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Compleating Andy on the Bookle

Compleating Andy on the Bookle


Postby Jaxter » Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:32 pm

Route description: Buachaille Etive Mor

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

Date walked: 23/06/2017

Time taken: 3.35 hours

Distance: 8.14 km

Ascent: 846m

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Andy's 282nd munro - this was supposed to be more of a party and then less of a party...eventually it ended up being just Andy and I on a misty but largely dry Friday morning. Both of us had commitments later so headed off early. We parked up at Altnafeadh - much less busy than usual!
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We headed down the well known path with good views back to Beinn a' Chrulaiste
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It had been a long drive up from Glasgow after a couple of cups of tea, so I let Andy get ahead while I stopped for a pee :lol:
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It wasn't a difficult walk and we made good progress up the corrie which gave us good views back the way, despite the cloud
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As we climbed higher the Blackwater reservoir came out of the cloud
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As we reached the business end of the corrie the gradient steepened and the underfoot conditions worsened (perhaps there was a path but we lost it :roll: )
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Look at the size of my....buttress :lol:
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Andy considering the wisdom of this :lol:
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Reaching the bealach we were sort of into the clouds but distant shapes were visible along the ridge and towards Glen Etive
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The Aonach Eagach just hiding
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Buachaille Etive Beag with Bidean hiding behind
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Once we'd got our breath back we continued up Stob Dearg - a good path and an easy ascent which soon gave us glimpses of views across Rannoch Moor
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There were a succession of false summits I didn't remember from before :lol:
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Looking down Glencoe
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The false summits meant that I got several photos of Andy reaching the "summit" :lol:
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And there he was - Andy on the summit of Stob Dearg - Number 282 8)
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The three-eyed raven - clearly winter was coming :lol:
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Rannoch Moor
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The three-eyed raven surveys Beinn a' Chrulaiste and the Blackwater
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Me and Andy on the summit
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A celebratory dram - and why not :lol:
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At this point we decided to beat a hasty retreat as the weather was coming in and we didn't really fancy getting soaked :lol: We slid our way down all sorts of horrible scree on the way down which was even worse than our route up :lol:

Back at the bottom Buachaille Etive Beag was still clear
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And Buachaille Etive Mor still looking largely clear
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The heavens opened shortly after and we were glad we hadn't carried onto the rest of the ridge! I shot back to Glasgow and made it to work in time (although in my shorts and t-shirt :lol: ) with promises to meet up and celebrate with other friends over the weekend 8)


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