests walkers are welcome, but the very first obstacle I found myself struggling with was the gate I had to get through. Now, I’m not fat, I’m not fat at all, but even I struggled getting through this thing. First (after a bit of initial faffing) I had to pass my rucksack through and then manoeuvre myself round through the narrowest of gaps :? Me thinks a redesign is required :crazy:

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Having passed the first test I was now on my way properly :D

The first part of the route is a two mile walk along a landrover track alongside the Dubh Lighe. There were some nice cascades and waterfalls to catch my attention along the way, giving me the opportunity to stop and take a few early photos :D

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Crystal clear waters

As the main track took I sharp right I took the left offshoot; a short section of boggy track leading to a deer fence. Another obstacle was encountered at the deer fence, as I couldn’t easily see a route round, over or through the fence. Managed it eventually :?

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Left here

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Next obstacle.......and the start of the pathless section into the Coire

The next section of the day wasn’t the best – the pathless rising traverse of the lower flank of Beinn an Tuim into Coire an Tuim :shock: Thank goodness the bracken was all died down, as it would have been a jungle otherwise. As it was, for me it was very much a slow traipse, with the odd route finding “issue” along the way (managed to put myself on some steepish, damp craggy bits at one point :shock: :lol:).

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Eventually the Coire came into view, which helped bolster my enthusiasm somewhat. It’s s till a bit of a walk in, but over a much more gradual climb, even if it was boggy in places (but hey, this is Scotland. What did I expect :lol:). It was a fairly gentle rise up on the Bealach a’Chait, made more entertaining by a little walk up a remaining bank of snow :D

Oh, and the sun came out :D :D

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Once on the main ridge the route really comes into its own; rising and falling first over Meall an Uillt Chaoil and then Stob Coire nan Cearc before the final climb up onto Streap itself. I have to say, on arriving on the Bealach a’Chait the view back to the craggy north face of Beinn an Tuim certainly caught the eye :shock: 8)

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My route

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Beinn an Tuim

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The actual route to Streap isn’t difficult, but as I say does involve going up, then down, then up and down again before the final climb. When I was there the descent routes also had significant cover, which was entertaining :D Had a few moment where crampons would probably have been sensible, but I was lazy and instead chanced my arm now and again :roll: :shock:

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My route ahead

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Some views back off the first summit

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I have to admit, as my eyes clocked the craggy face of Stob Coire nan Cearc I did start to doubt myself, given I was on my own. It looked awfully craggy and there was a fair covering of snow on the descent off Meall an Uillt Chaoil to get past too :shock: :D As it was, everything was overcome without any difficulties :D

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The summit of Stob Coire nan Cearc gave me the chance to clock in with MrsR and let her know I was ok. From here Streap looked magnificent. There’s talk of an airy ridge and I was still a bit nervous being as I was on my lonesome and thus far had seen no one. Again, as I was to discover achieving the summit of Streap was straightforward, even with some hard, icy snow to deal with coming down off Stob Coire nan Cearc.

ImageP1150550 by Riedel2012, on Flickr
Nearly there

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Streap.....here I come

I really enjoyed the steep narrow climb and then the sometimes airy short walk to the summit cairn. Time again to report in to MrsR and soak up more great views. Some were a bit hazy and to be honest the views north, south and west were something of a confusion of great looking hills. I’ve walked many of them too, but was struggling to locate specific hills that easily at the time. One for an “at home” review in the comfort of my favourite sofa :lol:

ImageP1150587 by Riedel2012, on Flickr

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Looking east though the magnificent form of Ben Nevis was unmistakable Along with the neighbouring Aonachs and Mamores 8)

ImageP1150619 by Riedel2012, on Flickr

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ImageP1150621 by Riedel2012, on Flickr

The ridge across to Streap Comhlaidh was great fun. Steep at first, then narrow before the final easy climb onto the unmarked summit. In normal circumstances this would all be straightforward, but with a big slab of icy snow to cross became far more “interesting” :lol: :shock:

ImageP1150634 by Riedel2012, on Flickr

ImageP1150635 by Riedel2012, on Flickr

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ImageP1150671 by Riedel2012, on Flickr

And then came the descent back to the Glen :shock: :shock: As descents go, it wasn’t technical at all.............just very steep............very steep For me this converts to slow.................very slow :lol:

ImageP1150680 by Riedel2012, on Flickr

ImageP1150688 by Riedel2012, on Flickr

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By the time I had reached the bottom I was being overtaken by a couple of young lads. They stopped for a brief chat, where one suggested he was feeling sluggish (I’d been watching them both fleeing down the steep ridge). Well, if he was feeling sluggish goodness knows what that made me..........old I think :shock: :( :lol:

But now I was on an often boggy land rover track and the long walk back out :D What could possibly go wrong?

