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Cruachan and Stob Diamh another day in the Clag

Cruachan and Stob Diamh another day in the Clag


Postby jamesb63 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:20 pm

Munros included on this walk: Ben Cruachan, Stob Daimh

Date walked: 08/10/2015

Time taken: 5.45 hours

Distance: 13.2 km

Ascent: 1385m

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Leaving home I noticed the sky was nice and clear moon and stars showing :D
Halfway along Loch Lomond I could see the clag was well down along here :(
and only in the matter of 12 miles :shock:
Passing along between Tyndrum and Dalmally it started to rain :crazy:
But arriving at the layby just before Cruachan train station it was again dry
but very misty
Anyway I was soon booted up and on my way gaining height quickly

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Mist over Loch Awe and also above


Reaching the dam I headed over to the left to take the path there as I had
my walking partner Jake with me and hes not to good at going up ladders :lol: :lol:

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A great piece of engineering


Heading round the loch the clag was down within yards of the shoreline

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Clag well down


I soon reached the small cairn indicating the start of the ascent up Coire Dearg
and past the waterfalls

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The Waterfalls


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Up towards Bealach An Lochain


2 hours after setting out we were on the summit of Ben Cruachan
with nothing to see I took a pick and set off for Stob Diamh

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Jake at the Ben Cruachan trig point


I was soon at the Cruachan Slabs and to be honest even though it was wet
they were no great obstacle ,jake did deploy his built in crampons :lol:
But we were over in no time and continued anlong the ridge
NOT that I could see it at any point and the next point we stopped was the
Cairn marking the Summit of Stob Diamh

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Stob Diamh summit


I then headed down the decent path for about 400yds and stopped here
for us both to enjoy a spot of lunch in the clag
After 10 mins we started heading back down and then the sun was showing
some very slight signs of breaking through

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Coire Creachainn


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Cruachan Reservoir


Dropping down Lairaig Torran I was then into the only real wet and boggy
part of the walk

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Looking from Lairaig Torran up the Coire Cruachan the clag was trying to lift


Soon I was back at the dam and headed down the road and back across
to reache the path back for the final decent through the trees

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Pass of Brander


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Best pic of the day a view over Loch Awe


I was soon out of the trees and back at the car ,there were a few more that had
arrived since I had set out
Clag or not I enjoyed my walk and will return sometime again and hope to see
the views ive seen in other reports :D
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Re: Cruachan and Stob Diamh another day in the Clag

Postby Petr Dakota » Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:47 pm

Another good walk and good hills James :clap: :clap: :clap:
Pity for the clag...I did the Cruachan in winter condition and no visibility around the top, but clear views in lower level... :roll: Hope you will get the clear views next :wink: Keep walking 8)
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