Day 6

Day 6 Grey Corries to Corrour Lodge

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Tuesday 16th May

Day 5

29km

790m ascent

Munros 3

Snow Bunting

Grey Corries
The morning was no improvement on yesterday, low cloud and rain, although I did get a good nights sleep despite the lumpy ground and wet atmosphere ( the exercise must help!). Packed up wet again and pushed on without breakfast, I couldn't face trying to make porridge and a brew in the cramped wet porch, see yesterdays diary note! A slightly bedraggled snow bunting was sitting on a rock singing as I set off, I am not sure why? Perhaps it was glad to see the back of me, but it did give me a very melodious start to what turned out to be an excellent, though rather damp, day!

Grey Corries
Navigation was not really a problem despite the terrible visibility except when I was descending Stob Choire Claurigh, the last peak of the ridge, where I nearly made a mistake and walked straight down the east face instead of turning right for Stob Ban. The rain stopped as I was descending to Coire Rath and the clouds began breaking up so that after scrabbling up the very steep gravel to the top of Stob Ban I was starting to get glimpses of where I had been.

Grey Corries

An easy ridge down to the Lairig Leacach bothy and I was cooking up a late breakfast and drying out some of my gear in the sunshine! The walk down the Lairig Leacach to Loch Treig was very pleasant in the afternoon sun, the first part being a bit boggy but the lower section was especially beautiful despite the thickening cloud.

Lairig Leachach

Stob Ban from Lairig Leachach Bothy

After stopping for a brief chat with Richard and Shally Hunt who had stopped for a brew on the shore of Loch Treig I walked round the track and up towards Loch Ossian in steadily increasing rain.

Loch Treig

Allt a Chambhreac and Loch Treig

Crossing under the railway line I started to hear engines and closer to Loch Ossian a number of diggers and dumpers came into view with a sign beside the motorway they were constructing 'Loch Treig Access Upgrade Works' this is certainly a major upgrade as it was only a footpath before, it makes me wonder why it's needed?

Motorway Sign

Approaching Loch Ossian on the old path from Loch Treig
The track beside Loch Ossian was as pleasant as could be expected in the now pouring rain and as there was no wind to blow it away I thought it was on for the night but after passing the amazing £20m building that is now Corrour Shooting Lodge set in the trees at the head of the loch the rain eased and by the time I reached a cluster of Challengers tents I was able to pitch, cook and eat outside in the dry! I had planned to stop about a mile further on but seeing the other tents, the rain stopping, the time (7.30) and the deep heather visible ahead encouraged me to call it a day.

Loch Ossian

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