From the Cairn Ban Archives... 

Grey Corries Traverse

Doug Collinson, 24 March 2007

Getting up the day after a 3am start and 10-hour day on the Ben was never going to be easy and when the alarm sounded at 7 o'clock my suspicions were confirmed. I was gubbed!

Alex had arrived the night before and given the great forecast and after browsing through my snaps of Tower Ridge from the previous day he was full of enthusiasm for the day ahead. Mine unfortunately was still lying snoozing in bed.

We decided do a traverse of the 4 Grey Corries from Glen Nevis. It's a long walk in and if I remember right it was about 3 hours before we got on to the ridge where we could see the rest of the day ahead.

The visibility improved throughout the day and it proved to be another real classic ridge day with clear views as far as Knoydart, Cruachan and over to the Gorms in the east.

We watched snowboarders and skiers in the back corries of Stob Coire an Laoigh where they carved through unbroken snow. It looked absolutely great until we watched one them carrying his gear back up through loose avalanche debris!

We finished up on Stob Ban which is more like a coal bing in comparison to the rest of the ridge and we sat and finished the rest of our grub satisfied with a good day out.

Form here it's a long 8 mile walk back down through Glen Nevis with a river crossing in Coire Rath before you reach the car park. With the river swollen with snow melt it was a icy wade with socks and shoes off to the other side. Certainly refreshing if not painful!

The path through the Glen, though it looks substantial on the maps, is no more than a mud track that constantly disappears and re-appears until you near Steall Hut, by this time all emergency rations of Haribos and Lucozade had been scoffed!

Great Day!

Doug