Parked up near Coileitir at 10pm. Back seats down in the car, sleeping mat & bag prepped for some shut-eye before a 5am start on Starav.
The rising sun lighting up the cloud over Ben Starav
Waterfall on route to the start of Starav's ridge
Glas Bheinn Mhor framed with blue sky's at 6am
Getting towards the rockier climb up Starav
The view down Glen Etive towards the Buachaille's
The top of Ben Starav comes into view, with Stob Coire Dheirg on the left
The boulder clamber up Starav
Looks daunting, but just a simple scrambly clamber over boulders
Looking back down the ridge and some cloud starting to move in ...
The summit of Ben Starav ... apparently there should be a crumbling circular trig point? Possibly hidden under the cairn?
The clag moved in obscuring the summit views. I waited 20-30 minutes to see if it would clear, but unfortunately it was not to be
Still some old snow still kicking about
Moving into the unknown ... navigating the rocky ridge towards Stob Coire Dheirg
There wasn't much else to see until I got back under the cloud on route to Beinn nan Aighenan
Beinn nan Aighenan was rockier than I expected, but an easy walk up
Some views open up towards Cruachan
Back in the clag on the summit of Beinn nan Aighenan
Loch Tulla in the distance
A bit clearer now back at the bealach, some views across Glas Beinn Chaol
Back up into the clag to Meall nan Tri Tighearnan
Conditions starting to brighten up
Eventually rewarded with a view back to a clag-free Beinn nan Aighenan
Onwards to Glas Beinn Mhor
Looking back to the top of Meall nan Tighearnan and Ben Starav starting to make in appearance in the background
Beinn nan Aighenan again
Glas Beinn Mhor summit cairn
Conditions on Starav improving by the minute
Descent path along Glas Beinn Mhor's ridge. Lochs Dochard and Tulla beyhond.
Stob Coir an Albannaich
The River Kinglass
The walk out along Allt Mheuran
Looking back to Glas Beinn Mhor
Stob Coire Dheirg and Ben Starav
Glen Etive looking fab in the afternoon sunshine
Crossing the, very still, River Etive on the last leg back to the car.
Ben Starav Photo Album
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