Well that would be the knee high bog I stepped into on the track, resulting in me finishing the walk in a fetching pair of two tone trousers - top half mountain green and bottom half peat bog brown :lol: :lol: I was certainly surprised at the strength of the suction as I attempted to extricate myself and my boots from the gloop :shock:

Thankfully the remainder of the walk was uneventful :D Stopped off en-route at the rebuilt and refurbished Gleann Dubh Lighe bothy 8) I’ve not bothied before, but this looked like luxury compared to some bothies I’ve popped into on other walks. A very impressive refurb job :clap:

ImageP1150703 by Riedel2012, on Flickr

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So that was my Streap experience. A magnificent day and by the looks of it I was one of many fellow walkhighlanders making the most of some stellar weekend weather that Saturday :D :D
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Re: A slightly later than planned Streap show report

Postby malky_c » Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:18 pm

Drool :mrgreen:

Fantastic day for it :D . This is somewhere near the top of my list of great-looking hills I haven't done, and consequently I keep saving it for a good day. I almost added it onto my walk over Sgurr nan Coireachan and Sgurr Thuilm this Sunday, but due to a poor forecast, I didn't start early enough (actually turned out quite nice in the end). If I had, I think it would have finished me off!

Quite a lot less snow now than there was a week earlier, but interesting to note the narrow summit approach was fairly clear for you. I remember another report on another site where someone had a bit of a brown pants moment on it in winter conditions :lol:
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Re: A slightly later than planned Streap show report

Postby PeteR » Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:22 pm

Thanks malky :D

I must admit, knowing what the forecast for that Saturday was it was hard not to contain my excitement as the wife gave me tragic news she was off out with her sister :lol: I struggled to get the right balance between being devastated at the news ..........................as I rushed about the house getting my gear together, downloading the route and grinning like a Cheshire cat :lol:

As for the hill, it is (in my opinion obviously) a hill to be savoured on its own. Those Glenfinnan Munros are tough enough, without adding on the steep sides of Streap as well. Hopefully you'll tick it off your to-do list in similarly sunny conditions as I enjoyed :wink: :D

And as for brown pants........there was one moment on the route between Steap and Streap Comhlaidh where I thought maybe crampons would have been advisable :shock:
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Re: A slightly later than planned Streap show report

Postby Fife Flyer » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:07 pm

Great stuff Pete, up to your usual witty standards :lol:
You must have taken quite a few photo's :wink:
Like you I am hopeless at looking at hills and naming them :roll:
Streap also has the benefit of being one of those hills that we can maybe even pronounce, unless of course you don't say it as it looks :lol: :lol:
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Re: A slightly later than planned Streap show report

Postby Collaciotach » Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:55 pm

Nice one and a cracking hill one of my locals :wi
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Re: A slightly later than planned Streap show report

Postby Beaner001 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:09 pm

Enjoyed that Pete, it's a hill I've had a beady eye on for a while now too. Looks like it merits the long drive to and from too :clap:
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Re: A slightly later than planned Streap show report

Postby Kevin29035 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:36 pm

I was one of the guys that passed you on the way down! :) My friend was the sluggish one, he was fine on the downhills, just those uphills were giving him an arse kicking.

Great day!
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Re: A slightly later than planned Streap show report

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:00 pm

Great trip, stunning photos and no I'm not in the slightest jealous :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: A slightly later than planned Streap show report

Postby rockhopper » Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:54 pm

Cracking day it turned out to be, Pete - you've got some fantastic photos there ! Having had that sort of day I guess the boggy bit at the end was soon forgotten - cheers :)
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Re: A slightly later than planned Streap show report

Postby PeteR » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:23 pm

Fife Flyer wrote:Great stuff Pete, up to your usual witty standards :lol:
You must have taken quite a few photo's :wink:
Like you I am hopeless at looking at hills and naming them :roll:
Streap also has the benefit of being one of those hills that we can maybe even pronounce, unless of course you don't say it as it looks :lol: :lol:


Thanks Martin

Nothing wrong with a few photos. Gives me something to do when I'm getting my breath back :lol:
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Re: A slightly later than planned Streap show report

Postby PeteR » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:26 pm

Collaciotach wrote:Nice one and a cracking hill one of my locals :wi


I've noticed you have some very fine local hills to choose from :thumbup: I'm only just a little bit jealous :mrgreen:
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Re: A slightly later than planned Streap show report

Postby PeteR » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:27 pm

Beaner001 wrote:Enjoyed that Pete, it's a hill I've had a beady eye on for a while now too. Looks like it merits the long drive to and from too :clap:
Cheers


Oh, on a fine day it's well worth the drive :wink:
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Re: A slightly later than planned Streap show report

Postby PeteR » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:29 pm

Kevin29035 wrote:I was one of the guys that passed you on the way down! :) My friend was the sluggish one, he was fine on the downhills, just those uphills were giving him an arse kicking.

Great day!


Kevin, it was good to meet you and your friend :thumbup: Neither of you looked sluggish to me as you caught me up on that descent and left me standing :lol:
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Re: A slightly later than planned Streap show report

Postby PeteR » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:30 pm

Huff_n_Puff wrote:Great trip, stunning photos and no I'm not in the slightest jealous :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: A slightly later than planned Streap show report

Postby PeteR » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:33 pm

rockhopper wrote:Cracking day it turned out to be, Pete - you've got some fantastic photos there ! Having had that sort of day I guess the boggy bit at the end was soon forgotten - cheers :)


Cheers rockhopper. The dunk in the bog was more of a shock than anything really, but as you say couldn't take away from a superb day on a superb hill :D
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