Dreich Stob Dubh Glen Etive. October 2010

Date: Saturday 30th October 2010
Distance: 11.8km
Ascent: 1051m

Up in Glen Coe – with a mixed forecast. We’ve had our eye on Stob Dubh in Glen Coe for a while. The shortest route approaches from Glen Ceitlein but having seen the hill from the N we thought we’d traverse Beinn Ceitlein.

Previous view:

Parked up opposite the infamous Alltchaorunn gate. Hefty showers pulsing up Glen Etive. Kicked off with waterproofs on.

The gate is now unlocked – the suggested track beyond is boggy but diverts around the cottage.

We crossed the bridge just upstream from Alltchaorunn. This prevented any need to ford any other rivers – not a pleasant task this weekend.

There is a path tracking south round the end of Beinn Ceitlein. Struck uphill to climb the east end of the ridge. Steep grassy slope all the way.

The nubbin at the east end of the ridge has caught my eye several times.

It’s easily climbed from this side. Great views down to the cottage.

From here it’s a bobbly traverse over Beinn Ceitlein.

Fab views towards Stob Ghabhar:

The weather was coming and going. Mainly blowing and raining.

Occasional surprising sun.

From the ridge occasional views opened. Clach Leathad:

Got a few glimpses of the Corbett top.

Arriving at the summit it was hail and winds – hunkered down for lunch.
Reversed route to return – fairly abysmal conditions.

Cleared briefly – spate everywhere.

Dropped to the glen and tracked back to the bridge – the rapids were awesome by this point.

Great walk, even in the conditions. Headed back the Clachaig for a few beers.

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