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Elegy for Glen Etive - a different way up Ben Starav

Elegy for Glen Etive - a different way up Ben Starav


Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:53 pm

Route description: Ben Starav and Glas Bheinn Mhor

Munros included on this walk: Ben Starav

Date walked: 31/03/2019

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It was a gorgeous morning as I crossed Rannoch Moor en route for Glen Etive.

ImageIMG_1453 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Stob Coir'an Albannaich from Glen Etive.

ImageIMG_1461 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

I was pleased to get this photo of Starav below, partly because it shows the full bulk and height of this mighty hill, but also because it shows my entire route.

I planned to ascent the narrow ridge about half-way up the photo on the left, named Glas Bheinn Chaol. Its knobbly nature can be seen by its jagged shadow cast on the slope to its right. From the map, I guessed that this ridge would have superb views, especially in morning light, of the surrounding hills and valleys. In fact, it turned out to be even better than I hoped.

Then, I planned to traverse across from the upper part of the ridge, just before its final steepening, to the snappily-named Bealachan Lochain Ghaineamhaich. Then I would follow the left-hand skyline to the summit of Stob Coire Dheirg, then on to Ben Starav, and descend the north ridge.

ImageIMG_1466 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr


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The River Etive was my companion for the first stage of the walk.

ImageIMG_1492 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

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Even more beautiful was the Allt Mheuran. This is destined to become a hydro-electric power station. I took several photos - my elegy for this magic place.

Looking upstream to the old wooden bridge

ImageIMG_1542 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The old bridge and Beinn Trilleachan.

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Above the bridge

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I crossed the stream here.

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I did not expect to find a path along the crest of the Glas Bheinn Chaol ridge, but in fact one appeared almost immediately - this is looking back down the path into Glen Etive.

ImageIMG_1633 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The ridge provided wonderful widening views of the neighbouring peaks - Glas Bheinn Mhor and Stob Coir'an Albannaich on my left, Ben Starav and its fine satellite Stob Coire Dheirg on my right.

ImageIMG_1676 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

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Looking downwards on my right - I was intrigued by this waterfall falling into a slot canyon, like ones I have seen in Arizona.

ImageIMG_1636 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Looking ahead along the upper part of the Glas Bheinn Chaol ridge.

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Glas Bheinn Mhor

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Stob Coire Dheirg

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A small icy pond

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I reached the highest part of the ridge accompanied by a chorus of loud croaking. It was like that Paul McCartney Frog song. The frogs were in several large, beautiful pools along the crest of the ridge.

Glen Coe hills in the background.

ImageIMG_1693 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Zoomed shot of Bidean nam Bian.

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Other views from the ponds.

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After a while sitting and enjoying this idyllic spot, I traversed across to the bealach, where there were more good views - Beinn nan Aighenan and Beinn Eunaich

ImageIMG_1720 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Looking from the bealach up the ridge towards Stob Coire Dheirg (right) and Ben Starav (left).

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Beinn Eunaich, Beinn a'Chochuill and the Ben Cruachan peaks.

ImageIMG_1722 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Looking up the ridge from the bealach to Stob Coire Dheirg. The thin whitish line in the centre of the photo is not snow but a vein of quartz.

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Views from the ridge.

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The upper ridge and the quartz vein

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Midday sun casting long shadows

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The summit of Stob Coire Dheirg

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Ben Starav from the cairn

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A quartz pinnacle in the foreground, my ridge of ascent in the middle distance, Mamores, Grey Corries, Easains and the Geal Charn group far away. Stob Ghabhar on the far right.

ImageIMG_1751 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Ben Lui and its neighbours above Beinn nan Aighenan.

ImageIMG_1762 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The north ridge of Ben Starav. The twin peaks of Beinn a'Bheithir are on the right hand skyline. Rum can be seen, very faint, above a dark patch of forestry on the left.

ImageIMG_1760 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The arete along to Ben Starav was brilliant fun. Views along the arete...

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The cairn on the east summit of Ben Starav, and views from it.

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The final stroll to the summit felt like a walk in some celestial realm.

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Last steps to the cairn

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View from the cairn of Ben Starav, with Ben Nevis appearing exactly above Bidean nam Bian - nice to see these three bad boys lined up.

ImageIMG_1820 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Zoomed shot

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Views from the summit

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Starting the descent - a look back at the summit

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And I couldn't resist some last shots of Beinn Trilleachan and Loch Etive

ImageIMG_1846 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

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Views along the north ridge

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Looking back up to Ben Starav

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The Robber's Waterfall visible from this angle

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Late afternoon light around the Allt Mheuran gave a different ambience to the morning views I'd seen.

