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Buchaille Etive Mor

Assuming good weather (feasible),no snow (less feasible and I won't be carrying snow/ice kit) me being fit and keen (even less feasible on recent form), I'm thinking of going from Lairig Gartain up Coire Altruim, along to Stob na Broige, back again and then Stob na Doire and Stob Dearg before coming down Coire na Tulaich. The thing is, the Munro book and all the Walkhighlands reports I've read do it the other way.

Apart from the fact that people park in Glencoe, is there any reason why it should be that way round?

Any other thoughts and comments welcome. There's a 98% chance I'll take the FWA and be in the Kingshouse bar for opening time, but I'm thinking of putting it in the route just in case all the stars come together and it seems like a good idea at the time.

BTW, in case you wonder why that approach, I'm going Oban - Cadderlie - Dalness.

Vanessa

Re: Buchaille Etive Mor

If everyone walks one way that is a very good reason to do it differently!
Nothing against doing your route either way but it is good avalanche territory. :scream:

Re: Buchaille Etive Mor

Thanks for that encouragement, Roger! I have a good record of finding interesting things to do in the calm of the kitchen on a winter's evening and then taking one look at it in May with a full pack and going "no way!" so I am unlikely to precipitate avalanches. I've had an interesting suggestion by private email from a veteran vetter about walking up the south side, but we'll see. I'm never as fit or as brave as I like to think I will be and have a good sense of self preservation.

Vanessa

Re: Buchaille Etive Mor

Hi Vanessa,

even without snow the top of Coire na Tulaich is quite steep and needs carefull balance with a big pack. I remember bouncing downward after loosing my balance - with a tiny daypack! - and hurting my knee, after a wonderfull scramble up Curved Ridge.

Enjoy your trip !

Re: Buchaille Etive Mor

Thanks, Theo. Very useful information for someone with slightly dodgy balance. The route has gone in but your info will inform my decision-making on the day.

Vanessa