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Bog, sweat and suncream - another accidental epic!

Bog, sweat and suncream - another accidental epic!


Postby Jaxter » Sun May 13, 2018 9:38 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Stacath, Stob a' Choin

Date walked: 12/05/2018

Time taken: 8.5 hours

Distance: 26 km

Ascent: 1944m

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The ribs seemed to have survived the Cairngorms Test so it was time for a hill….I picked a route that had plenty of bail out options (and also the possibility of adding things on :lol: ) and headed off very late!

Looking down Loch Voil
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The car park at Inverlochlarig was overflowing but fortunately I managed to find a space on the verge. It was past 11 when I started and it was very warm.

Looking down the glen to Stob a Choin
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I followed the track towards Blaircreich, crossed the bridges and turned left along the track. This track soon became very boggy.

Looking back to Beinn Tulaichean
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Soon I came across an impassable sinking bog. Well, it was impassable with dry feet anyway. I spent a while trying to skirt around it but it was a hopeless case. I’d been going 25 minutes and I already had soaking wet feet….sigh :roll:

Down the glen
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The river looked tricky to cross with dry feet so I continued up the west side of the glen. In hindsight the dry feet was irrelevant as mine were already soaked :lol: But I crashed my way through the undergrowth and through a deer fence before finding somewhere to…wash my feet :lol:

From here I crashed my way through more undergrowth alongside a wall….
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And eventually I found myself on the track! Wahey :thumbup: There was some weird steam coming out of the undergrowth all the way along here which was weird :shock:
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As I followed the track higher I could see through the trees towards Beinn Tulaichean and Cruach Ardrain
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I utilised this waterfall to fill my water bottle as it was absolutely roasting :shock:
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Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain, Ben More & Stob Binnein
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Leaving the track and heading off across boggy ground I headed up into Coire Odhar. As I was taking it easy I stopped for a photo or two back the way :wink:
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A wee plane flew right over my head
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The plane heads North
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I met the line of fenceposts and these led me to the trig point at the top of Beinn Stacath. It was an absolutely stunning day; barely a breath of wind but mercifully no wee beasties 8)

Benvane and Ben Ledi
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The Arrochar Alps in the distance with Stob a’ Choin in front
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Arrochar Alps
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Tulaichean and pals
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The Cobbler & Beinn Narnain
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Stob a’ Choin
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Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain
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Ben More & Stob Binnein
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Ben Lawers
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Ben Vorlich & Stuc a’ Chroin
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Ben Ledi
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Ben Vorlich, Stuc a’ Chroin & Beinn Each
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The way ahead….
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As I enjoyed a sandwich I was joined by the only two people I saw all day. They had come up the usual route from Ballimore. They also took a photo for me to save me balancing the camera :lol:
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I felt good so decided to head along the ridge a distance and see how I felt. There were plenty of bail-out options along the way so I wasn’t worried about over-committing myself.

Looking back to Beinn Stacath from the other side of Coire Odhar
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There were a lot of boggy sections here but as my feet were already wet I didn’t really care :lol: Some deer stopped for a photo…
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Loch Katrine and Ben Venue
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Can just see wee Ben A’an on the left…
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Lumpy An Stuchd and Stob a’ Choin
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Had to pick my way around these bad boys as I dropped into the glen
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A very photogenic tree-rock and Loch Katrine
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I headed off diagonally across more boggy ground and a conveniently placed burn (for more water) to head for the lowest point on the obstacle ahead.

The cliffs of An Stuchd – think I’ll give that bit a miss today :lol:
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The sun was beating down on me and it was hard work! Over the top, it was an easy descent down to a big rock.
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It was decision time again: do I head down the glen or should I continue up?
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I took a wee breather, drank some water and applied some more suncream. I felt good….Let’s do it :D
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I was in the shade for a brief period which was lovely as it was steep :lol:
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Sheep blocking the way…
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Once on the ridge I was confronted with this…. :shock:
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There was still a bail-out option here, but my stubbornness was starting to kick in. I dragged my tired legs uphill….
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It might have been a steep wee bugger but there were some interesting features to this monster of a hill!
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I avoided the worst of the crags by keeping to the left of the 836 top and I was on the final ridge….I could see down to Loch Voil
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Loch Katrine
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I was getting pretty tired by now and the final section along the very rugged ridge was hard work – there were plenty of ups and downs and some crags to avoid, before I dragged myself up the final ascent and was on the summit!
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Or was I? As it turns out, I was. But I visited the other wee bump anyway :lol:
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It was a stunning viewpoint in the evening light and I sat down to enjoy the feeling of being out there whilst finishing my sandwiches and applying more suncream 8)

Towards Arrochar
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Loch Katrine and Ben Lomond
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Benvane and Ben Ledi
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Ben Vorlich, Stuc a’ Chroin and Beinn Each
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Loch Doine & Loch Voil
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The big boys across the road
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Now, according to the map and the usual route that I’d looked at, it ought to be possible to drop straight off Stob a’ Choin…. I had a wee look, and it did look ok :thumbup:

