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Buachaille Etive Beag

Buachaille Etive Beag

Postby iainR » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:21 pm

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

Date walked: 08/07/2017

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 8 km

Ascent: 973m

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Joining me on this latest exploit was Big Jie, workmate and conspirator in many hillwalking adventures most of which are well spaced apart due to impending heavy rain. This time the weather looked favourable making the 2 hour drive to Glen Coe worthwhile.
We began the walk from a layby a short distance from the main access car park which despite arriving at 10:30am was full as was just about every car park in Glen Coe. It had been over 10 years since my last visit to the area and i'd forgot just how busy it can get during July.
Following the well constructed path up to the ridge was straightforward enough and more importantly, dry. On reaching the cairn at the col between the two Munros the overcast sky was gradually clearing though the wind was picking up.
Deciding to bag Stob Coire Raineach first we headed left at the cairn and soon picked up one of the various faint tracks which snaked up through the rocks. We soon reached the summit and took in the views of the neighbouring Glen Coe peaks with the Aonach Eagach being a highlight for me. After a spot of lunch and the slow descent down loose gravel we eventually reached the col again and set off up the far longer path to Stob Dubh which thankfully a large crowd of walkers had just come off.
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Cairn at the col with Stob Coire Raineach behind

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Approaching summit of Stob Coire Raineach

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Aonach Eagach from Stob Coire Raineach

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Descending Stob Coire Raineach

The Stob Dubh section of the ridge was much more interesting and despite having reservations about the final stretch to the summit once i began going up any apprehension soon disappeared and i found myself really enjoying it. With the skies getting more blue than grey the views from the summit of Stob Dubh were terrific with Glen Etive and the full length of the Etive Beag ridge the highlights here.

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Approaching the summit of Stob Dubh

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Looking down to Lairig Eilde

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Glen Etive from the summit of Stob Dubh

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The Etive Beag ridge from Stob dubh

Retracing our steps back to the col was once again a slow and deliberate walk down loose gravel followed by the large stone steps down off the ridge which destroyed my knees with every jump but thats all part of the fun !
I really loved the Etive Beag and a return to Glen Coe is definitely going to happen sooner rather than later.
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