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!
We headed down the well known path with good views back to Beinn a' Chrulaiste
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
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
As we climbed higher the Blackwater reservoir came out of the cloud
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 )
Look at the size of my....buttress
Andy considering the wisdom of this
Reaching the bealach we were sort of into the clouds but distant shapes were visible along the ridge and towards Glen Etive
The Aonach Eagach just hiding
Buachaille Etive Beag with Bidean hiding behind
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
There were a succession of false summits I didn't remember from before
Looking down Glencoe
The false summits meant that I got several photos of Andy reaching the "summit"
And there he was - Andy on the summit of Stob Dearg - Number 282
The three-eyed raven - clearly winter was coming
The three-eyed raven surveys Beinn a' Chrulaiste and the Blackwater
Me and Andy on the summit
A celebratory dram - and why not
At this point we decided to beat a hasty retreat as the weather was coming in and we didn't really fancy getting soaked We slid our way down all sorts of horrible scree on the way down which was even worse than our route up
Back at the bottom Buachaille Etive Beag was still clear
And Buachaille Etive Mor still looking largely clear
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 ) with promises to meet up and celebrate with other friends over the weekend
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