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Stob Coire Creagach

Stob Coire Creagach


Postby bootsandpaddles » Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:01 pm

Route description: Stob Coire Creagach (Binnein an Fhidhleir), Butterbridge

Corbetts included on this walk: Binnein an Fhidhleir

Date walked: 18/10/2010

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We're not quite sure what to call this hill. :? In the Corbetts book the highest point is called Stob Coire Creagach but on the OS map this peak is not named. The slightly lower summit to the west is called Binnein an Fhidleir. So we have hedged our bets and used both names. :)
We had been feeling quite jealous of those down south and further north where there had been tons of snow. In the Central belt there had been hardly any. But we set off with all our winter gear in the hope of finding some decent winter conditions without driving too far. About an hour later we were putting on our boots in the car park at Butterbridge. Crossing the road we climbed over the gate then over a stile to gain access to the hill. It was steep: very steep. Despite the sub -zero temperatures we were soon stripping off layers of fleece as we toiled up the tussocky slope through a plantation of young trees to reach a stile which allowed us out onto the open hillside.
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Walking up to the ridge
We aimed for the ridge just above a rocky outcrop. Behind us we had great views of the Cobbler, framed by Beinn Luibhean and Ben Ime.
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The Cobbler
The patches of snow became larger and more frequent but were still quite soft, although huge icicles hung all around. From the car park we had spotted a herd of deer high up on the hillside and now we had been spotted outselves. Deer heads popped up all along the ridge and just as quickly disappeared again.
We continued our ascent, picking our way through the crags on the ridge: it didn't get any less steep. Close to the summit the snow became more continuous and turned to ice in places so we put on our crampons and went up the final snow slope to the top.
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Putting on the crampons
It had taken us about two hours. Putting all our layers back on again we settled down for a cup of tea and a sandwich. All around us were the spectacular snow covered winter Highlands.
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View from the top
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More views from the top
Although I moved up to Scotland just over four years ago I am still blown away (sometimes quite literally!) by the fact that such jaw-dropping views exist so close to my home. We sat in the snow and picked off the hills: Ben Cruachan, Ben Nevis, Bidean, Ben Lui, Ben Oss, Ben Dubhcraig, Ben More, Stob Binnein. The list went on and on. But we began to get cold and decided to descend the north east ridge. The conditions under foot were superb with wonderful crunchy snow along the undulating ridge.
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Down the ridge
We had taken the precaution of bringing our small sledge with us and lower down we had fun careering down the hillside. :lol:
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Sledging

Eventually the slopes ran out and we reached a track under some pylons. This took us down through some deep snow between trees to the main track back to Butterbridge. Here we encountered our first people of the day. Less than an hour later we were back at the car after a great day out. It's always a mistake to think "Only a Corbett".
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Re: Stob Coire Creagach

Postby kevsbald » Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:59 pm

Nice post.
Any peak in Winter can potentially be a bugger.
Lovely photos and excellent sledging idea.

Sure that route up must have been a slog.
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Re: Stob Coire Creagach

Postby sproot » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:44 pm

hi looks amazing love the pics back to the cobbler, could it be Creag Bhrosgan as in this pic??
whatever great pics , glad the snow is still there,,,
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Re: Stob Coire Creagach

Postby Paul Webster » Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:11 pm

Great pics - and you've alerted me that we have the summit of that Corbett in the wrong place :shock:
I think I recognise you in the first photo - from the MCofS meet.
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Re: Stob Coire Creagach

Postby bootsandpaddles » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:13 am

Yep, that's me. We went looking for ptarmigan in the mist.
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