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Glorious Glen Etive

Glorious Glen Etive


Postby rockhopper » Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:15 pm

Route description: Beinn Trilleachan, Glen Etive

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Trilleachan

Date walked: 20/11/2016

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 9 km

Ascent: 1020m

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Have been rather busy of late and only now getting round to this. Was a little concerned at whether the Glen Etive road would be passable having seen snow down to the roadside via the traffic cameras for Altnafeadh but on the day there was just a little light snow near the start with the rest mostly clear – just had to watch out for the odd icy patch. Parked in the car park at the southern end of Glen Etive and got ready to set off. Gaiters on for the first time this winter – have never been a fan of gaiters and I tend not to wear them unless carrying crampons.

The first part of the walk is up to the side of the trees. Very boggy for much of this section but there was a path of sorts. The ground starts to get drier once up at about 200m at which point I turned to the SW to start up the rockier and steeper section towards Meall nan Gobhar.

Once on to more open ground there was more of a view up Glen Etive with the light cloud starting to disappear.

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Once into the snow, the going got quite a bit tougher. There had been no-one before me so it was all new snow – varied from being nearly up to knee high then on to boulders hidden by a thin layer of slippery snow. All served to slow up progress but no complaints – had a lot of time and it was looking like it was going to be a nice day.

Ben Starav

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Onwards and upwards

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Better views as I got higher and as the sun started to rise

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Was meant to be an “arty” shot ;-)

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Towards Glen Creran

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Glen Etive again

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Got to the 767m point above the slabs then had to find a way down before the final kilometre to the summit. The direct route looked too steep with the NW side looking a little better even if steep and rocky. Even although the snow was soft, opted to stop and put on the crampons just in case – didn’t really want to be part way down and get stuck and there was no track in the snow to follow. Headed cautiously down to the NW until it levelled out at the bottom – continued from there to the SW.

Inversion in the view towards Ben Cruachan

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South western hills

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Glen Creran

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Towards the summit

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Ben Cruachan

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Selfie shadow

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Last bit before the summit

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Ben Sgulaird

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Cairn

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Southerly inversion

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Ben Starav

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Donned an insulated jacket, cleared a space on a rock and sat down to look at the view and have some early lunch. Could have stayed there all day but even in the sun it did eventually start to get a bit cold. Packed up and got ready – took a few more photos before setting off back the same way.

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Possibly Ben Lui

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Self portrait

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Sun now quite high over Ben Cruachan

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Last look at the inversion to the south

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Now that the sun was high the shadows in the earlier photos were being lit up

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Mist had rolled into Glen Etive by now but it only partially obscured the view

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Hadn’t seen anyone else all day then five people can into view – two, then two and a fifth behind taking photos. The first two appeared and the first explained that they were following my tracks. They were all from the Lochaber and Lorn Ramblers.

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Back up the steep section – much easier now with a trail to follow

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Misty Glen Etive

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Took a wee detour to try to get the sun behind me – very faint brocken spectre

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Then downhill and back to the car.

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Cut the corner to try to reduce the bog walk beside the trees which meant going through a large patch of dead ferns – not sure whether this was the better way. Some nice views lower down.

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Back at the car, got changed, and wandered around taking some more photos then set off for the drive back up the glen.

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There were a lot of deer down near the roadside and, at some points, blocking the road. Many just didn’t want to move out of the way. One stag was eating in the grass oblivious to the fact that I had stopped the car, had got out and was standing just a few feet away – had to whistle to attract his attention.

