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Buachaille Etive Beag, this time with added views

Buachaille Etive Beag, this time with added views


Postby OpenC » Sat May 28, 2016 8:11 pm

Route description: Buachaille Etive Beag

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

Date walked: 28/05/2016

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Ascent: 900m

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Buachaille Etive Beag today; been up there before in cloud but promised myself I'd go back on a better day and today was a better day. Light conditions were all over the place, though, so forgive the white balance :shifty:

New favourite mountain, after having seen it in the daylight. Wasn't particularly impressed with Stob Coire Raineach (and feel there should be a campaign to get it demoted again :)), but Stob Dubh is an exceptional walk, narrowing to a wonderful ridge which never feels even slightly dangerous but has the air of real mountaineering about it. Really excellent walk, recommended very highly.

The path up
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How the Aonach Eagach looked at the start of the day
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Initial pull up to the ridge is hideously steep - but you gain height very quickly, and lose it very quickly on the way back down.
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View along the ridge to Stob Dubh
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Lola just before the final ascent
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Aforementioned final ascent. There are some big drops around here but no real sense of exposure despite the relatively narrow ridge
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Stob Dubh summit
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View back along the ridge
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Better look at Stob Dubh after the sun came out
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Second Munro of the day, the much less inspiring Stob Coire Raineach
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Looking over to Bidean Nam Bian
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Lola with Aonach Eagach behind
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Looking up to Glen Etive and Loch Etive.
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Terrain on Stob Coire Raineach is abysmal. Scree everywhere, absolutely purgatorial descent
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Second summit.
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Nevis range detail. Not much snow left on the Ben.
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Behind the Nevis range. Don't know what any of these are; Mamores? Grey Corries? Trieg and Ossian way? No idea.
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Glen Etive again, from Stob Coire Raneach summit.
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Aonach Eagach on the way bach down
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Exceptional walk, loved it. If I wasn't aiming for the all the Munros, though, I wouldn't have bothered with Raineach despite the summit view (which would have taken about an hour off the day). Took four and a half hours, and three and a half driving each way. Big day but some mountains are worth it and this was one. Unfortunately, there are a lot of Munros that I've climbed in the cloud which I'm now thinking I'm going to have to go back for after all :) Up to 59 now. Slowly filling in the ticks in the book :)

Billions of people up there today; some of you must have been among them :) Lola says hello if you were, and apologises for dirtying your trouser legs and tops depending on the level of affection you showed her :)
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