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Pensioners hit the hills again

Pensioners hit the hills again


Postby Fife Flyer » Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:05 pm

Route description: The Grey Corries

Munros included on this walk: Sgurr Choinnich Mor, Stob Ban (Grey Corries), Stob Choire Claurigh, Stob Coire an Laoigh

Date walked: 31/08/2018

Time taken: 9.5 hours

Distance: 25.5 km

Ascent: 2095m

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I know we don't look or act like pensioners but we are, George suggested we should have used our bus passes but I pointed out that we would have had to set off on Thursday.
We were struggling to fit in a walk as George only had a couple of spare days, just like me whereas Parminder just downs tools at home and heads for the hills regardless. Friday looked like the best day weather wise so after discussing the plan with George on Messenger and then having contact Parminder via the old fashioned text. One day Parminder will join the rest of the planet, hopefully this week.
I asked Parminder if he fancied driving and he was more than happy, especially as we would be feeding him. Parminder agreed to uplift me at 6am and then into Dunfermline for the back seat passenger. First stop was McDonalds at Broxden for breakfast and then the trundle up the A9.
We had a bit of a navigational hiccup - for a change. Spean Bridge wasn't the problem it was the numerous tracks after Spean Bridge, we turned off on the wrong one and this extra adventure added about 30mins to our journey as the tracks weren't exactly pot hole free.
We eventually arrived at the parking area to find about half a dozen cars parked/abandoned so Parminder joined the clan and abandoned his Beemer on a bend.
There were a few midges waiting to dine on us, so it was a quick change and off we set.

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The track/road heading up towards the parking area

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The way ahead on the track

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It wouldn't be the Grey Corries without a photo of this wee fellow

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Here is the same Wee Minister from 4 years ago, when I was last here

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Low level shot

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Here he is

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Nice shot of the undergrowth

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The Wee Bothy

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Sleeping quarters

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The rest of the interior

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Looking back down on the track and across to the Innses

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George leading the way, Stob Ban in the background

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A photo of what lies ahead after the descent of Stob Ban

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Stob Ban

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Stob Ban summit

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The way across the the Grey Corries ridge, looks fairly easy

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The descent off Stob Ban, was pretty steep initially

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A little stagnant lochan

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Looking back up to Stob Ban

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Parminder arriving on the Grey Corries ridge, 2nd summit of the day

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Looking north

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Looking along the ridge, the final summit is the wee pointy one that looks a long way away

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Looking south

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Ridge photo, taken on my phone

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Looking westish, the 2nd shoulder would be the descent route

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Very grey

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Looking SW

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Interesting rock formation below the ridge

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The ridge ahead

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Looking back

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Looking back, I wonder why they are called the Grey Corries?

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Looking down on Stob Ban

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Looking back from our 3rd summit

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The way ahead, still a long way to our final summit

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For the attention of one Mr Gilmour, a great posing photo spot, was far too windy for us to venture down

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Impressive cliff

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The way ahead, final summit getting nearer

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Our final pointy hill

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Who could this be bringing up the rear?

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Looking back

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Descending yet again before the ascent up the final summit, great care was taken as the wind was almost in our faces

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Parminder catching up

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Looking down whilst on the final ascent

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Looking back, we would have to reascend that before the final eventual descent

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Getting closer, gradually

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The final summit, not the biggest cairn you will come across

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George admiring the massive cairn

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Heading down again

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Interesting rock formation

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Whilst on the final ascent and then the descent, we discussed the possibility of traversing round Stob Coire Easain. We were thinking of traversing round just below the lowest solid line of rock and then joining up with the final descent on the grassy slope. I would be interested to hear if anyone has actually tried it? We wimped out and struggled up the final rocky ascent - with the wind behind us.

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Parminder now romping up the final ascent

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The nice grassy shoulder that descends very gradually, we opted for the direct route avoiding a slight incline if you head over the edge of the shoulder

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The final part of the walk back to the car takes you through the forest on a good track

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I remembered the dam from my last visit and we opted to descend down to find a crossing point

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Parminder demonstrating how you walk on water

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Taken from the mid point on the dam

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Looking back upstream from the dam

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Plenty of timber to be uplifted

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A few photo's of the machinery used instead of an axe and chainsaw

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This turned out to another fantastic day, even the strong wind couldn't ruin the day, it may have slowed us down a wee bit. We had planned to eat at the Glen Spean Hotel (George's suggestion) as they serve food until 8.30 and it turned out to be an excellent decision. The obvious problem in the area is the lack of decent eating establishments. So till next time.
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Re: Pensioners hit the hills again

Postby parminder » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:40 am

Well done FF, Another well written script and photo's. Thanks to you and Dibs for the company. :clap: .
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Re: Pensioners hit the hills again

Postby Graeme D » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:49 am

Another route that is always a pleasure to see photos from on a good day. You have to wonder where the route gets its name from though!!!! :lol:
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Re: Pensioners hit the hills again

Postby dogplodder » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:00 am

Still have to do the western two of these but it's the drive up pot hole alley that's putting me off. Wondering about access from Glen Nevis but that may be plain daft. Great photos! :D
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Re: Pensioners hit the hills again

Postby dibs » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:11 pm

dogplodder wrote:Still have to do the western two of these but it's the drive up pot hole alley that's putting me off. Wondering about access from Glen Nevis but that may be plain daft. Great photos! :D


Hi Pete R has done the Glen Nevis route and it doesn't look that bad to be honest from the last peak on the Grey Corries, its right adjacent to the Eastern Mamores.
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Re: Pensioners hit the hills again

Postby dibs » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:12 pm

Well done again Martin for a great summary of a good day and great company. :clap: 8)
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Re: Pensioners hit the hills again

Postby Alteknacker » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:36 pm

Some great pics of excellent hills in superb weather (if a bit grey.... :D ). :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

dogplodder wrote:Still have to do the western two of these but it's the drive up pot hole alley that's putting me off. Wondering about access from Glen Nevis but that may be plain daft. Great photos! :D


I walked these the opposite way round, returning along Glen Nevis, and my description of it at the time was that it was a linear bog. Certainly I repeatedly disappeared up to my knees in bog (but it was very late and pitch black, so I imagine it would be easier to avoid the worst of the bogs starting from Glen Nevis).
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