Stob Coire nan Lochan 14th February 2004

Date: Saturday 14th February 2004
Participants: Us
Weather: Nice start, clouding in.
Distance: 10km
Ascent: 1040m

Continuing on through our older walks. 2004 was our first winter trying to get out in the Scottish hills. It also seems to have been one of relatively little snow.

We’d been out on a few wintry days, easing ourselves into winter conditions. The 14th of February was a beautiful morning, the day going downhill towards lunchtime.

Passing through Rannoch Moor it would have been a travesty not to stop and take a picture or 2.

Rannoch Moor view:


We had decided to head up Bidean – took the easy path up between Gearr Aonach and Aonach Dubh.

Bidean from glen:

Stob Coire nan Lochan from ascent:

H on Ascent:

The hanging coire under Stob Coire nan Lochan is a lovely place, one thing about looking back to the early hill days – it certainly makes me wonder why we have spent so little time around Glen Coe and the Mamores over the last 10 years!
H under Stob Coire nan Lochain:

Cliffs above the hanging coire:

Stob Coire nan Lochan from hanging coire:

As we’d done a couple of times we headed out to Aonach Dubh – the view from this “Sister” is superb, hanging as it does above Glen Coe and opposite the Aonach Eagach.
Visiting the front of Aonach Dubh adds only a little distance, but a lot of reward to Bidean, I’m surprised so few folks do it.

Beinn a Chrualaiste and Schiehallion:

Heading out to Aonach Dubh:

H on Aonach Dubh:

Loch Leven from Aonach Dubh:

From Aonach Dubh we headed up the N ridge of Stob Coire Nan Lochan, which steepens a bit towards the summit.

Near the top of Stob Coire nan Lochan:

View down to hanging coire:

As we neared the top of Stob Coire nan Lochan the clouds started to roll in.

View from Stob Coire nan Lochan clouding:

We decided to head back down rather than cross the ridge to Bidean’s summit (we didn’t really fancy the steep headwall into the Lost Valley).

Leaving Stob Coire nan Lochan:

Dropped back down into the hanging coire and then back down the NTS path to Glen Coe.

The lochan back up to the N ridge of SCnL:

A lovely day – looking back it seems to have been a rather poor snow cover for mid February. I remember the thrill of getting out in winter though. Should really get back out in Glen Coe too.

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