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Buachaille Etive Mor

Buachaille Etive Mor


Postby Frogwell » Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:28 pm

Route description: Buachaille Etive Mor

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

Date walked: 03/02/2012

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 13 km

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The problem with going for walks when I should be working is that for every hour I miss, I seem to have to spend two making it up. I'm not sure quite how that works. That is why it is only now that I've been through the pictures for a walk I did nearly two weeks ago. I think in future I will also have to take far fewer pictures as it seems to take an age just looking through them, and about quarter of the way through I lose interest and click through them double quick speed. At the moment if I see a scene I like, I'll take a few pictures, if possible from round about a 10 - 20 foot radius just to get different stones, rocks, bits of grass etc in the foreground. It never seems to make a great deal of difference to be honest, if the light is right then the pictures is okay regardless of the shape of the stones in the foreground. If the light is wrong, then the picture is not so okay.

Anyway, that has nothing to do with the walk. I set off almost not very late with the car pointing towards Binnein Mor and Na Gruagaichean but was bored with driving by the time I got to the top of Glen Coe so I figured Buachaille Etive Mor would have to do. I pulled into the car parking area, scraped the bottom of the car, swore at a chubby blackbird, stuck my pack on my back, my camera on my shoulder and set off along the path. Returning less than two minutes later to lock the car and swear at the bird some more.

The ascent of Buachaille Etive Mor was icy and steep. My guess is it's normally steep, but not always icy. Or cold for that matter - the sweat in my hair turned to ice when I stopped to put my crampons on. I didn't take too long to get up Coire na Tulaich and on to the bealach. Not sure if I'm the only one who does this, but after steep climbs to come out into the sun with fantastic vistas I just can't help but laugh. Unless of course there's anyone else around, in which case I remain composed and feign slightly disappointed disinterest.

Not sure what to say about the walk along the ridge really. Anyone that's been up there knows how fantastic it is, and those who haven't, well, they've got that to look forward too. The descent was not the most fun ever as it occasionally followed an iced up burn. On the plus side I only cut my trousers and sliced my boot once on my crampons. Myself and another guy who I'd met several times along the way walked along the Glen back to the car as the sun did it's setting thing. Not sure if he's a member here, but if so, hope your new job's going well.

So that was that, Buachaille Etive Mor. Now when I drive past there I can say to people, I've been up there. I hope I get to say it lots.

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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor

Postby mrssanta » Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:35 pm

wonderful and amazing, pics cracking, text amusing. I laugh when I get to the ridge too.
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor

Postby Alastair S » Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:54 pm

Liked the succinct but amusing text but loved the photos. Great stuff.
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor

Postby Malckyb » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:08 pm

Truly awesome pics...so wanna do this one. Looks like you got a great day for it too.Well done. :-)
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor

Postby malky_c » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:19 pm

I knew the photos would be good before I clicked on this :) Nice one!
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor

Postby skuk007 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:20 pm

Great pics as always, please don't take less of them in future. :)
Really like the one of the raised footsteps (if that's what they were).

Oh and a good time too. I did this route in summer and took an hour longer!
Poor wee blackie, looks shocked at your outbursts. :lol:
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor

Postby BoyVertiginous » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:59 pm

Fine words and finer pics...breathtaking views.
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor

Postby ndhudson » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:06 am

What's the emoticon for <drooling>? I am speechless...gorgeous!
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor

Postby Bod » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:14 am

Fantastic, what a fantastic set of pictures.....great to see it all with the snow :D :D :D
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor

Postby rockhopper » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:58 am

magic ! :thumbup:
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor

Postby Milesy » Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:19 am

Brilliant pics.
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor

Postby blueyed » Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:24 pm

amazing pics :)
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor

Postby ChrisW » Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:35 pm

Not sure about laughing as you walk into the sunshine on a ridge but I laughed out loud at this, brilliant and (as always) excellent photos to compliment the report :D
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor

Postby quoman » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:41 pm

Excellent picture's once again frog :D well
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Re: Buachaille Etive Mor

Postby L-Hiking » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:04 pm

Awesome :D
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