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Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean


Postby dav2930 » Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:24 pm

Route description: Stob Ban (Mamores) and Mullach nan Coirean

Munros included on this walk: Mullach nan Coirean, Stob Ban (Mamores)

Date walked: 12/02/2020

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 12.3 km

Ascent: 1199m

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Last and best day of an ill-timed trip based at Glen Nevis YH. I'd done this walk a few winters back but it gave two new Munro ticks for Karl. Varied weather with some sunny spells, a brief blizzard and lots of spindrift blowing around in the breezy conditions. The path up into Coire Mhusgain was banked out in places, which gave a few exposed traverses above the burn, but elsewhere provided a magnificent route to the heights. A thoroughly enjoyable day and one of the best, short Munro trips in Lochaber.

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The path into Coire Mhusgain


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The Polldubh crags


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Into the snowy glen with Stob Ban dominating


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Sunlight on Stob Ban


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Crags of Stob Ban


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Sron Dearg


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Not so sunny now


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Brighter again as the corrie opens up


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Heading for the col


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Looking back down the glen


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Sgorr an Iubhair and start of Devil's Ridge


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Approaching the peak of Stob Ban


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South to the Glen Coe mountains


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Beinn na Caillich - Mam na Gualainn


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Approaching the summit


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Across to Ben Nevis


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Ben Nevis and Sgurr a' Mhaim from high on the east ridge of Stob Ban


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Beinn na Caillich, Aonach Eagach, Bidean


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Folks on the summit


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Mullach nan Coirean


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Summit cairn, Stob Ban


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Party of three approaching from the bealach


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Ridge below the final slope


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Sgurr a' Mhaim


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The ridge to Mullach nan Coirean in thickening weather - blizzard soon to come


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Looking back to the narrow ridge, blizzard over


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Brightening weather on the 917m plateau approaching Mullach nan Coirean


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North


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Stob Ban and Sgurr a' Mhaim


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Summit of Mullach nan Coirean


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Glen Nevis towards Steall from NE ridge of Mullach


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Ben Nevis


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Down Glen Nevis


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In the woods


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Up Glen Nevis



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Re: Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby malky_c » Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:24 pm

Looked like a decent day out 8) . It was only an ill-timed trip in the sense that the next day was even better - pick any 5 days this side of Christmas any you would probably have ended up with a similar outcome!
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Re: Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby Grisu » Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:51 pm

Very impressive walk! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby dav2930 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:56 pm

malky_c wrote:Looked like a decent day out 8) . It was only an ill-timed trip in the sense that the next day was even better - pick any 5 days this side of Christmas any you would probably have ended up with a similar outcome!

Thanks Malky, yes we really enjoyed this one; it was nice to get some views and a bit of sunshine for a change. Going up Stob Ban felt almost alpine. It was a shame we had to travel back home the next day, but we can take some consolation in what you say about the weather since Christmas. :)

Grisu wrote:Very impressive walk! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thanks Grisu! It's a cracking little walk, this one. If you haven't done it I'd thoroughly recommend it. :)
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Re: Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby Grisu » Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:08 pm

dav2930 wrote:Thanks Grisu! It's a cracking little walk, this one. If you haven't done it I'd thoroughly recommend it. :)

It's on my list, dav2930, definitely! I already know the neighbours of the Ring of Steall, it is a stunning landscape and I had great views. Looking forward to this walk may be in summer!
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Re: Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby Sunset tripper » Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:25 am

A fine route and a great area. Great pics also.
Cheers. :D
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Re: Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby Graeme D » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:02 pm

Brilliant route this. I have done it in summer conditions but would love to go back and get a day like this for it. One day. Cool too how the route looks like Scooby Doo's heid! :lol:
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Re: Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby dav2930 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:28 pm

Sunset tripper wrote:A fine route and a great area. Great pics also.
Cheers. :D

Thanks ST. So many great routes in this area aren't there? :)

Graeme D wrote:Brilliant route this. I have done it in summer conditions but would love to go back and get a day like this for it. One day. Cool too how the route looks like Scooby Doo's heid! :lol:

Thanks Graeme D. Well worth a repeat on a good winter's day. I see what you mean about the route looking like Scooby Doo's heid! I never noticed that - well spotted! :lol: :)
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Re: Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby DizzyVizion » Fri May 08, 2020 8:38 pm

Looked like an awesome day out! :D
Brilliant pictures :clap:
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Re: Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby dav2930 » Sun May 10, 2020 8:01 pm

DizzyVizion wrote:Looked like an awesome day out! :D
Brilliant pictures :clap:

Thanks Dizzy. Seems like a previous life now, but this was one of my favourite days out during a pretty poor winter. And ironically, all through this lockdown, look at the weather we've been getting! :roll: Let's hope it's not long before we can get out on the hill again (will have to try to interpret the vague announcement made by BJ just now). :?
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Re: Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby rockhopper » Sun May 17, 2020 11:18 am

A challenging but hugely rewarding trip - must seem like a distant memory now.
Having only been up there once and saw virtually nothing (in summer :roll: ), these hills are on the redo list - maybe need to consider a good winter's day now. Cheers :)
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Re: Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby Alteknacker » Mon May 18, 2020 11:40 pm

Looks like a great trip. Sadly I missed a fair bit of the snowy time due to various hospital stuff, so it's good to be reminded of what it's like.

I never fail to be surprised at how different a place seems to be in winter as compared with summer. When I walked this in summer, I thought I would never forget the views on the ascent of Stob Ban, and the traverse across to Mullach nan Coirean; but once again I was struggling to orientate myself with some of the pics...

What was the descent through the wood like off-path? To me any green with tree symbols looks dreadful on a map!!
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Re: Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby dav2930 » Tue May 19, 2020 1:39 pm

rockhopper wrote:A challenging but hugely rewarding trip - must seem like a distant memory now.
Having only been up there once and saw virtually nothing (in summer :roll: ), these hills are on the redo list - maybe need to consider a good winter's day now. Cheers :)

Thanks RH. Those times seem so carefree and innocent now, when we had no idea of the nightmare that was just around the corner. Yes, definitely worth a repeat in clearer conditions than you unfortunately got. Hopefully the big hills will be open to us again before winter, but a good winter's day for these two would be hard to beat! :)

Alteknacker wrote:Looks like a great trip. Sadly I missed a fair bit of the snowy time due to various hospital stuff, so it's good to be reminded of what it's like.

I never fail to be surprised at how different a place seems to be in winter as compared with summer. When I walked this in summer, I thought I would never forget the views on the ascent of Stob Ban, and the traverse across to Mullach nan Coirean; but once again I was struggling to orientate myself with some of the pics...

What was the descent through the wood like off-path? To me any green with tree symbols looks dreadful on a map!!

Thanks AK. At least it wasn't one the best winters to have missed out on. Here's hoping for a better one to come!

On the descent through the plantations, we kept to the forestry tracks and paths. They're not shown on the WH map at the scale presented, but might be if you zoom in to 1:25000 scale. They're shown, e.g., on the BMC Harvey's map. From the NE ridge of Mullach, follow the deer fence down to a big stile crossing it into the woods, where a good path leads down to a big forestry track crossing the Allt a' Choire Riabhaich. Follow it to the right until it almost turns back on itself at the Allt a Choire Dheirg, where a good, smaller path heads straight down to the road just W of the Lower Falls car park. Hope that helps. :)
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