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Beautiful wee Buchaille

Beautiful wee Buchaille


Postby 2manyYorkies » Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:24 pm

Route description: Buachaille Etive Beag

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

Date walked: 01/10/2015

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 9.7 km

Ascent: 1000m

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October 1st, autumn is here, mists, mellow fruits and Factor 30. Yes. another fine day of this Indian summer.
Today was supposed to be a more restful day following two hefty days and six Munros, but in the law of the mountain walker it surely must be a criminal offence to waste such glorious weather moping about in the glens, so up high it had to be. With a token gesture to an "easier" day, I chose Buchaille Etive Beag, a 30 minute drive across Rannoch Moor, and a shortish walk on good paths.
The drive itself was a pleasure, plenty to admire:
Inversion over Loch Tulla
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Moonshine on Creise .... (apologies..)
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Big Buchaille and moon
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The car park was nearly empty and luckily in shade, as was the major part of the ascent, fortune smiles again. :lol: :lol:
The ascent path to the bealach is excellent, divided roughly into three sections of steady, steep and steady again, and I got to the bealach one hour after leaving.
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Looking back to Aonach Eagach
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First views down Glen Etive ...
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I took a right turn and headed up to Stob Dubh, the southern summit, then followed the advice to go further on to the far cairn, for the best views down Etive.
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Fine views abounded, plenty of those mountain "ta-da!" moments when you get over a rise, or turn a corner and get a new spectacular view.
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Bidean...
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Back north to Stob Coire Raineach
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The Big Buchaille ..
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Turning round, it was a straightforward traipse back to the bealach and then on up onto Stob Coire Raineach.
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From this point I was surprised to see an inversion over Loch Leven, even in this week of inversions...
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The big fella..
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One point to note, the descent of the second summit seemed to have many variant choices, with some steepish scree paths over to the right; best to keep left back to the bealach, from where its a quick jaunt to the car park.
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Re: Beautiful wee Buchaille

Postby Chris Mac » Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:01 pm

Great photo's, especially the Big Buchaille with the moon! :clap:

Looking forward to doing the wee Buchaille at some point, looks to be fairly straightforward with some amazing views down Glen Etive, cheers! :D
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Re: Beautiful wee Buchaille

Postby SecretSquirrel » Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:06 am

Wow ... what a cracking day you had. Blue Skies and inversions, you couldn't ask for better. Fabulous photographs too! Love the inversion over Loch Leven. :clap:

I agree about the paths heading right on the descent of Stob Coire Raineach. On the way down I was coming across well defined paths I hadn't noticed on the ascent, but they did seem to head for fairly steep ground. Like you, I kept left and retraced my steps back to the bealach.
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Re: Beautiful wee Buchaille

Postby simon-b » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:44 pm

It is a little beauty of a mountain, 2mY.
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Re: Beautiful wee Buchaille

Postby Silverhill » Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:51 pm

Another day with great views for you and more inversions! 8) I love the pictures. :D
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