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Nearing the End...

Nearing the End...


Postby weaselmaster » Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:45 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Stacath, Creach Bheinn (Loch Creran), Glas Bheinn (Kinlochleven), Stob a' Choin

Date walked: 27/10/2019

Distance: 58.4 km

Ascent: 3491m

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...of the Corbetts, that is. Five to go for my second round; having decided to finish on Mull there was no debate about where to go this weekend. We were late getting away as I had a gig on Thursday night (Chromatics in Glasgow, not bad) so I called round for Allison at 7 on Friday morning. We'd get Stob a'Choin and Beinn Stacath out of the way first - not a popular couple of hills for us - on our last visit, Allison was sick and couldn't eat anything (despite the fact we did them as an overnight).

Heading up towards Inverlochlarig we could see a considerable amount of new snow on the hills. And as we drove along Loch Voil we could see that it involved Corbetts as well, down to about 600m by the look of it. Although there had been a pinkish dawn when we left Inverclyde, by the time we got to Inverlochlarig it was raining, under a leaden sky. Great! I had noticed that the bridge was down on WH, but kept that bit of information to myself - well, you know how Allison is about river crossings. We met a local man driving his Ute who asked us what we'd done to the weather and, when we said we were off up Stob a'Choin, asked if we knew the bridge was down. She took it fairly well :wink:

Stob a'Choin
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Off along the farm track, past some vociferous cows and to the site of the bridge that was. The man had suggested going a little bit past the ruined bridge to cross, and it wasn't bad - we both have these goretex boot liners (thanks, Scoob, for the tip) which are a wonderful way of keeping feet dry. Next it was the steep slog up Stob a'Choin. Very boggy at the bottom, slippy on steep snow-covered grass once height is gained, this is not a mountain for the faint hearted. At one point I was kinda wishing I'd packed my axe, as the ground fell steeply away below my feet. But we made it to the top in one piece and breathed a sigh of relief.

There once was a bridge
ImagePA250185 by Al, on Flickr

ImagePA250188 by Al, on Flickr

View to Loch Voil
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Approaching the summit
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We paused for lunch a little way down from the summit and viewed the long way we had to go. Across the valley, Glas Tulaichean and Stob Binnien were snow capped. Our route to Beinn Stacath might - or might not - involve the Graham of Stob Breac. But there were many ups and downs before we got there. Generally following the fence-line, with a couple of exceptions where it goes over crags (avoid on the left at the first section, on the right at the second). There's a drop down to Cnoc na Nathrach before a climb to An Stuchd, the tail end of the Graham. It would take the an hour or so to go out and back to the Graham summit - time we simply didn't have today. So we pressed on, to the most dispiriting part of the day - the drop into the valley between Stob Breac and Stacath, followed by 460 meters to re-ascend to reach the second Corbett.

Stob Breac
ImagePA250192 by Al, on Flickr

The valley floor wet and boggy, we take a deer path up the side of Taobh na Coille. Up ahead the clag is descending over the peak and the light is dimming. It takes a while to arrive at the trig point. Gotcha! I've chosen to descend through Invernenty Glen, a shorter route than that chosen last time. We head down into Coire Odhar, aiming for the track that winds up through the trees. Nice to have some hard ground under foot. We headed back into the forest, finding the deer fence and a very swift-flowing river cascading down between rocks. I forget where we crossed before - I decide to head upstream a bit, following an old wall where we come to a "bridge" of tree-trunks swept away by the river into a mesh which will allow crossing - result :D

Taobh na Coille
ImagePA250193 by Al, on Flickr

Nearing Stacath
ImagePA250194 by Al, on Flickr

Well that's a relief!
ImagePA250195 by Al, on Flickr

Next comes the fearsome bog along the River Larig - marked as a path on the map, but most of it reeds and water. If your boots haven't been soaked already, they will be by the time you get through this :lol: We wander on, dusk now falling, once again giving gratitude to our boot liners. Finally onto the track and a short way back to the car park. It's gone six pm and rapidly getting dark. I don't much fancy a drive up to Kinlochleven tonight so we end up pitching the wee tent beside the visitor building and use the shelter of said building to cook our tea. A quiet, if rainy night passes, quite cold initially under star light until the clouds come over again.

"Bridge"
ImagePA250196 by Al, on Flickr

Home straits
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ImagePA250198 by Al, on Flickr

Up early on Saturday and off we go to Kinlochleven for Glas Bheinn. We used the standard WH route, taking the Loch Eilde path out and returning by the Blackwater Reservoir. Not a bad morning - blue sky in places, the threat of snow coming in from the west and a chill wind where one is exposed. We park at the Gray Mare's carpark and set off along the track we know so well now, thinking back to the first time we went up there, some six years ago to take on Sgurr Eilde Mor and friends. I pass a large Foxmoth caterpillar, marooned on a small stone in the middle of a puddle. Poor thing is stranded - I release it back into the grass by the path.

