Stob a Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar. March 2004.

Date: Saturday 6th March 2004
Distance: 17.7km
Ascent: 1530m

Winter 2004 was rather benign all told, the first weekend in March saw continued patchy snow conditions.

We revisited Stob Ghabhar and Stob a Choire Odhair, a pair we’d been up the year before.

Parked up at the Victoria Bridge car park and set off along the track. The view west from here is worth pausing to appreciate.

Turning at the green hut, we were on the bog standard SMC route for Stob a Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar. Although we’ve been back up Stob Ghabhar by a few other routes this was the last time we visited the smaller munro….need to rectify that.

It’s a decent route climbing Stob a Choire Odhair on the path, views develop to Stob Ghabhar.

Ben Cruachan always looks attractive.

It clouded up a little as we summited the first munro, so we didn’t hang around too long, heading west for Stob Ghabhar.

It’s an easy wander from Stob a Choire Odhair down to the bealach under Stob Ghabhar, then continuing up from the bealach to curl above Coirein Lochain and ascend onto the Aonach Eagach of Stob Ghabhar.

Coirein Lochain:

Stob Ghabhar looming:

Looking back to Stob a Choire Odhair:

It’s a fairly steep climb onto the Aonach Eagach – we had the ice axes and crampons out for this:

Once on the ridge the view opens back out over Loch Tulla:

….and back to Stob a Choire Odhair:

From there it’s a happy plowter along the ridge top to the base of Stob Ghabhar’s summit cone:

Cruachan:

The summit cone:

A last 100 or so metres has you at the summit – a munro with a cracking view.

The Eagach ridge and the Bridge of Orchy munros:

Cornice and summit cairn:

The view out to Rannoch Moor:

Down the Etive hills to Ben Starav:

A break at the top to refuel and enjoy the view and then it was back down the hill – we descended via the standard “waterfall route”.

The day continued to improve in descent:

Stob a Choire Odhair:

Cruachan:

The base of the summit:

Coire na Muic:

The waterfall:

Then a pleasant walk out to the car.
Stob Ghabhar:

The view out along Abhainn Shira:

We were fairly pleased with ourselves I remember. Nothing too dramatic but a rather nice bit of late winter walking.

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