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Stob Ban from Kinlochleven

Stob Ban from Kinlochleven

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:54 am

Munros included on this walk: Mullach nan Coirean, Stob Ban (Mamores)

Date walked: 29/04/2018

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 21 km

Ascent: 1633m

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Time for another try at Stob Ban from Kinlochleven - our attempt a couple of months ago being thwarted by wind and snow. A pleasant morning drive up to Kinlochleven, roads quiet despite a favourable forecast. Lots of new snow on the Orchy and Etive hills. Parked at the Hotel and set off up the WHW. I'd routed us to go up a stalker's path into Coire na h-Eirghe rather than just up the hillside as before - this proved a stroke of good fortune as the path was far better than I'd imagined it would be. Following the course of the river, it wound up into the bowl of the coire with Am Bodach to our right and Stob Coire na h-Eirghe on the left. Easily onto the ridge and up onto the Top of Sgurr an Iubhair - peak of the yew tree, of which none were in evidence. Some grand views revealed of the Mamores and of Stob Ban in particular, an impressive mountain from this aspect. Mist pooled and writhed in Coire Mhusgain before clearing and leaving the full extent of the ridge revealed in glorious sunshine.

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Stob Coire na h-Eirghe
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Sgurr na Iubhair
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Am Bodach
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Iubhair summit looking to Stob Coire a'Mhail
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Dropping down from Iubhair we reached the bealach before Stob Ban and paused for lunch by the unusually green Lochan Coire nam Miseach. We had the unusual combination of steam rising from the ground in the warm sunshine and simultaneous snow falling from the dark cloud to the east of us. Continuing towards Stob Ben, we were joined by a couple of guys that had come up through the northern coire. Enjoying the steep ascent up to the summit I reflected that this had been a far more enjoyable outing than the first time we'd climbed these hills in mist.

Stob Ban
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Lochan Coire nam Miseach
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The Ben - clear at the top!
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Summit Stob Ban
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Patchy snow lined the crests and summit of Stob Ban as we continued on along the plateau towards Mullach nan Coirean. I'd forgotten about the little scrambly section, that i think we bypassed the first time around. Although there were clouds around, we were lucky enough to remain in sunlight as we made it first to the Munro summit then on to the final peak (sim) of Meall a'Chaorainn. From here a gentle grassy and surprisingly dry descent returned us to the WHW and a five mile walk back to the starting point. A very satisfying way to do these hills on a fine day.

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Summit Mullach
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Meall a'Chaorainn
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Snow on Beinn a'Bheithir
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Another view of Stob Ban
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