The Wee Bookil. December 2010

Date: Sunday 12th December 2010
Distance: 8.6km
Ascent: 950m

Got up in Fort William – the initial plan had been for the Corryhully horseshoe – late change of plans to cut down the size of walk to allow for post-holiday organisation. Decided on Glencoe and the Wee Bookil.

Parked up at the Lairig Eilde car park at 0710 and got the boots on. Found the path and headed out with head-torches on the excellent path.

This path is like an escalator – very fast progress. Some deer were scattering in the dark.

Light was building allowing some shots.

Bidean pre-dawn:

Bidean pre-dawn:

Up to the bealach in about 60 mins.

Stob Dubh pre-dawn:

Quick marched up to Stob Coire Raineach racing the dawn. Got there just in time.

Dawn over Buachaille Etive Mor:

Alpenglow on Lochaber:

Alpenglow on the Ben:

Alpenglow on Bidean:

Easains:

Syrupy light on summit:

Had a few nibbles and wrapped up against the Baltic breeze. About 30 minutes in total – then turned for the bealach.

Ben Nevis from descent:

This is a simple route – drop to the bealach and then climb to the ridge of Stob Dubh. Mostly on mixed rock/grass with a short snow patch before the 902m top. Easy progress from there along the ridge to the summit.

Stob Coire Raineach:

Stob Dubh from ridge:

H near Stob Dubh summit:

Bidean from Stob Dubh:

Loch Etive from Stob Dubh:

Another 30 minute break to drink in the surroundings. Such a gorgeous day. Another set of nibbles then dragged ourselves away.

Simply reverse route down the excellent path.

H on Stob Dubh descent:

K shadow:

H descending ridge:

Glencoe from near car park:

The NTS path was a surprise – 90mins to Stob Coire Raineach summit makes it a winter special.

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