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Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh

Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh


Postby Stretch » Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:01 pm

Route description: Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh

Munros included on this walk: Ben Cruachan, Stob Daimh

Date walked: 16/10/2010

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 1376m

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There are a host of excellent reports for this route so I will limit my words and let my photos speak for me on this one. I had been saving Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh for a nice day and I jumped on the chance to walk these two after seeing Saturday's forecast. My day started with my 3rd straight cloud inversion, although this one was relatively small compared to the ones near Braemar last week. The entire circuit for this route is fabulous except for some boggy bits on the descent. The slabs below Ben Cruachan did not pose any difficulty on this fine dry day, but I can see how they might be problematic in poor weather. In the end this proved to be another perfect day out for me and this route now ranks high on my list of favorites.

Enjoy!

Stretch


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A fine start to my morning.jpg


Path up to Coire Dearg.jpg


Almost to the bealach.jpg


Mull.jpg


Stretch on Ben Cruachan.jpg


Along the ridge from Ben Cruachan.jpg


Loch Etive.jpg


Nearing the slabs below Ben Cruachan.jpg


Slabs below Ben Cruachan.jpg


Cruachan Ridge to Stob Diamh.jpg


Looking back up Ben Cruachan.jpg


Drochaid Ghlas.jpg


Loch Etive from below Ben Cruachan.jpg


The view north to Ben Nevis.jpg


Cruachan Reservior.jpg


Stob Diamh from Drochaid Ghlas.jpg


Ben Cruachan from Stob Diamh.jpg


Stretch on Stob Diamh.jpg


Ben Lui and beyond.jpg


Ben Cruachan to Ben Starav Pano.jpg


Ben Cruachan to Stob Diamh Pano HDR.jpg


Cruachan Reservior Pano.jpg


Allt Cruachan.jpg


Ben Cruachan Ridge.jpg
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Re: Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh

Postby monty » Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:02 pm

Great set of Pictures Stretch. That last ones been touched with a bit HDR mee thinks. :D I was 30km across the valley from you on Saturday. The weather was brilliant. :D
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Re: Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh

Postby kinley » Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:11 pm

Cracking 8)

One at the top of my repeat list.

The last one looks really nice but I think the Cruachan summit with Trilleachan reflecting in Loch Etive is my favourite.

Nice work 8)
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Re: Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:37 pm

Looks like you had a fine day there stretch,just wish we had managed out on the Sat,but had to wait till Sun,by then weather had closed in
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Re: Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh

Postby Stretch » Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:40 pm

Yep Monty the last one is full on HDR, I forgot to label it as such.

I really enjoyed this one Kinley and can see why you'd repeat it. I considered doing the corbett Beinn a Bhuiridh next door but the north slope looked way to steep for my liking.

I was on An Socach in Glen Shee Sunday Gammy, ridiculous wind on the top, completely different conditions!
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Re: Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh

Postby kinley » Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:48 pm

Stretch wrote:I really enjoyed this one Kinley and can see why you'd repeat it.


I got your view of Loch Etive but the cloud swallowed us for the rest of the day - so we really need to go back :?
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Re: Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh

Postby mountain coward » Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:59 pm

I thought exactly the same about the slope up to Beinn a' Bhuiridh! Great pics - lovely to see it after, yet again, Richard and me never saw a thing...

But I can see I'm going to have to lead a Walkhighlands expedition to Taynuilt Peak soon if someone doesn't go and do it!
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