Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor) - 1022m
Wednesday 15th October 2015

Weather/Conditions: Overcast, windy
Distance/Ascent/Time: 6.6km / 790m / 2h 15m
Accompanying: Alone

A low-key day on the Buachaille. I drove up in the early hours of the morning, and slept in the car shortly down the Glen Etive road. At first light, I saw the Buachaille out the window with cloud breaking up against the buttresses. It was magnificent, and defiant. I think I'd hoped for a view from the hill, or decent weather of some sort. But it never entirely came throughout the morning. I was up in 1 hour 20 minutes, to a misted summit cairn, then headed back down Coire na Tulaich, the way I'd come. It's amazing that even at this point, I felt an aversion to going on to the east face in case I wouldn't be able to get up one of the routes. It is amazing that as late as this, 2014, I had an aversion to scrambling or big drops, lest it get in the way of my desired summit! How things change. Maybe I was just not in the mood for it at the time.

When I was back at the car, I headed to Glen Orchy, a lovely and odd experience. It was a road I hadn't driven before, nor been down in a long time whatsoever. So it was strange to be somewhere that felt so alien, different and new, meanwhile being right beside the A82, a place I know so well. The sun broke out and the hillsides turned golden colours; perhaps a highlight to the day, and certainly memorable. Emerging out the south-western end of the glen, I drove to Tyndrum where I met mum and dad, who had just been away on a weekend to Corrour.

Writing 2017 - I'm starting to wonder if I really did ever write up the autumn of 2014 in full.

Times (Time relative to 0.00)
(0.00) 11.25pm Alltnafeadh
(0.40) 12.05pm Stob Dearg
(1.15) 12.40pm Stob Dearg (left)
(1.35) 1.00pm Alltnafeadh

Written: 2017-10-30