A Tale of Two Halves
by jonny616 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:41 pm
Route description: The Grey Corries
Munros included on this walk: Sgurr Choinnich Mor, Stob Ban (Grey Corries), Stob Choire Claurigh, Stob Coire an Laoigh
Date walked: 08/06/2013
Time taken: 13 hours
Distance: 30 km
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So its 4 o’clock in the morning and still I cannot sleep, as the song goes. Polly picks me up at 05:30 and we head off west to meet Gammy and DawnForth at the place we affectionately call ‘The Bogs’
We meet but no Dawn as she has decided to camp down Etive and nip around the 5 on Sunday with Tomsie so we meet her at White Corries. It is now after seven and Glencoe looks amazing. A quick pic on to Facebook for a good friend who is heading to work and we are on our way.
Bump, bump bump up the single pot hold track as far as we can from Corriechoille. You can get past the gate as it is not locked. Best to park where you pass another track on the right going into the forest. Suited and booted and walking just before 9am.
Followed the track up and around with a wee stop to have some fun with the wee minister.
Then saw a worrying sign saying that the bridge before the bothy was unsafe to cross. Worrying because I am not known for skilful river crossings, but at least I have not dunked myself up to my neck like Polly!
Broken bridge professionally dispatched and we continued on to the bothy.
Its along way to the bothy but being purists we dispatch long walk-ins with ease. Great views up and down left and right with Stob Ban appearing and the magnificent looking Sgurr Innse.
A wee nosy in the bothy and signed the book before using the bridge just past the bothy to cross the river and looking out for our path. The one directly behind the bothy takes you to the bealach between Stob Ban and Stob Choire Claurigh, but we wanted the one that climbs around and takes Stob ban fro the south.
The ascent of Stob ban is fairly easy with some more great views of the surrounding hills.
The descent off is another matter a mixture of boulders and scree but not the right mix to heel slide down, more of a gingerly’ it’s only a matter of time before I fall on my a**e’ type.
Round the lochan and a straight forward pull up to Stob Choire Claurigh from where the ridge looks magnificent.
Much fun along the ridge, glorious views abound as we clamber over boulders and five munro tops before arriving at the third munro Stob Coire an Laoigh from where the views are even better and the forth munro looks great, although the legs sighed a bit at the thought of climbing Stob Coire Easain twice.
The way up Sgurr Choinnich Mhor was again straight forward with a couple of steep pulls , one large snow patch remained to speed our descent later via the medium of a wet bum for us guys but a little chill or thrill for the ladies in shorts.
And then there we were Polly and Gammy half way round. A cracking walk on a cracking day.
Just the small matter of walking back over Easain down a broad grassy ridge that feels like it goes all the way to Glasgow a steep drop to cross the river by the dam before the long forest track back to the car.
A great, great day. A mere 13 hours in the company of friends one of whom is nuts enough to do another 5 the next day.
Hope you enjoy the photos and I am sure more will be added.
by Tomsie » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:53 pm
Well done on the half way mark Gammy & Polly.
Well done Dawn on finding them
by scoob999 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:00 pm
by rockhopper » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:18 pm
by SAVAGEALICE » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:05 pm
by SusieThePensioner » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:06 pm
Great report Jonny, looked a grand day out Some fantastic views in your photos
by pollyh33 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:44 pm
What a walk! What a day! What a cracking bunch of people
Very much a long overdue walk with the kings of inappropriate hill banter, I promise not to leave it so long next time.
I'm sure Mark was cock-a-hoop with the constant updates and I can't believe Ron wasn't willing to wait the 3 hours for us to finish!!! Pfffft!
Thanks to Willie for the present and thanks to you and Dawn for declining any of the chocolates
As for Wasabi peanuts
by Jock McJock » Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:15 pm
by pigeon » Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:21 pm
by ScottishLeaf » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:41 pm
Massive well dones to Gammy and Polly on reaching the magical 141, even better you managed it on the same hill! Congrats
by quoman » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:33 pm
And to jonny a great report as ever sorry we mist this one but we had a grand weekend up in tongue.
by Collaciotach » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:38 pm
It is an absolute fecker the walk down the ridge and along the old LR track bed ... I remember it well !
by gammy leg walker » Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:31 pm
- 4 Munro Meanderers
- Grey Corries ridge
- Grey Corries ridge
- Me & Polly both making 1/2 way
- Grey Corries from the walkout
- Grey Corries from the walkout
- The troops heading for home
Great TR mate,fantastic day with fantastic company in fantastic weather just perfect.
by Alan S » Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:53 pm
Well done to polly and gammy for reaching half way