I took advantage of yet another day of fine autumnal weather yesterday to climb Stob Coir’ an Albannaich and Stob Dubh in Glen Etive. As I set off up the steep slopes above Coileitir, the mist lingered in the shadows at the bottom of the glen:
It’s quite a slog up broad slopes to Stob Coir’ an Albannaich by this approach, but on reaching the higher ground, you are rewarded with outstanding views to the North East. The trench of Glen Etive is flanked on the left by the ridge of Buachaille Etive Mor:
The standard onward route from here continues to a second Munro – Meall nan Eun – but my route to Stob Dubh involved a long descending traverse across the glacier-carved granite ‘pavement’ visible at the bottom right of the previous photo. A further steep pull brought me to the summit ridge with fine views across Glen Etive to the Bidean nam Bian massif:
As I reached the summit, some patches of cloud blew across and I was confronted, yet again, by a Brocken Spectre:
It’s really not that common to see these, yet that is the fifth time this year (and the third time in succession) that I have encountered them – none of these occasions have been with a client, though!
The descent from Stob Dubh is down the unrelentingly steep South West ridge – a real knee-cruncher to finish the day. Fortunately, there was ample compensation in having the sun setting directly ahead:
After this benign spell of weather it looks like winter might be on its way now.