Stob Ghabhar via Clashgour – summer ascent. July 2013

Date: Saturday 2nd July 2013
Distance: 20.5km
Ascent: 1300m

The weekend’s weather looked a little complex, but mercifully cooler than the week. After a hot evening in Bridge of Orchy we had a leisurely start at a comfortable temperature from the car park at Victoria Bridge.

Having approached Stob Ghabhar via the SMC red route a few times, and once via the excellent Aonach Mor ridge from Glen Etive, we had been pondering an ascent via Clashgour for some time. Put the plan into action.

Initial progress was slow due to the distraction of butterflies and meadow flowers along the roadside.

Common Blue:

Dark skies and sun on grass:

Passed the little green hut on the Allt Toaig and on up the road to Clashgour farm – assaulted by waves of clegs as we passed through the forestry.

The track winds around the farm buildings, but there are signs for walkers so it doesn’t seem to intrude.

Now marked as a path on the 1:50000 the route is still a track on up the glen along the Allt Ghabhar, ascending to Mam nan Sac.

Bog Asphodel flowering:

Frog:

We simply made our way uphill towards Bealach Coire Laoghan on easy terrain. A slight breeze made the ascent bearable.

West towards Glen Kinglas:

The low clouds had been breaking as we ascended and there was a reasonable view N as we arrived at the bealach. Sat for a moment to enjoy it then headed to Stob a Bruaich Leith.

Stob Ghabhar from Stob a Bruaich Leith:

Sat on the NW aspect of the top and had some lunch – a pleasant sunny day with a cooling breeze. There didn’t seem to be a rush so we had a snooze for an hour in the sun as the remaining clouds dissipated.

Decided to carry on along the ridge towards Fair Bhan – to inspect a likely looking high camp spot.

A few lochans here with a lot of tadpoles – hopefully there will be enough rain to keep this little guys going.

Turned round at Fair Bhan to head back over Stob a Bruaich Leith for Stob Ghabhar – an easy wander.

Beinn Suidhe and Loch Dochard:

Across Beinn Ceitlein to Bidean:

Spotted a Ring Ouzel hen hanging around – she was hanging around and tutting at us. Another more strident call heralded a Ring Ouzel chick calling for food.

Coire a Chaolain:

Once on the N arm of Stob Ghabhar the view opened up to the NE across Rannoch Moor all the way to Cairn Toul.

Across Loch Tulla to the BoO hills:

Having seen just one walker to this point there were a few others around here and on the Eagach ridge.

Some reasonable clarity for a hot day – could make out Arran to the south and Ben More on Mull to the west with some views up into the NW.

Starav and Albannaich with Ben More behind the latter:

Gnarly Grahams out to Cruachan:

South to Arran:

The Ben and the Bookil:

We had wondered about wandering down Sron na Guibhas but decided to take the waterfall route off the hill.

Having done a lot of corbetts and grahams over the last few years you get out of the habit of the longer sustained ascent/descents of some of the munros. It takes a while to get down this way but it’s a reasonable route off.

Starry Saxifrage:

Beinn Suidhe and Loch Dochard:

Loch Tulla and the BoO munros:

Not too brisk waterfall:

Eventually back to the track it was another 45 minutes to get back to the car.

I liked the Clashgour ascent – quiet and with reasonable views. It would suit us for a pre-dawn winter ascent, being easy-angled and track approached. One to return to I think.

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