Morning sun in the Mamores
ImagePA260199 by Al, on Flickr

ImagePA260200 by Al, on Flickr

We cut down to the head of Loch Eilde Mor and across a new looking wooden bridge, before taking the muddy stalkers' path which runs along the south side of the loch before turning up Meall na Cruaidhe. Sunshine interspered with brief snow showers - a lovely rainbow frames Sgurr Eilde Mor. We turn off the track, finding a deer path leading up to the summit of Glas Bheinn. Fine views up to the Grey Corries to the north, the Buachaille looking moody to the south. We decide against including the Graham of Beinn na Cloiche today (not a great weekend for Grahams, this one :( ) We trace our steps back to the path, meeting several walkers on their way up, and follow the path down towards the reservoir where we join the main track back to Kinlochleven.The various waterfalls along the route are gushing today. We enter birchwoods, the slender silvered trunks gleaming in the afternoon light, then giving way to oakwoods. Back at the car before 4pm.

Glas-Bheinn, across Loch Eilde Mor
ImagePA260201 by Al, on Flickr

ImagePA260202 by Al, on Flickr

Sgurr Eilde Mor and Rainbow
ImagePA260204 by Al, on Flickr

Summit
ImagePA260206 by Al, on Flickr

Cairn, with BEM in background
ImagePA260208 by Al, on Flickr

Snowy Mamores
ImagePA260209 by Al, on Flickr

Mysterious Buachaille
ImagePA260212 by Al, on Flickr

Curved pipe
ImagePA260213 by Al, on Flickr

Black Rock Falls
ImagePA260214 by Al, on Flickr

ImagePA260216 by Al, on Flickr

I'd originally thought we might camp at Blackwater Hostel, but there seems little point given we have time enough to get to Appin and find somewhere to camp in the light. The rain comes on heavily, which never helps the hunt for a camping spot. Eventually we find a suitable place not far from Druimavuic, the starting point for our walk up Creach Bheinn tomorrow. We have a quiet night in the forest, the rain pattering on the tent, surrounded by the forest night sounds - owls hooting, weasels weaselling, badgers badgering etc.

Sunday morning - the clocks have gone back, so we have a lie in and get up around 8.30 old time. Porridge with plum and apple, some ginger tea with Oatie biscuits and Biscoff :D A short drive along to the parking area and we set off up the bulldozed track. From sea level, up to 560m - useful. At the top it's a welcome walk over grass to summit Creag na Cathaig and the ongoing undulations to reach the Vanessa trig at the summit of Creach Bheinn. That leaves just one to go. I remember there being a double fogbow here on our last visit - today there's just a biting wind. We take shelter a little down from the top to have lunch in the shelter of a curved rock. Then it's back the way we came, enjoying the ease of the track on the way back down. There are several other cars parked now, presumably folk climbing Squlaird. We have a nice drive back home in the sunshine. So it'll be Mull next weekend...

ImagePA270219 by Al, on Flickr

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Creach Bheinn summit
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ImagePA270224 by Al, on Flickr

The beard has been tamed (too many problems with hood zips...)
ImagePA270225 by Al, on Flickr

Southern side of Glen Etive Munros
ImagePA270226 by Al, on Flickr

ImagePA270227 by Al, on Flickr
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Re: Nearing the End...

Postby Graeme D » Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:46 pm

Beards and zips - an eye watering combination! :lol:
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Re: Nearing the End...

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:55 pm

Yer hardy fella :clap:

Thoroughly enjoy your reports and marvel at your absolute obsession with the hils :wink:

Tha mi'n dòchas gum bith turas math agaibh air dis-aithrne ... have a good trip on Mull for the 2nd round and mind the car ferry Lochaline to Fishnish is passenger only until early december.
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Re: Nearing the End...

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:36 pm

Collaciotach wrote:Yer hardy fella :clap:

Thoroughly enjoy your reports and marvel at your absolute obsession with the hils :wink:

Tha mi'n dòchas gum bith turas math agaibh air dis-aithrne ... have a good trip on Mull for the 2nd round and mind the car ferry Lochaline to Fishnish is passenger only until early december.


Cheers, Colla- I think we’ll take the big ferry over and do some other stuff on Mull- need to get on with Munro round #3 after all, it’s been on pause this year while we’ve been Corbetteering :wink:
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Re: Nearing the End...

Postby Alteknacker » Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:46 pm

The mysterious Buachaille pic is fantastic :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: Nearing the End...

Postby rockhopper » Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:54 pm

Great result - all the best for Mull. :)
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Re: Nearing the End...

Postby gammy leg walker » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:25 am

Good luck with Mull
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Re: Nearing the End...

Postby Silverhill » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:57 pm

Wow, that 2nd round has come round quickly. Good luck for the final one! :clap:
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Re: Nearing the End...

Postby IreneM » Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:19 pm

Have a great weekend Al.

Looking forward to reading the report :thumbup:
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