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Back up the Bookle - David's Compleation!

Back up the Bookle - David's Compleation!


Postby Jaxter » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:57 am

Route description: Buachaille Etive Mor

Munros included on this walk: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor), Stob na Broige (Buachaille Etive Mor)

Date walked: 28/09/2019

Time taken: 7.3 hours

Distance: 16.54 km

Ascent: 1257m

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David’s munro journey was set to culminate on Saturday – although I’m not really into the concept of “Bagging” I was looking forward to David’s big day (cannae resist a party, and I'd made cake!), until my alarm went off at 6.30am that was :roll: We were virtually packed already and were on the road only 10 minutes behind schedule. We told David not to wait and that we’d catch them up – and we would have made it too had it not been for a couple of slow drivers and a caravan that had marooned itself across the parking area at Altnafeadh :roll: :lol:

Soon we were on our way, quick marching to try to catch them up – we could see a big group just ahead of us.
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Given the forecast earlier in the week, it was a stunning day
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After a few minutes we met David’s new puppy with who I assumed was his mum (it was) and then we caught the group and were able to slow down to a sensible pace. Still, although fitness is nowhere near where it was and injury still niggling, it was nice to be able to put on a bit of a shift and actually make it :lol:
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The ascent into the corrie is steep and unrelenting and we were glad of a relaxing of pace. There was one moment where we thought David was ahead of us so we sped up to catch up…only to realise he was much further back and probably cursing us :lol:
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The autumnal colours are on their way already 8)
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The last time I’d been up here had actually been on another compleation – Andy’s (londonwalker) although the weather hadn’t been as good on that occasion! But I had vividly remembered the upper sections of the corrie being loose and unpleasant. I think plenty of work had been done in the last couple of years as there was a decent path up the steep section (for those who chose the follow it!) and the final ascent was up a rocky spine where we were able to gather the stragglers and add layers before popping out onto the bealach.
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From here some folk were tempted to have a munch before we set off for the summit of Stob Dearg, David’s 282nd munro (I dislike final munro, because why would you stop climbing them just because you’ve done them all once?! :crazy: )
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The cloud was a bit in-and-out but we could tell the views were there…
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Looking back along the other end of the ridge (later!)
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We climbed over all the false summits (more than even I remembered!) and finally arrived at the summit overlooking Rannoch Moor (perhaps not quite the highest point in hindsight but definitely the best viewpoint!) where we were able to celebrate with some fizz and lemon cake
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ImageJohnathan, David & Andreas

ImageThe group

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Malky and I went for a wander to have a look at the top of Curved ridge (one for another day!) and Crowberry tower (probably not one for any day!)
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ImageCrowberry Tower

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Although it was a beautiful day there was a cold wind and folk decided it was time to head down. We accompanied the others to the top of the corrie before heading off along the ridge – too nice a day not to! 8)
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Off on our own (although we were looking forward to meeting up with the others later) we continued along the ridge towards the next summit – Stob na Doire
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It was a bit of a climb to the top of Stob na Doire (so much so that we felt it ought to have been a thing, but alas it wasn’t, unless you happen to be counting Simms or something, maybe :roll: )
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Bidean almost visible
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It was a steep descent from Stob na Doire and as we reached the bealach we could feel a few spots of rain.
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Malky laughs in the face of rain (this is his laughing face :wink: )
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It never actually amounted to anything other than mild annoyance and we made our way along to the final summit, Stob na Broige, where the cloud chose that moment to descent and blanket us in white :roll:
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ImageSummit of Stob na Broige

We walked a few metres further and decided to wait it out – 5 minutes later we were rewarded with lovely views down Glen Etive to Loch Etive 8)
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We had fish and chips to look forward to so got going – the sun was making more of an effort now and the views back along the ridge were magnificent
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Although they don’t come out so well on the wee camera we were able to make out the Grey Corries and the Loch Treig hills in the distance behind the Blackwater reservoir
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Glen Etive – Corbetts and the back end of Stob Ghabhar
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Looking back to Stob na Broige
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A last glimpse of Stob Dubh
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Soon we were back at the bealach where the path drops from – it was looking pretty steep!
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When I’d been up here for Andy’s compleation a few years ago, weather and time hadn’t really allowed for the full ridge so the last time I’d been down this route had been with my Dad about 10 years ago and I had no memory whatsoever of this section :shock: which was extremely awkward with lots of damp sections!
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Back on slightly easier ground, and a long walk out
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Looking back up
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The way…
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The final hurdle – a river crossing!
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Although the walk out left long, it was actually nothing compared to last weekend’s final few miles from Coire Fionnaraich bothy :lol:
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Finally at the road we met the hoardes of people and then had to endure a slightly unnerving walk back along the road to the car
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And we were back where we started
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Fortunately the marooned motorhome had been removed and we were able to head down the road and pitch the tent before joining the others for fish n chips, followed by tea, bubbly and cake in Ballachulish 8)
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Sunday 29th September 2019
Corran-Lochaline cycle
69.08km
679m ascent
4 hours 10 minutes

Although we weren’t keen to get up on Sunday morning we eventually did, and decided that the rain was definitely going to stop so we could enjoy our cycle.
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A few cups of tea later we were on our way, dumped the car at Corran and jumped on the ferry with the bikes
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Sgurr na h-Eanchainne
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On dry land again we were off – Beinn Leamhain looked enticing (but not enticing enough!)
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Looking down Loch Linnhe
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The mighty Garbh Beinn
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Definitely autumn colours!
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We took the wee road down to Glengalmadale which was pretty cool
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Malky is not impressed…
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Now he’s just being a pain!
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Beinn Meadhoin
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Top of the pass means lunch stop!
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At the… :lol:
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Out towards Lochaline and Dun da Gaoithe on Mull in the distance
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We were toying with the idea of a wee Marilyn along here, but I managed to persuade Malky that he would much rather buy me tea and cake in Strontian :lol:

Beinn Resipol and Loch Sunart
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Beinn Dhomuill
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Garbh Bheinn
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Strontian was a few miles in the wrong direction but definitely worth it for a lovely wee energy boost before the last 13 miles, all either uphill, into the wind or both :roll:
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Jaxter
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Re: Back up the Bookle - David's Compleation!

Postby Sunset tripper » Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:55 am

I love that road from Ardgour along to Strontian. One of the best parts of Scotland. Love the Buachaille too. Nice one

Ps. What mileage you guys cover - makes me feel tired. :D
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Re: Back up the Bookle - David's Compleation!

Postby past my sell by date » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:04 am

When the SMC in their wisdom decided that there should be two munros on each of the Buchailles - crazy in my view but WDIK - I decided to knock off the two extra peaks in one walk. I took the normal route up B.E Beag, but at the ridge headed L to Stob Coire Raineach, then descended into the Lairig Gartain, crossed it and ascended towards Stob Coire Altruim - your return route.
Puffing a bit as it's quite steep I met a man descending near the top and said something like "not too far now" to which he replied in very puzzled voice "But this is the way DOWN" :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Back up the Bookle - David's Compleation!

Postby Jaxter » Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:36 am

Sunset tripper wrote:I love that road from Ardgour along to Strontian. One of the best parts of Scotland. Love the Buachaille too. Nice one

Ps. What mileage you guys cover - makes me feel tired. :D

It’s wonderful isn’t it! The one down to Glengalmadale is even nicer. I’d never been there before but it’s incredible and so quiet! 8) The next challenge is all the way around ardgour - strontian - glenuig - glenfinnan - ardgour..... watch this space :lol: :lol:
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