Yesterday I drove to Spean Bridge in Lochaber and climbed the 1116m summit of Stob Coire an Laoigh, in the Grey Corries (photographs here). The route I took started from Corriechoille to the north and walked up the north ridge of Stob Coire an Laoigh via an old tramway path and a dam in the narrow gorge of Coire Choimhlidh. The weather was warm and sunny, as the whole of April has been this year, meaning that the terrain was dry and mostly free of snow patches, right up to the summit.
This mountain is very close to Aonach Mor and Ben Nevis and there were spectacular views of the eastern cliffs and corries of both of these mountains. Views of the ridge between Stob Coire an Laoigh and Stob Choire Claurigh were great also, particularly of the quartzite cliffs underneath the summit of Caisteil.
I climbed Stob Choire Claurigh exactly five years ago in April 2002, and took this photo near the summit. Conditions were a lot more wintery back then.
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