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Stob Coir' an Albannaich (January 2022) - Winter Munro Bagging

Fairly straightforward route, following the river for roughly 7km up the burn, past Robbers' Waterfall to the bealach between Stob Coir' an Albannaich and Glas Bheinn Mhor.

From there you head left in a north east direction towards the summit of the former. It's a steep slog initially, but it levels off after 15 mins onto the broad summit slope on this side of the munro. Nearing the top you will come to the edge of the craggier north face, which you can handrail to the summit. Watch out for cornices on this stretch. Even though there was little snow, there were still cornices lining the ridge, so keep back from the cliff edge - especially if the cloud is down. Visibility on the very top was poor, but I caught a few views north through the cloud. The better views this day were on the descent back to the bealach, looking onto Ben Starav and Glas Bheinn Mhor.

It had been a couple years since I was last in Glen Etive, climbing the three munros of Ben Starav, Ben nan Aighenan and Glas Bheinn Mhor in September 2019, and there is currently some pretty big earthworks underway at the start of the hike, with a new dirt road running 1km up the burn to lay water pipes. You can follow the path alongside the construction route, leaving the diggers and heavy plant behind after 25 mins or so.

A great route for bagging a winter munro. 

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