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Low mist and fog for much of the way from Glencoe down to the southern end of Loch Lomond. Uneventful drive the rest of the way home.
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Re: Glorious Glen Etive

Postby Alteknacker » Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:36 pm

Glorious place, glorious day, and some pictures that really capture that glory. :clap: :clap: :clap:

The pic of Sgulaird from Trileachan really reveals those brutally endless ups and downs on the way to the summit via the East ridge (I was up in this neck of the woods towards the end of the last white season, and remember it well!).
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Re: Glorious Glen Etive

Postby wilkiemurray » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:47 am

Great report - looked like an amazing day to be in the hills. Love your photos on this one and a grand inversion :)
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Re: Glorious Glen Etive

Postby mamoset » Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:00 am

Some cracking shots there, especially the inversion pics :D
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Re: Glorious Glen Etive

Postby BobMcBob » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:11 pm

Lovely pics there, especially the inversion ones. :clap:
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Re: Glorious Glen Etive

Postby Mountainlove » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:26 pm

Excellent set of photos. Really looking forward to head back to Glen Coe, its a magical place and your photos show the beauty of it.
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Re: Glorious Glen Etive

Postby Jaxter » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:28 pm

That's just fabulous! Wonderful photos of what looks like an amazing hill :clap: :clap:

It's a shame it gets so cold up top though, I've started carrying my bivvy bag and crawling inside that so I can enjoy the views for longer...sure I look like a total numpty jumping around in what's effectively a red bag but keeps me a bit warmer :lol: :lol:

How did you get the deer to stay so still?! Living things always run away from me... :shock:
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Re: Glorious Glen Etive

Postby litljortindan » Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:29 pm

Glad you made that effort through the soft snow and got those great pictures. Great views of Cruachan with the inversion and also the later ones looking into Glen Etive. Inspiring!
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Re: Glorious Glen Etive

Postby dav2930 » Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:52 pm

Superb, a real feast for the eyes. So many shapely and impressive peaks well photographed there - Stob dubh and Stob na Broige are especially striking viewed from Glen Etive aren't they? Great shot of Ben Lui too (it certainly does look like Ben Lui!).
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Re: Glorious Glen Etive

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:07 pm

Really looking forward to this after your report and lovely pictures. Perhaps when the snow is back. We nearly went up it Sunday but went up Ben Starav instead.
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Re: Glorious Glen Etive

Postby jacob » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:32 pm

Wow, now there's some mindblowing pictures. Real real nice. :clap:

And Jaxter: although simple it's a great idea I'd never think of myself: taking the bivy bag up the summit.
I bet my lady loves the idea. :lol:
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Re: Glorious Glen Etive

Postby Collaciotach » Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:37 pm

'S math sin :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Glorious Glen Etive

Postby Borderhugh » Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:36 am

Looks like you had a great day out there RH. Some great mountain and wildlife shots. The deer peg it when they see me. Etive is special. Trilleachen is definitely on my radar. Been thinking about that slab route. :clap:
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Re: Glorious Glen Etive

Postby rockhopper » Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:57 pm

cheers all :D

Jaxter wrote:How did you get the deer to stay so still?! Living things always run away from me... :shock:
Borderhugh wrote: The deer peg it when they see me.
Same with me - they usually disappear quickly but in Glen Etive they're quite happy to hang around

dav2930 wrote:Stob Dubh and Stob na Broige are especially striking viewed from Glen Etive aren't they?
Would certainly agree with you

jacob wrote:although simple it's a great idea I'd never think of myself: taking the bivy bag up the summit.
I carry one of these which weighs around 100gr but don't often open it out - also have a two man bothy bag but it's a wee bit of a hassle with only one of me :roll:
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Re: Glorious Glen Etive

Postby BobMcBob » Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:25 pm

rockhopper wrote:cheers all :D

Jaxter wrote:How did you get the deer to stay so still?! Living things always run away from me... :shock:
Borderhugh wrote: The deer peg it when they see me.
Same with me - they usually disappear quickly but in Glen Etive they're quite happy to hang around


The deer in Glen Etive are unusually calm around people I find - matched only by the ones around the head of Loch Arkaig in my experience. I was also given a tip by a fellow photographer - which I've tested and it works - to tempt them with chocolate Digestives. I usually keep a packet handy these days, trouble is I'm often too busy eating digestives to photograph the deer :D But I do recommend a drive down Glen Etive armed with biscuits. Last time I just forgot the camera and had an amazing half hour feeding them from my hand to a small herd by the road, probably one of my best experiences of this year.
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