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Ben Cruachan & Stob Diamh

Ben Cruachan & Stob Diamh


Postby jonny616 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:06 pm

Route description: Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh

Munros included on this walk: Ben Cruachan, Stob Daimh

Date walked: 26/06/2010

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 15 km

Ascent: 1486m

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Managed to park in the make shift layby, but nearly ended up on a tour of the lochs & glens courtesy of an a-hole coach driver. Switched on the GPS fantastic already 5 meters above sea level!

Up the station steps, under the railway, up a few more steps then of on the overgrown path on the left. Now in the notes from my favorite walking site, it says 'meanders through oak & birch'. Sounds pleasent even romantic. What it should say is slog steeply uphill getting smacked in the face by oak & birch all the while thinking i have to come back this way when i am knackerd. Then if your as lucky as me your mate who works for a certain electic company says 'I could have got a land rover from the power station to run us up to the dam'. Cheers :shock:
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Ridge above dam

That all said once you are on the dam the coire around the resovior is magnificent.
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Ridge above resovior
although for some reason i did not take a picture of Cruachan bearing down on the ridge. You can see the whole route & the way home.
Only read the notes to the line that says 'just before the track ends a small cairn marks a path up to the left'. So we took said path wondering why some others were not. Then read the next line ' However this path is the boggier of the two & it is better to take the one at the end of the track' :lol:
Up through the coire dearg to the lochan at the bealach. Some parts are quite steep, but you are soon up.
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Up coire dearg
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Lochan at bealach

Then up the eroded & stony path, then through the boulder field to the summit.
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Looking up to Cruachan
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Through the boulders

From the summit the ridge looked great, if not a little scary. Stopped for first lunch for about half an hour & took in the scene.
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View to stob diamh from cruachan summit
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Resovior & loch awe
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Loch Etive
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Summit cairn & moi

Picked our way down off cruachan & then had a bit of a scramble over the slabs & then down off them. After that the ridge becomes an easier walk, but looking back it is a beast & uninviting or challenging anticlockwise depending on your point of view. Over Drochard Ghlas & onwards to Stob Diamh.
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Looking back after drochard ghlas

At the summit of Stob Diamh had second lunch & photos plus some chat with a group who decided one waas enough for them that day.
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Summit of Stob Diamh

Then homeward bound over stob garbh & down to the resovior. From the dam down the evil path of the devil to the car.
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Cruachan from Stob Garbh

A great day, but effort required.
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Re: Ben Cruachan & Stob Diamh

Postby monty » Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:24 pm

Nice report Jonny...
I was up there on Saturday. Nice cool wind blowing in from the west and mist for most of the early morning. Love the pictures :D
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Re: Ben Cruachan & Stob Diamh

Postby jonny616 » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:25 pm

monty wrote:Nice report Jonny...
I was up there on Saturday. Nice cool wind blowing in from the west and mist for most of the early morning. Love the pictures :D


Hi Monty

I read your report & we saw the couple with the dog twice. They past us just before the slabs on there way to Cruachan & then caught us up whilst we were stoped for a cuppa at Stob Diamh. Our summit pic was taken by them. Off to Glen Etive on saturday. How about you.

Jonny
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Re: Ben Cruachan & Stob Diamh

Postby monty » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:50 pm

Hi Jonny,
I am recovering from a good walk yesterday and may goto Glen finnan on Friday. then possibly the ring of steal but it all depends on the weather. If its looking like a washout then the drumochter two are on the cards :lol: Enjoy your walk in Glen Etive. :D
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