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Brilliant Buachie

Brilliant Buachie


Postby Raynor » Sat May 02, 2020 4:43 pm

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

Date walked: 26/06/2017

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A few years ago but still fresh in the memory. A truly spectacular hill that is surprisingly straightforward considering how difficult it looks when you drive past it on the A82.

A very early start on a June monday morning saw me heading north hoping to beat the expected crowds. I got parked up at the back of three after a leisurely drive through rannoch moor in the dark, dodging the million or so deer. Just enough time for a quick nap which was really just wriggling about trying to find a comfortable position. By half four I was fed up and it was near enough daylight so I just headed out.

Gloomy Stob Dearg in almost daytime.

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A good and obvious path leads quickly upwards to the right of the scree.

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I noticed some saxifrage and went a bit of a wander through the boulders looking for more alpines.

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I couldn't find the "path" again, if there even is actually one all the way up, so it turned into an interesting scramble. Merrell boots and wet rocks are not a good combination apparently.

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It was absolutely boiling the whole way up here. No wind at all. A very odd experience on a Munro. By the time I scrambled up to the top of the gully, the views were really opening up and the sun was just starting to burn away the morning cloud.

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The mountain gets rather pink up here on the final pull to the summit.

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The views over Rannoch Moor were tremendous.

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The south side down to Glen Etive looked a tad steep.

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As good as the views are from these hills, the real star of this mountain is the ridge walk between Stob Dearg and Stob na Broige.

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Conditions were absolutely perfect with periods of walking in clouds then suddenly clearing and seeing the ridge ahead appear out of nowhere. I much prefer this to walking in perfect visibility.

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A few smaller summits are passed.

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Looking back down the valley between little and big buachie

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No views from Stob na Broiga

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Getting down from here to the valley floor was somewhat challenging. There are a couple of options but it's pretty slippy and steep. I ended up on my arse a good few times :lol: It looks rather benign in this photo however.

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The path back to the car parking spot follows a small burn.

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A final parting shot of a splendid mountain.

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Re: Brilliant Buachie

Postby RiverSong » Sun May 03, 2020 11:48 am

Enjoyed your photos, they give a real feel for what the walk is like
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