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New Years Day on Buachaille Etive Beag

New Years Day on Buachaille Etive Beag


Postby wilkiemurray » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:56 am

Route description: Buachaille Etive Beag

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

Date walked: 02/01/2016

Time taken: 4 hours

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30th April 2005. This was a Bank Holiday weekend and was also the last time I was up Stob Dubh and Stob Coir Raineach. Since then I hadn’t been back up Buachaille Etive Beag (BEB), having seemingly climbed every other Gelncoe hill numerous times apart from this one!

A rather miserable Boxing Day forecast meant our initial plans were scrapped and so I suggested a hike up BEB. This would give us shelter until the Bealach where we would assess the conditions. The walk was fine and the snow deep, we could see the snow twisters spilling over the Bealach and down our side of the hill. We eventually reached these with sudden gusts hitting us then fading as quickly as they had come. However as we neared the Bealach the wind was ferocious. We probably made it to around 850m before making a decision to descend. (short film here :
https://www.facebook.com/steaming.boots.71/videos/467071036814900/?theater )

The blizzard and white room was bad enough here and the ridge above wasn’t offering any shelter!! Back to the car for 10.30am but glad to have been out to burn off the Christmas Day calories.

Six days later and we set off again for the same hill. A weather window was scheduled -although winds were still forecast to be gusting to 45mph in the morning and rising as the day proceeded. Left the car round 9 and were first on the hill. The drifts made for some leg sapping trail breaking but the tops were clear and views magnificent! Our Snow twisters and spin drift soon made a reappearance but the winds were nowhere near as bad as Boxing Day. Goggles and gear on, we progressed up to point 902m. What a fine ridge, back in 2005 it had been cloudy and we didn’t get to see this.

We made the top at the back of 10 after battling the spindrift! The walk back was made much more comfortable by having the winds at our back and in fact the winds were easing (contrary to what was forecast) and the spindrift and snow twisters started to fade….
A quick descent to the Bealach and we decided to crack on to Stob Coire Raineach. A quick blast up here and then home. The hill was now busy and met lots of folks coming up, hope they all enjoyed the da as much as us. A grand start to 2016….

A few snaps...

ImageBidean nam Bian dark clouds (1 of 1) by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageDrone shot of Glencoes Three Sisters by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageSnows surround Glen Etive by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageNinjas on The wee Buachaille by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageBidean nam Bian view by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

Imagesnowy peaks from Buachaille Etive Beag by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageThrough the spindrift above Glencoe by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageMountaineers contemplate ascent by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageGartain thread - River Couplall in the Lairig Gartain by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageBen Starav and Loch Etive by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr
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Re: New Years Day on Buachaille Etive Beag

Postby jacob » Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:18 pm

Where I come from, we'd comment this with "not bad". We'd mean to say these photos are absolutely top notch.
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Re: New Years Day on Buachaille Etive Beag

Postby scottishkennyg » Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:45 pm

Nice one WM, really liked the air shots, (what drone have you got?) . Also liked the still shot with you both in it as it shows a interesting perspective to the ridge. Cheers and ATB for 2016
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