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The Big Buachaille

The Big Buachaille


Postby mountainsofscotland » Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:20 am

Munros included on this walk: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor), Stob na Broige (Buachaille Etive Mor)

Date walked: 01/11/2015

Time taken: 5.66 hours

Distance: 14.2 km

Ascent: 1285m

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The weather forecast this morning looked pretty-good. I therefore abandoned plans to ascend one of my remaining dull Grahams and instead drove from my base in Arrochar round towards Glencoe with a view to ascending Bidean nam Bian.

As I drove along the A82 towards the Glencoe Mountain Resort, Buachaille Etive Mor looked outstanding. As it was 12 years since I last ascended this fine mountain, I also abandoned plans for Bidean nam Bian in favour of once again ascending the Big Buachaille.

I stopped twice en-route to the car park at Lagangarbh to take photos.

Buachaille Etive Mor from the Glencoe Mountain Resort road:
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Buachaille Etive Mor from the A82:
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Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

While getting suited and booted, an expensive disaster struck as I stupidly dropped my iPhone into a deep puddle. The water must have damaged the circuitry inside as it will no longer charge.

From the car park, I made my way towards Lagangarbh and beyond towards Coire na Tulaich.

Lagangarbh and Buachaille Etive Beag (Stob Coire Raineach) during initial walk in:
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Lagangarbh and Buachaille Etive Mor:
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Heading towards Coire na Tulaich:
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Passing the fork in the path leading round towards Curved Ridge and other scrambles/climbs brought back great memories of my last ascent of Buachaille Etive Mor via Agag's Groove. Kevin led the 1st and 3rd pitch and I led the 2nd and 4th pitch. Despite it being 12 years ago, I still remember the exposure on the 4th pitch.

Kevin ascending Agag's Groove on Rannoch Wall:
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Today, I would be taking the easy approach via Coire na Tulaich. I last ascended this way in 2001.

Ascending Coire na Tulaich:
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The path ascending Coire na Tulaich was much better than I remembered. Perhaps the path has improved during the past 12 years.

Looking back towards Lagangarbh, the Mamores and Blackwater Reservoir:
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Within 75 minutes of leaving the car, I reached the top of Coire na Tulaich. From the top of the coire, I proceeded towards Stob Dearg.

Stob Dearg from the top of Coire na Tulaich:
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The views this morning were very impressive. The Black Mount Munros had wisps of cloud inversion while all the Glencoe hills to the West were completely cloud-free. The clarity today was outstanding.

Inversion over the Black Mount Munros:
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It was good to set eyes on Bidean nam Bian, my original target for today. This was my final Munro in October 2005.

Bidean nam Bian beyond Buachaille Etive Beag:
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The ridge out to Stob na Doire:
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Inversion:
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Ascending Stob Dearg:
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The view down to the Kingshouse and the flat expansive of Rannoch Moor was also nice.

Looking down to Rannoch Moor from Stob Dearg:
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I visited both cairns at the summit area as I wasn't sure which one was highest.

Across the A82 lies the Corbett, Beinn a' Chrulaiste. It is a great hill for views of Buachaille Etive Mor.

Beinn a' Chrulaiste with the Blackwater Reservoir beyond from top of Stob Dearg:
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View from summit of Stob Dearg:
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Bidean nam Bian, Buachaille Etive Beag and the Aonach Eagach:
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Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg (zoom):
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From the summit of Stob Dearg, I returned to the col and then progressed along the ridge with a view to visiting Stob na Broige (Munro), Stob na Doire (Munro Top) and Stob Coire Altruim (Munro Top).

Looking towards Stob na Doire from the 902m top:
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Looking back to Stob Dearg:
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The ascent of Stob na Doire was straight-forward.

View towards Stob Coire Altruim from the summit of Stob na Doire:
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The descent from Stob na Doire is quite steep but there is a good path to follow.

Looking back to the steep descent of Stob na Doire:
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On reaching the col, I took a short diversion off the path to have a brief stop on a grassy area with two cairns.

Two cairns near the col between Stob na Doire and Stob Coire Altruim:
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I then progressed up Stob Coire Altruim and on towards Stob na Broige.

Stob na Broige and Stob Coire Altruim:
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Looking back to Stob Dearg and Stob na Doire from summit of Stob Coire Altruim:
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Heading out to Stob na Broige:
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Looking across to Buachaille Etive Beag (Stob Dubh):
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I had my longest stop of the day at the summit of Stob na Broige where I took numerous photos of the surrounding hills. I particularly enjoyed the view towards Loch Etive. Glen Etive is an area I definitely need to revisit in 2016.

At the summit of Stob na Broige:
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Looking back along the ridge to Stob Dearg, Stob na Doire and Stob Coire Altruim from summit of Stob na Broige:
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Ben Nevis in the distance above Buachaille Etive Beag's col from the summit of Stob na Broige:
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Bidean nam Bian and Buachaille Etive Beag (Stob Dubh) from the summit of Stob na Broige:
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Glen Etive hills and Loch Etive from the summit of Stob na Broige:
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View towards Loch Etive from the summit of Stob na Broige:
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From Stob na Broige, I retraced my steps to Stob Coire Altruim and beyond to reach the top of a track which leads down to Lairig Gartain.

Descent to Lairig Gartain:
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Care is needed in the descent as it is steep in places and there is an unavoidable 20-30m section of easy down-scrambling next to a waterfall.

On reaching Lairig Gartain, I followed the track out to the A82 and then walked along the A82 back to the Lagangarbh car park.

Walking alongside the River Coupall in Lairig Gartain:
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Today was about as good as it gets on the hills. On a good day it is worth doing good hills.
Last edited by mountainsofscotland on Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:12 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: The Big Buachaille

Postby jamesb63 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:05 am

Very nice report and some excellent pics with the views :clap: :clap:
I done the a few months ago and all I saw were my feet :lol: :lol:
it was thick clag from halfway
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Re: The Big Buachaille

Postby ilovescotty » Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:42 am

What perfect weather, looks like you had a great day! Makes me want to just quit work and drive up to the hills! Anyone else get that feeling on a Monday?
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Re: The Big Buachaille

Postby tweedledog » Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:31 am

Looks like a glorious day :D .
On the iPhone, I can recommend the standard technique of putting it in a bowl of rice in a dry place. I fell in a river with mine :crazy: but about 3 weeks in rice in the airing cupboard brought it back to life - for a couple of years anyway.
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Re: The Big Buachaille

Postby dogplodder » Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:34 am

Great photos. Who would believe that was November? :D
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Re: The Big Buachaille

Postby BobMcBob » Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:32 pm

ilovescotty wrote:What perfect weather, looks like you had a great day! Makes me want to just quit work and drive up to the hills! Anyone else get that feeling on a Monday?


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday... any day with a 'day' in it :D Especially after looking at reports like this.
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Re: The Big Buachaille

Postby kev_russ » Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:39 pm

Braw pics as per usual 8)
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Re: The Big Buachaille

Postby dav2930 » Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:09 am

What a perfect day for the Buachaille. Superb.

Did this traverse in June 2001, starting up Curved Ridge. At this time of year I guess CR could have been a bit damp and greasy, despite the sunshine. Nice pic of Agag's Groove - very exposed for a VDiff, esp on pitch 4 as you say (did that in 1983 and I wouldn't mind doing it again - you've given me an idea, thanks!). :D
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