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stob ghabhar. unfinished business

stob ghabhar. unfinished business

Postby ridgerunner » Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:49 pm

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

Date walked: 16/10/2010

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 16 km

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Attempted this circuit of Stob a'Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar about 10 years ago in my first year of walking , but it was covered in deep snow and not having crampons, we were unable to ascend the north rib leading to the aonach eagach .
This led to us to about turn and cross the allt coire dhearbhadh and turn west along the curved sron nan giubhas to Stob Ghabhar instead.
I am not sure why its taken me so long to attempt this route again , but tackling it in snowless conditions , it was hardly recognisible as the same route.
The topography is very rocky and complex and constantly interesting. Despite the 20 min walk in to the allt Toaig , the good path allows a quick ascent and i managed to hit the second munro in under 3 hours.
Some reviewers dont seem to like the ascent to the aonach eagach but i found it very enjoyable and it even has some minimal scrambling on offer.
The views down to Corein Lochain were superb and with the curved ridge behind , reminded me of Creag Meagaidh.
Once on the aonach eagach there is again some pleasant easy scrambling on the sharp ridge if desired. This was the bit i missed first time and it really makes the walk.
The views from the summit of Stob Ghabhar were superb with the north east face of Buachaille etive mor looking particularly steep and fearsome in the sun. Didnt take my camera as there seemed so many good photos in previous reviews.
The first time we bounded down though thick soft snow in a south easterly direction to the bottom [fantastic fun] but this time could see the path and followed it down to the waterfall which hardly had any water , but still looked good.
Definitely wont wait 10 years to tackle this circuit again.
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