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Stob Ban, Map 392; 27th May 2010

Route: 825m = 2700' ascent; 11 miles; 6 hrs.


Access: From west edge of Spean Bridge Hotel, take C road east along south bank of R. Spean to 0.4 miles after Cour Bridge, then right (south) through Coire Choille Farm to parking just more than 1 mile after the farm.
Route: Stob Ban next to the Grey Corries does not seem to fit easily into a day's walk with any other hill except the two Corbetts Cruach Innse and Sgurr Innse or the two Munros Stob Coire Easain and Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin. Hovwever, here it is on its own. The track along Lairig Leachach seems too steep & rough to be worth the effort of cycling, but that's just my opinion.
N.B. Allt Chuil Choirean (& Allt na Lairige) can be in spate and impossible to cross. Over half the water in the Allt Chuil Choirean at Lairig Leachach Bothy has to be crossed higher up at NN273732 where it descends into the valley from the Grey Corries. This too can be dangerous. It rises very quickly after heavy rain. Depending on the state of the newish footbridge just upstream from the bothy, you may need to choose the east ridge or the corrie route in both directions.
Weather: 6°C at car. Overcast all day, dry till 8am, light rain/snow till 10:30, light breeze, long sunny periods in pm.
Mobile: Orange reception at car parks and sometimes on Stob Ban.

0650 Park at 2nd car park by forest edge
(or lower down the hill if necessary.)
195   00.0 milesNN25607883
0710 Track S to gate at S edge of forest. 3501551.0 milesNN26167765
0720 Track SSE to bridge over river. 3601651.4 milesNN26677725
0800 Track S to Lairig Leachach watershed,
(where track crosses valley)
5053102.9 milesNN27847535
0820 Track S to Lairig Leachach Bothy 4613154.0 milesNN28257366
0850 Ascend path on N bank of Allt Chuil Choirean
to its bend & cross all three streams here.
5854354.65 milesNN27277322
0945 WSW/S/WSW to Bealach. (An excellent path
zig-zags SW up 200m to the left of the base
of the corrie head wall, left of the main burn.)
8356855.33 milesNN26547259
1000
-1015
SSE up obvious path over loose quartz scree
to M Stob Ban
9777855.5 milesNN26667236
1115 E/NE down ridge to Lairig Leachach Bothy.
(River can be crossed using new
footbridge just upstream from ford.)
461  6.9 milesNN28257366
1135 Track N to Lairig Leachach watershed. 5058458.1 milesNN27847535
1210 Track NNW to bridge over river 360 9.5 milesNN26677725
1220 Track NNW to gate at forest entrance. 350 9.9 milesNN26167765
1240 Track N through forest back to parking. 195 10.9 milesNN25607883


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