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Giubhas whining and wining

Giubhas whining and wining

Postby weedavie » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:01 pm

Munros included on this walk: Stob a' Choire Odhair, Stob Ghabhar

Date walked: 27/10/2017

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1250m

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This was a great day out but mostly I'm going to moan. With clocks changing, there'll be no value till Spring in taking the train beyond Crianlarich for hills - the 7pm return's just too long after sunset. So I wanted one last shot. It was also my 200th consecutive month on a Munro and the run had started on Stob Ghabhar so a symmetrical ending seemed worthwhile. (I'm not sad enough to count months - I just realised that was how long since March 2001 when foot and mouth disease resulted in us all being banned from the hills that month. That was the last time I missed.)

So I'd booked my bike as far as Crianlarich and got a separate ticket on to Bridge of Orchy because I wasn't able to get the bike booked that far. Anyway on Thursday evening I went in to the Scotrail website to confirm the time of the return train and it had disappeared from the system. I thought of doing Dubhcraig to Laoigh instead but decided just to do Ghabhar and cycle back to Tyndrum Lower where there was a train still running.

On the train next morning I asked the guard about the missing train. He said, no, it was running. That left me in two minds but they change crew at Crianlarich. I asked the new guard. Och no, he said, they couldn't get a crew so there's no train. There'll be a bus instead. I can't say how poor this is. There was no announcement and no notices at the stations. I'd planned my fallback, but tough on someone who'd walked into Corrour.

It was a cracking morning and I was off like the clappers. The time pressure wasn't for the train. I just didn't want to use the main road back to Tyndrum so it would be the West Highland Way and I really wanted daylight for that. I was thirty minutes to Clashgour and then two hours to the Stob Ghabhar summit. Wildlife was scarce. Some French lassies had got really excited seeing a roe deer from the train but that was within 2 miles of Queen Street. Then just short of the summit I was pleased to meet a bunch of ptarmigan, changing into winter attire.
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Just at this point the cloud came in for the first time but I got this glimpse of my downward route. Note the sunshine on Rannoch Muir. From now on I'd be seeing sunshine in the distance but wherever I was would be cold.

The top was Baltic, with just flashes of visibility so there was no urge to hang around.
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Sron nan Guibhas
I was going down Sron nan Giubhas. This is a really neat route I got out of Storer's 100 walks. I've encountered dotterel and allsorts on the plateau between Stob Ghabhar and the Sron. With the cloud coming and going I nearly departed down the Aonach Mor to Creise, a 90 degree error, but I woke up in time.
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Down the Sron
The ridge is an amble though it gives occasional challenges in snow.

Crossing the bottom of the corrie (Coire Dearbhadh, which I think means butterfly corrie), I was heading back west and then had to climb 20 metres on the far side, both of which seemed an imposition.
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nae butterflies
On the other hand the climb up Stob a' Choire Odhair's a really easy angle and the view, like most that go directly onto Rannoch, is superb. The cloud was low overhead, the sun was playing on the moor, I just sat and drank it in.

Time was pressing. It was 4.40 by the time I got to Clashgour and the bike. I blew up the tyres. I've recently changed to a hybrid which I like a lot better than the mountain bike. But it's got narrow 28 inch tyres and I managed 4 simultaneous pinch punctures on a rough track in the Lammermuirs this summer.
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Bike in the borders
So I keep them tyres hard! The WHW was easy, a really fun evening cycle with a touch of aid from the west wind. The Real food Cafe was a disappointment. Fish and chips was expensive, the batter was soggy and the fish did not taste fresh. I took one of their paper cups and headed across to the Green Wellie shop where I got a bottle of wine for the train. It rolled in to Tyndrum Lower on time. I was hoping nobody was waiting up at Tyndrum Upper for a train that would not arrive.

Now it's back to the car for the rest of the year. Let's hope this winter there's an excuse for an ice axe too.

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