So off I went….
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Gorgeous down the glen
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Meall Mor – looks like a cracking hill!
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Bridge of Orchy hills
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I’m not sure what this hill is :crazy:
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Or this one… :crazy: :crazy:
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Loch Doine
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Ben More
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Looking down the glen – I love evening light at this time of year 8)
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However….after losing about 300m of height steeply, I was confronted by a ring of crags that I couldn’t get around….rather than risking hurting myself and conscious of my lack of fitness and it heading towards evening, I decided the sensible thing to do would be to go back up and down the easier but longer route down Creag nan Saighead :roll:

My legs were soooo unimpressed with this decision and it was tough work as I reascended a very steep 300m ascent back to the summit of Stob a’ Choin :roll:

Finally back up, it was just a case of making my way back along the undulating ridge to the 836 top where I cut across and picked up a path that led me easily down the ridge. Meeting a deer fence I followed this down along the side of the forest. It was steep and my legs were tired. But it was a gorgeous evening 8)

Ben More
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Tired Jaxter trying to even up the t-shirt tan lines :lol:
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Big sheep and little sheep
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There was a bridge but seeing as I’d had wet feet for the past 8 hours it didn’t seem worth the diversion; at least it was clean water this time :lol:
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Safely across the river I looked back towards Stob a’ Choin – impressive but very steep!
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My whole route – Beinn Stacath to Stob a’ Choin
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Beinn Stacath
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It was an easy walk along the track past Inverlochlarig to my car which I was very pleased to see :lol: I was knackered – 26km and nearly 2000m ascent for a couple of corbetts :lol: I was covered in bog, sweat and all sorts so did a classy change before digging out more water for the drive home :D But most importantly – my ribs felt good :D :D

A last look at Stob a’ Choin
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It was a beautiful evening so I stopped for a few photos on the way home – Loch Voil & Stob a’ Choin
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The whole glen
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Loch Lubnaig
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And an incredible sunset :shock:
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Re: Bog, sweat and suncream - another accidental epic!

Postby Alteknacker » Mon May 14, 2018 9:02 am

Your practice of taking on satellites of the Munroes certainly seems to be paying dividends - some really great pictures here, and boy did you have a good day for snappin'.

I guess your boots are now living outside..... :D
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Re: Bog, sweat and suncream - another accidental epic!

Postby Jaxter » Tue May 15, 2018 6:57 pm

Alteknacker wrote:Your practice of taking on satellites of the Munroes certainly seems to be paying dividends - some really great pictures here, and boy did you have a good day for snappin'.

I guess your boots are now living outside..... :D

I do like a good obscure hill - much quieter on a good day :D

My boots are still wet....and yes, they smell pretty funky :lol: :lol:
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Re: Bog, sweat and suncream - another accidental epic!

Postby Mal Grey » Tue May 15, 2018 7:11 pm

Would liberally applied bog, mixed with sweat, make a good suncream perhaps?


Another good 'un, far too much effort being spent if you ask me! :lol:
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Re: Bog, sweat and suncream - another accidental epic!

Postby malky_c » Wed May 16, 2018 1:02 pm

Great hill - the Southern Highlands all look so remote from there (eg the views into the back of Ben Venue and Ben Lomond). I remember thinking about adding Beinn Stacath to the route, but it all got a bit too much as I was also trying to include the Grahams either side (Meall Mor and Stob Breac). What I can see here makes me think I made the right decision :lol: .

I think if you'd contoured to the left (west) a bit on your descent of Stob a' Choin, you would have got down OK, but it's steep everywhere. Glad to hear the injuries seem to have healed :)
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Re: Bog, sweat and suncream - another accidental epic!

Postby Jaxter » Sat May 19, 2018 11:05 pm

Mal Grey wrote:Would liberally applied bog, mixed with sweat, make a good suncream perhaps?


Another good 'un, far too much effort being spent if you ask me! :lol:

It might be worth a try :lol: :lol:

If it was too easy it would be less satisfying :wink:




malky_c wrote:Great hill - the Southern Highlands all look so remote from there (eg the views into the back of Ben Venue and Ben Lomond). I remember thinking about adding Beinn Stacath to the route, but it all got a bit too much as I was also trying to include the Grahams either side (Meall Mor and Stob Breac). What I can see here makes me think I made the right decision :lol: .

I think if you'd contoured to the left (west) a bit on your descent of Stob a' Choin, you would have got down OK, but it's steep everywhere. Glad to hear the injuries seem to have healed :)

Those Graham’s look awesome! And everything in this glen is so big and grand 8) I looked at route stuff when I got back and I needed to find the grassy shelf. Least I know for another time, and didn’t add to the pile of injuries :lol:
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Re: Bog, sweat and suncream - another accidental epic!

Postby rockhopper » Sun May 20, 2018 11:40 am

Jings :shock: I can remember adding on another hill to Beinn Stacath (with an addition optional Graham) but don't think I even dreamt of adding on Stob a'Choin. You certainly like your challenges - good day for it though - cheers :)
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