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Grey Corries and Munros above Loch Treig

20-22 October 2018
Three days of guided hiking up the Munros in the Grey Corries and above Loch Treig. Olly Stephenson was leading, with Johnny Walker joining him on the first two day. Here's Olly's tale....

I'm just back from three days with a lovely group walking the eight Munros of the Grey Corries. I love how Steven's trips always bring together such an interesting bunch of people from all walks of life, I feel like I could chat to them for a lot longer than the allotted three days of the trip.

We'd been checking out the forecasts on the days leading up to the weekend, luckily the weather on each of the days was less dire than predicted We did have quite a lot of misty and windy weather, but it was never quite as wet or cold as we'd been led to believe, proving yet again that it's almost always worth heading out regardless of the forecast. Especially for the moments where the skies parted and we were treated to spectacular views in very clear air !

Day 1

Our first day was our longest over the weekend where were aiming over all four Munros of the Grey Corries. Johnny Walker was joining me for the day (and tomorrow) and having two guides on a route like today is always a bonus - it means we can split the group if needed. And we did - Johnny led some members of our group downhill after Munro number 3, Stob Coire an Laoigh, while I continued on up Sgurr Choinnich Mor with some others. Needless to say this involved a head-torch finish !

Day 2

The plan for day two was to hike up the two Munros west of Loch Treig, Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain, taking in a couple of smaller peaks on the way, Cruach Innse and Sgurr Innse. However, the weather forecast wasn't great, so we changed plans and instead of starting from Corriechoille as we did yesterday, we began our day from Fersit. This hopefully meant we'd be sheltered from the south-westerlies longer, but we'd have to miss out Cruach Innse and Sgurr Innse, but still getting the Munros bagged. Overall we had mostly clear weather over the Easains, with some fine views and we were back at the cars for about 4pm - ie no torches needed !

Day 3

With our final day being a Monday, I had a smaller group (and no Johnny). Our goal today was to summit the two Munros east of Loch Trieg - Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain. A fair amount of buffeting tested the mettle of the group to be rewarded with great views in all directions. Being a shorter day than yesterday, we were back to the cars for about 2pm.

Thanks to everyone that came along, I really enjoyed walking and chatting with you all and hope to see you in the hills again soon.

More photos by Olly, Johnny and Chris Aspden are here on Flickr.

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