The weekend was almost upon us yet again and ideas I was juggling ideas around to where we would go walking. I fancied a night out in the tent with a low level backpacking route in mind. After talking to my friend, it was decided that a day out on Sunday would be good.

The forecast for the west was looking good after looking at the M.W.I.S. and MET office site and Stob Ban on the Grey Corries was to be our objective for the day.

An early start was agreed and I drove to Dufftown early on Sunday morning to meet Stuart and Austin. We left at 6.25 and arrived at our destination near Spean Bridge just after 8.30am.

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Getting ready at the start of our walk.

8.45am and we were taking our first steps up the glen of the Lairig Leachach pass to our hill.

Not far from the car is the ‘Wee Minister’ Orignally in the early 1900’s there was a stone statue, but for some reason it was destroyed in the 1970’s, but locals replaced it in 2010 and its said that it bears good luck to all walkers and climbers who pass.

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Austin setting the pace with Stob Ban coming into view and the small Lairig Leachach Bothy.

Eventually after a fine walk along the Glen, Stob Ban was visible and it was good to see the summit cloud free!

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crossing the river near the Bothy was easy- I thought after the recent rain that could be a problem, but not today!

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After crossing the river, the hard work was about to start with a vauge steep boggy climb, but once higher up the path became firmer and more defined.

We arrived to a cloud free summit and had reasonable views.

Soon we arrived at the 977 summit of Stob Ban- A new Munro for Stuart and Austin. I was previously here on April 2000, when I walked all the Munros of the Grey Corries on one days outing.

We simply returned to the car by retracing our route by the way we came. The walk took us just under six hours.

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The start of the short but steep descent from the summit.

 

 

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