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Stob Ghabhar. The Aonach Eagach is the long ridge on the left.
Stob Ghabhar Map Photos
The ascent of Stob Ghabhar gives a nice circuit above a surprisingly spectacular corrie. Extra interest is provided by the ascent of the narrow Aonach Eagach ridge. This is not to be confused with the classic ridge in Glencoe but provides a short and interesting scramble nonetheless.
Area: Central Highlands
Grade: Ungraded   what does that mean?
Total Distance: 16 km
Total Ascent: 1100 m
Time: 7 hours
Maps:
  • Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 Sheet 50
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer 377 1:25,000
  • Harvey Superwalker Glen Coe Map 1:25,000 (just)
  • Avalanche hazard: Relatively safe.
    Avalanche Forecast area: Glencoe is the nearest   more
    Alternatives: If you have two cars, you can leave one at the White Corries ski centre before setting out from Victoria Bridge. This would enable you to make a superb (and long) traverse from Stob Ghabar, over Clach Leathad and on to Meall a Bhuiridh.
    Start 

    Leave the A82 at Bridge of Orchy and take the single lane road that heads west out of the village across the River Orchy. Follow the road for about 3 miles and park just before the road crosses river (Abhainn Shira) at Victoria Bridge. The road ends at the bridge.

    Grid Reference NN270418.

    Approach 

    Cross Victoria Bridge to reach some buildings, turn left and walk along a wide track, signposted for Glen Etive, on the north bank of the Abhainn Shira. When you reach a green hut (about 1.5 km), turn right and follow the path on the left (E) bank of the Allt Toaig up the glen until you reach the lowest point of the ridge running between Stob Ghabhar and Stob a Choire Odhair.

    Stob Ghabhar (1090 m) 

    Turn left and follow the ridge first west, then southwest to reach steeper slopes. Climb the steep ground, heading up the fall line (SSW), avoiding small rockbands as necessary to reach the the Aonach Eagach ridge. Follow the ridge right (W), negotiating a narrow section and climb the final steep slope to the summit of Stob Ghabhar.

    Escape Route!
    From the summit, retrace the ascent route for around 500m (distance) and locate the ridge heading south over Stob Maol. If you get back to the narrow section, you've gone too far!

    Descent 

    Follow the corrie rim as it arcs northwest, then north then eastwards. Navigation round the rim can be difficult in bad conditions and you should NOT follow the fence posts which continue to the north. All being well, you will reach the well defined ridge of Sron nan Giubhas after about 2 km.

    Descend Sron nan Giubhas until you reach a small break in the crags on your right (S) at around 650 m altitude, which enables you to make a slanting descent rightwards down to the stream - Allt Coirein Dhearbhadh

    Return 

    After crossing the stream, a little reascent brings you to back the col at the head of Coire Toaig. Head southeast and pick up the path back to Victoria Bridge.

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