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Back to the old bridge

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Waterslide in the evening sun

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The River Etive again

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Coileitir Cottage and Stob Dubh

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A last view of Ben Starav from the bridge over the river

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Sunset sky over Buachaille Etive Mor

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Re: Elegy for Glen Etive - a different way up Ben Starav

Postby Hillbeback » Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:59 pm

Tim,

Brilliant photos :clap: How l wish l had been accompanying you on that walk. You definitely have a good eye for capturing a great image. Think I'll need lessons from you when we meet up :lol:

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Re: Elegy for Glen Etive - a different way up Ben Starav

Postby maxie23 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:22 pm

Tim

Cracking report mate, looks like a good alternative route up.
Love the photographs, the views from Ben Starav are really fantastic ( weather permitting of course )
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ImageBen Cruachan group and Loch Etive, picture postcard time by robert irvine, on Flickr

Keep up the good work.
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Re: Elegy for Glen Etive - a different way up Ben Starav

Postby dav2930 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:30 pm

Really enjoyed that :thumbup: A superb collection of photos; I especially like the ones of the waterfalls and rock pools :clap: . Looked a great way up Starav too. It's such a shame about the proposed hydro scheme :(
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Re: Elegy for Glen Etive - a different way up Ben Starav

Postby tweedledog » Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:34 am

Wonderful photographs. Thank you.
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Re: Elegy for Glen Etive - a different way up Ben Starav

Postby past my sell by date » Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:37 pm

Great report and photos :D - I did more or less the reverse about 20 years ago on a hot summer's day and also "nipped" down and back the 300m or so drop to Aighenan in the middle. It was a very long walk (nearly 2000m of ascent!!) - but I was keen in those days and Bill who came with me seemed inexhaustible. We did the whole of the Grey Corries next day :crazy: I particularly remember this rather striking quartz vein on the descent from Starav
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Re: Elegy for Glen Etive - a different way up Ben Starav

Postby Sgurr » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:04 am

Good to hear there are still plenty of frogs still, I haven't met any this year. Some lovely pictures there. Not surprising that there is a path up Ghlas Beinn Mor as it is a traditional return route from Ben Starav. We climbed it as a 60th birthday treat and came back that way.
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Re: Elegy for Glen Etive - a different way up Ben Starav

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:30 am

Hillbeback wrote:Tim,

Brilliant photos :clap: How l wish l had been accompanying you on that walk. You definitely have a good eye for capturing a great image. Think I'll need lessons from you when we meet up :lol:

Moira


Thanks Moira!

Yes it was a great day, although a bit sad that some of the special magic of the Allt Mheuran will be lost soon. Glad to have got some photos of it in good weather!

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Re: Elegy for Glen Etive - a different way up Ben Starav

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:44 pm

maxie23 wrote:Tim

Cracking report mate, looks like a good alternative route up.
Love the photographs, the views from Ben Starav are really fantastic ( weather permitting of course )
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ImageBen Cruachan group and Loch Etive, picture postcard time by robert irvine, on Flickr

Keep up the good work.
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Thanks Robert! - and thanks for posting up the photo - what a wonderful view!

We were both lucky to see it in good weather!

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Re: Elegy for Glen Etive - a different way up Ben Starav

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Fri May 03, 2019 12:45 pm

past my sell by date wrote:Great report and photos :D - I did more or less the reverse about 20 years ago on a hot summer's day and also "nipped" down and back the 300m or so drop to Aighenan in the middle. It was a very long walk (nearly 2000m of ascent!!) - but I was keen in those days and Bill who came with me seemed inexhaustible. We did the whole of the Grey Corries next day :crazy: I particularly remember this rather striking quartz vein on the descent from Starav
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Thanks - just spotted your comment and photo - the quartz vein is certainly quite a feature!

I usually just do one hill at a time, going slowly - I am not sure if I will ever get to Beinn nan Aighenan!

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Re: Elegy for Glen Etive - a different way up Ben Starav

Postby past my sell by date » Fri May 03, 2019 1:14 pm

HalfManHalfTitanium wrote:
I usually just do one hill at a time, going slowly

Me too these days!!
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Re: Elegy for Glen Etive - a different way up Ben Starav

Postby litljortindan » Sat May 18, 2019 1:54 pm

Great route but sad that the start will be altered.
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Re: Elegy for Glen Etive - a different way up Ben Starav

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Sat May 18, 2019 10:13 pm

litljortindan wrote:Great route but sad that the start will be altered.


Thanks! Yes - the hydro plans gave a strange sense of loss to an otherwise wonderful day.

Didn't stop me enjoying it though!

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