Our blog - Grey Corries, 7-9 Oct'17

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Grey Corries and neighbours

7-9 October 2017
Three days hiking up theMunros in the Grey Corries and around Loch Treig. Emma O'Shea was leading....

Day 1

A slight change of days due to a better weather forecast for Sunday led to us starting at Fersit at the northern end of Loch Treig with the Easains. It's a fairly long, and very pleasant out and back route to the 2 Munros which starts with a walk through the birch trees along the edge of the loch.

The climb is steep in places, interspersed with flatter sections of sweeping mountain ridge. The wind was brisk and chilly, and we were happy to not be walking straight into it, there were a few heavy showers, but overall we felt lucky to get some good views as the Grey Corries to the west were completely shrouded in cloud all day. Our highlight of the day though was witnessing 2 golden eagles fly directly over our heads, and only a few metres above us. They caught us completely by surprise and it was an incredible spectacle.

Day 2

Richard joined us today for our 4 Munro Grey Corrie traverse, we met at 7.30am as he had a plane to catch at the end of the day and we didn't want him to miss it! It was a fine, clear morning and we set off at a brisk pace towards the Lairig Leachach bothy at the foot of Stob Ban.

There were good views of the Innses and Easains, and the sound of deer roaring in the rut. Unfortunately as we headed up Stob Ban the mist descended and shrouded most of the mountains from view, the mist stayed around the summits all day, giving only brief glimpses into the glens below. After Stob Ban we pushed on up to Stob Coire Claurigh which we reached shortly after midday.

Lunch followed and we did get some views along the best part of the ridge near Caisteal, though we weren't lucky enough to see the Grey Corries in all their splendour from Stob Coire Laoigh. The trickiest part of the day was the out and back section of the ridge to Sgurr Coinneach Mor as the quartzite was very slippy in the damp conditions and it required some careful footwork. Richard left us on the return to Stob Coire Easain to ensure that he could make his plane and the rest of us took a more slightly leisurely pace back down the ridge and through the forest to the vehicles.

Day 3

An improving forecast for the day made for an optimistic start to day 3, however as we left Fersit and climbed up the boggy hillside towards Stob Coire Sgroidain the mist descended obscuring everything from view. Feeling a little demoralised in the bog we had an early elevenses before pressing on up the short scramble onto the ridge.

The forecast did as it said it would and we felt very lucky to be able to see the incredibly impressive view of Loch Treig from the ridge with Glencoe and the Mamores beyond. We savoured the moment, taking lots of photographs and then enjoying an early lunch in the sunshine, yes sunshine!

It wasn't long before everything was obscured by mist again though and the compass was out for some navigation across to Chno Dearg. We got some views from here along the length of Loch Laggan before the long, boggy descent back to Fersit and the end of a very enjoyable 3 days in the mountains.

More photos by some of the group are here on Flickr.

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