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Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully


Postby gman » Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:02 pm

Date walked: 12/02/2016

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 8 km

Ascent: 1100m

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Finally back in Glencoe - had a few months on the injury bench since a fall on the Cobbler in July, went to A&E the following morning and got 4 weeks on my back in a hospital bed with fractured vertebrae and various other breakages and punctures. Not recommended unless you like watching Jeremy Kyle. Had a few walks in the Arrochar Alps in the last couple of months but this would be the first proper outing.

Obligatory Buachaille pic which everyone takes when they stop for a pee.
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SCNL.
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Path is steeper than I remember, near the top:
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I've been waiting for this - SCNL in all its glory.
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Boomerang Gully, turned out to be a snow swim so I took a steep, rocky exit gully on the left.
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Queues on Dorsal Arete.
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Climbers around Twisting Gully and Chimney Route.
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Boomerang again, with the narrow exit gully.
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There were prints in the snow leading to the gully but they soon petered out and it became a bit laborious.
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The exit gully was steeper with rocks and patches of frozen turf to hook on, I had few frantic moments before the easier-angled ground above.
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Plenty of camera breaks required on the plod to the summit.
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Couple descending the ridge to Gearr Aonach. Met folk on the summit who had come up the zig-zags which were apparently fine.
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Aonach Eagach behind:
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Phew!
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Summit photies, Buachailles:
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Beinn a'Bheithir:
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Bidean
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Two guys had just come up Broad Gully, said it was fine but hard going ascending unconsolidated snow.
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Much easier on the way down even if I didn't risk a bumslide.
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Dorsal Arete
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Climbers from earlier
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Collected some water from the burn on the way back which found its way into a painkilling malt.
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Re: Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Postby Mal Grey » Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:00 pm

That looks superb!
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Re: Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Postby gman » Sun Feb 14, 2016 7:17 pm

Mal Grey wrote:That looks superb!


Yeah, fingers crossed for stable weather conditions and a freeze to let the snow consolidate.
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Re: Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Postby prog99 » Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:55 pm

Great photos, the classic gullies(sc & twisting) still look like they are lacking consolidation.
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Re: Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Postby pollyh33 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:21 am

Amazing photos! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Good to see that you started your rehab with a gentle wee bimble on the hills :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:
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Re: Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Postby gman » Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:57 pm

pollyh33 wrote:Good to see that you started your rehab with a gentle wee bimble on the hills :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:


'It seemed like a good idea at the time...' :lol:
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Re: Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Postby mgmt! » Mon Feb 15, 2016 7:51 pm

Nice pictures there gman, good to see you back out . Done a lovely gully ascent and descent of Fuar Tholl yesterday that would be right up your street. Went up a soft snowed grade 2 on the north east face and descended a grade 1 gully on the same cliff. The snow was more consolidated in the grade 1 gully . We need a thaw before any further freeze to harden the snow pack , here's hoping.
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Re: Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Postby dav2930 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:28 pm

Stunning photos of spectacular day out. Shame the snow wasn't more consolidated (would have made the gully more enjoyable I'm sure), but what fabulous views! :clap:
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Re: Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Postby Jaxter » Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:23 pm

Wow you've got balls :shock: :clap: :clap:

Epic photos too :D
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Re: Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Postby gman » Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:40 pm

Jaxter wrote:Wow you've got balls :shock: :clap: :clap:

Epic photos too :D


Cheers, PS I am framing this comment :lol:
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Re: Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Postby rockhopper » Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:58 pm

nice way to get back out again - well done - cheers :)
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Re: Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Postby Tomsie » Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:07 pm

Nice photos, will have to try something like this, what kind of equipment do you use for gullies?
Good that your back out again. :)
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Re: Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Postby gman » Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:47 pm

Tomsie wrote:Nice photos, will have to try something like this, what kind of equipment do you use for gullies?


I picked up a helmet, a pair of DMM Flys and G12s for easy grade stuff last winter - got most of it on ebay. You get snow, ice & stones falling in the gullies so the helmet was handy. Some folk recommend one axe but I feel safer with 2, although there were scrambly bits where the 2nd one was in the way (I only used 1 on Ledge Route). Had a blast last winter, definitely recommended.
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Re: Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Postby Tomsie » Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:27 pm

gman wrote:
Tomsie wrote:Nice photos, will have to try something like this, what kind of equipment do you use for gullies?


I picked up a helmet, a pair of DMM Flys and G12s for easy grade stuff last winter - got most of it on ebay. You get snow, ice & stones falling in the gullies so the helmet was handy. Some folk recommend one axe but I feel safer with 2, although there were scrambly bits where the 2nd one was in the way (I only used 1 on Ledge Route). Had a blast last winter, definitely recommended.


Thanks for that, Have some stuff for rock climbing and lost a few bids on ebay for the axes, just need to get out and try the gullies
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Re: Stob Coire nan Lochan Boomerang Gully

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:29 pm

a w e s o m e :clap: :thumbup:
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