Monday, 18 January 2010

Stob Ghabhar

After an intersting drive up ( lots of black ice ) we arrived at Victoria Bridge at half nine. The plan was to go round the back of Stob Ghabhar and go up a relatively easy route called Central Couloir.   There was three of us, with the vague plan to climb as a threesome.

We passed Forest Lodge and took the path up the west side of Allt Toaig.

It was a steady climb up until we reached the saddle between Stop a Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar.

We then dropped down into the coire and traversed to the bottom of the route.  The snow by this time was knee deep and made for laborious progress.  The route starts up the boomerang shaped gully in the picture below.

This meant a small climb to the bottom of the route.

By this time it was apparent that it was too late to climb as a threesome, so I headed up a ramp to the left, with Chris and Mark heading up the gully. 

The weather on the top was pretty dreich and not for hanging around in.  So I headed off back to the van and waited on the other pair, who arrived some time later.  We did manage a beer in the Bridge of Orchy hotel though.

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