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Grey Corries East End

Grey Corries East End

Postby chasmcc » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:11 am

Munros included on this walk: Stob Ban (Grey Corries), Stob Choire Claurigh

Date walked: 18/11/2017

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 15.5 km

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The forecast was promising for a return visit to the Grey Corries after a stormy visit in September when gales and rain shortened the day. Parking just south of Corriechoille we were away by 08.00am and planned the circular route up the Lairig Leacach path in towards the bothy before heading west for Stob Ban and then north to Stob Choire Claurigh.

Walk into Lairig Leacach bothy

It was bright and sunny with a chilly westerly wind keeping the temperatures low but it was a glorious morning.

Stob Ban east shoulder

View east to the Easain pair at Loch Trieg

The approach to Stob Ban is steady and straight forward but the increasing ice on the path called for the security of the crampons for the final rise onto the summit. Not a lot of snow about but the iced boulders made walking tricky.

Summit view south to Glen Nevis, Mamores and Glencoe

The drop off from the summit towards the north bealach was a mass of ice boulders with little snow and without crampons would have been an uncomfortable decent. As it was, we were down in no time and stopped for tea after finding a semi shelter spot.

View east to Easain pair

West to Glen Nevis

The cloud started to build coming from the west which lead to some stunning light through the Mamores and Glen Nevis range.

View south back towards Stob Ban and the bealach

Just before the summit of our second munro of the day a snow shower moved in which masked the views for the next 20mins. Unfortunately, we were off down the north ridge before blue sky and sunshine returned. It just wasn't a day for hanging around the tops.....

North ridge with Stob Coire na Ceannain

View west along the Grey Corries towards The Ben.

Grey Corries and Nevis range

North shoulder towards Stob Coire na Gaibhre

The gradual drop down the north shoulder to Stob Coire na Gaibhre makes for an easy decent to pick up the track just before heading back into the wood. I superb winter day which had it all.

If you fancy tagging along take a look at a short movie of our route to get a feel of the day........

Last edited by chasmcc on Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:47 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Grey Corries East End

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:10 am

Superb photos of some great-looking hills that I can't wait to visit...
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Re: Grey Corries East End

Postby EmmaKTunskeen » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:22 am

Wow, stunning photos and great vid of what looks like a beautiful day. You definitely know how to make the most of it. Enjoyed all the crampons on, crampons off boot-stuff on those boulders too!
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Re: Grey Corries East End

Postby Coop » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:13 pm

One of the best days I've had was on The Grey Corries. Superb walk and views.
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Re: Grey Corries East End

Postby Alteknacker » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:56 pm

Some superb pics there :clap: :clap: :clap: .

What fantastic weather you had - can't go wrong when it's like that, eh?
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Re: Grey Corries East End

Postby Spade » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:55 am

Really smashing video, really enjoyed the whole report, one of my favourites so far on WH, inspiring :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Grey Corries East End

Postby steviesea » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:48 am

Totally agree with previous posts. Fantastic report from start to finish :clap: and some of those views were unbeatable 8)
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Re: Grey Corries East End

Postby chasmcc » Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:45 pm

Hello All,

Many thanks for the positive feedback to the report. It was a cracking winter day and fingers crossed we'll get many more through this season. Stob Ban is in a stunning location for viewing the surrounding giants... Having been fortunate to visit through varying seasons and different routes this wee beauty never fails to impress..... stay safe...

Regards, Charlie.
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Re: Grey Corries East End

Postby grumpy old bagger » Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:52 pm

Fabulous photos - great report. Looks like a wonderful day!
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Re: Grey Corries East End

Postby katyhills » Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:01 pm

Really terrific. Some of those photos are superb. The snow always adds something special. :clap:
The views from up there are tremendous aren't they?

I did two of them ( Claurigh and Laoigh) with Stob Ban - which was a long day - and the third ( Choinnich Mor) from the Glen Nevis side, but they're a really great set of hills however you do them.
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Re: Grey Corries East End

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:10 pm

A great report, it looked fantastic. We were on the Easain pair looking across the Grey Corries for much of the day :D
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