The Grey Corries - perfection above the cloud

Route: The Grey Corries

Munros: Sgurr Choinnich Mor, Stob Choire Claurigh, Stob Coire an Laoigh

Date walked: 06/11/2020

Time taken: 7.15 hours

Distance: 22.2km

Ascent: 1763m

Friday 6th November 2020

Having been up Beinn a'Ghlo on the Wednesday, I never really intended on another hill day before going back to work on Saturday....however I then saw the forecast for Friday, and the high chance of an inversion on the hills :D . I couldn't turn it down, especially with the risk of going back into some form of lockdown, so opted for a trip to the Grey Corries to make the most of it.

After gingerly crawling up the rough bumpy track to Corriechoille at a steady 5mph, I parked up about 8.40am. Conditions were looking good, there was a lot of low cloud about, however I could see blue sky through the gaps, so I was hopeful that the inversion would happen. I set off at a rate, crampons and ice axe laden (purely as ballast as it turned out), and started up the track. Forking right after 2km or so, it was straight into ankle deep bog before starting the steep ascent towards the first tops. I was soon deep inside the mist, ploughing upwards hoping to escape it as soon as possible. There are a million reports about the route, so I'll tell the story with pictures as the day developed...

Feeling hopeful soon after leaving the car

Yes!! Escaped the cloud into paradise, with my spectre following me upwards

Reaching the ridge, with inversions either side. The Ben and Aonachs looked phenomenal in the morning light. (Click on the panoramas for the full picture)

Looking east to Stob Coire na Ceannain

Just incredible. Grinning from ear to ear, absolutely delighted.

A fun wee scramble along towards the first munro if you stick to the crest.

Views over Rannoch towards Schiehallion in the distance.

Inversions up almost any hill you had chosen. Breathtaking!

The route to come. Absolutely awesome! Not a soul around either, nobody. How can you have all this to yourself?

Onto photograph number 26,735 by this point.... :lol:

Peeping over the Aonachs to the roof of Britain.

Ridge panorama.

Onwards towards Stob Coire an Laoigh

Looking back towards Stob a'Choire Leith

The summit of Stob Coire an Laoigh, an incredible viewpoint.

Faffing about with the camera to prove I was there...

A very happy camper!

The view out towards the third and final munro, Sgurr Choinnich Mor. Appears a bit closer than it is...

Job done. Looking back along the full Grey Corries Ridge from Sgurr Choinnich Mor, and a pathetic looking wee cairn :lol:

The long descent down the boggy ridge eventually took me onto the forest track once more and back to the car to finish the day under a cracking sunset over the Aonachs.

A fantastic day. I'm glad I saved these hills for a day like this, absolutely superb. 7 hours 10 mins that went by in the blink of an eye. A very enjoyable route, I loved every minute of the day.

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Comments: 8

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Ascent: 1391m
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Ascent: 1773m
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Ascent: 1122m
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Ascent: 2101m
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Ascent: 989m
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Distance: 34.5km
Ascent: 2203m
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Corbetts: Beinn Mhic Chasgaig
Date walked: 17/08/2020
Distance: 12.8km
Ascent: 1226m
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Location: Dunfermline
Activity: Mountain Walker
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Mountain: Bidean
Place: Knoydart
Gear: Water.

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