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Pretty and inexperienced is a combination of qualities to be exploited, I feel.
Lemmings don't need to be dragged, they tend to rush headlong. However, lemons are a different proposition altogether.
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A friend of mine and OM-er fell off Buchaille Etive Beag in winter and was a very experienced hill walker, it was covered in snow and ice though. I go to Glencoe every year and one of my favourite walks was Stob Ban (you take in two Munro's on this walk but I don't have my Scotland books at home to give you the right name).
There's also a great horseshoe walk argh, someone help me! Again it's a two Munro day out which is nearer to Glen Coe I think. It's a great walk, there's a very narrow ledge on one of the hills but it doesn't go on for very long. I need to get my books back from my pal clearly as there is one you should avoid for sure for the pure boredom factor.
I'll report back unless anyone else can help on what I mean to say!
The Pap is a good half a day walk and the hidden valley is a good warm up. If you get a rubbish day and need some half day walks I'd recommend these two.
Sgor na h-ulaidh is a good walk but the best bit is the views of the larger Glencoe hills around it. Stunning views if the weather is kind.It can be combined with Beinn Fionnlaidh or just do it on its own for a shorter day.
> A friend of mine and OM-er fell off Buchaille Etive Beag in winter
I've been up there when the summit ridge was a sheet of ice; good practice for the novice crampon users, or in alternative methods (foot locking using exposed stones, etc). Other than that, it's pretty straightforward; no difficulties in navigation.
We apporached from the car park at Dalness, up the ridge to Stob Dubh, and then along the summit ridge to the col, when we decided it was getting a bit late, so dropped down into the Lairig Eilde, and had an easy walk back to the car.
Sgurr nam Fiannaidh is also a nice route, but a bit steeper/rougher going. I froze my nuts off up there once... Oh yes; don't be tempted to take novices down via the Clachaig Gully...
Of there's the Devil's Staircase from the A82; bit 'up and back again', but the little peaks (Stob Mhic Mhartuin) have provide useful winter experiences in the past.
Or head to Kinlochleven and have a play in the Mamores, starting at the Mamore Lodge car park. If you can get away from the dog's insistence on playing 'fetch' with stones...
You don't have to go for the headwall approaches to the peaks...
Consider the North Glen Coe ridge from the WHW to Meall Dearg - quiet and great views:
East end N Glen Coe ridge
Also Aonach Dubh is well worth visiting, even if the summit of Bidean proves too tasty
It’s not all hill walking and Kendal mint cake
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