M201 | 958 m. | 3143 ft.
Translation: Small herdsman of Etive, black peak
Pronuncation: booachil etiv baik

On the fourth day of our Scotland 2012 session and after some really great hikes like Creise and The Mamores Cord took his day off so i had the chance to bag Buachaille Etive Beag which he already had bagged some years ago. And it should be the only bad weather day of the complete 2012 session.

Cord drove me to the parking place at the A82 and we negotiated that he should be here 3 hours later again (a little too optimistic). I walked the very good path to the start of the ascent where the modest climbing began. After 30 minutes i reached the bealach which lay just below the clouds and i had some very interesting views of the Bidean ridges which were already covered in clouds. So i headed of to the first Munro of the day Stob Coire Raineach which i reached in no time and with no views which was a pity since it is such a good view point for Glen Coe. I took the mandatory summit picture and returned to the bealach to start the ascent to the next Munro Stob Dubh. This should be a more interesting and longer walking but you sense it: no views at all. At the ascent i met the only group of walkers – they walked with crampons! – of the day. After a little mountain gossip we all headed our way. Since it was cold, wet and windy i just touched the cairn and returned.

From the bealach it was an easy descent and since i was slightly overdue i sped up the last mile and reached the parking place where Cord was waiting – reading a newspaper in the car. All in all it was a good day and i bagged my last – real – Glen Coe Munros.

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Total distance: 9128 m
Max elevation: 960 m
Min elevation: 237 m
Total climbing: 1058 m
Total descent: -1053 m
Total time: 03:24:39

Description The Buachaille Etive Beag is in size and character the small brother of the Buachaille Etive Mor, and the two mountains have many similarities, especially when seen from the lower reaches of Glen Etive, from where Stob Dubh and Stob na Broige are like twins. However, it lacks the grandeur and the great crags of its big brother. The highest summit of the Buachaille Etive Beag, Stob Dubh, is at the south-west end of the mountain's ridge and the second summit, Stob Coire Raineach, is near the north-east end. The col between them is at a height of about 750m. The ascent of the two peaks may easily be made from the A82 road about 3 kilometre south-west of Altnafeadh at the start of the right of way through the Lairig Gartain to Glen Etive. Go south-west along the path for about 2 kilometres and then climb westwards up grassy slopes to the col between Stob Dubh and Stob Coire Raineach. From this col the two peaks are easily climbed in turn along the main ridge of the mountain. It is also easy to reach the col from the north, leaving the A82 road 2 kilometres further west at the start of the right of way through the Lairig Eilde. Go along the path for 1,5 kilometre and then climb south-east up the grassy hillside to the col.