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Stob Ban, Grey Corries
Stob Ban, Grey Corries from the Lairig Leacach above Corriechoille
From Spean Bridge, take the minor road, signposted Station and Corriechoille which starts just to the S of the Spean Bridge Hotel. Follow the road until Corriechoille Lodge is signposted uphill on a gravel track. Go past the lodge and continue up the very rough gravel track for nearly 2 miles to a parking spot just before a locked gate. The gravel track is private but has been used by walkers for years without restriction. There is one unlocked gate to pass through on the track and a signpost for walkers is also passed where walkers park if they are aiming for the Grey Corries.
17 km About 7 hours
Stob Ban, 977 m, NN 266 724. OS Sheet 41.
This fine peak sits above the Lairig Leacach bothy. The views from the summit are excellent, especially to the eastern end of the Grey Corries range and to the Easains. On a clear day, one can see to Creag Meagaidh, Sgurr Eilde Mor and Buachaille Etive Mor.
(1) Continue up the track past the forest then over the bridge across the Allt Leachdach. Continue over the pass and descend slightly to reach the Lairig Leacach bothy. Take the path up the corrie from the bothy. This can be very boggy especially lower down. Several streams are crossed so gaiters are advisable in a wet spell. Higher up, the path goes left below some quartzite slabs then zig-zags up a gentle ridge by a stream in a gorge (on the right). Continue to reach the bealach between Stob Ban and Stob Coire Claurigh. Turn left, S, and ascend the quartzite slopes of scree and rocks. There is a choice of paths. Soon reach the medium cairn which marks the summit of Stob Ban, 977 m.
(2) Descend E on a clear path to reach a level section after which the ridge goes more NE. A path traverses a minor top but it is worth staying on the crest to enjoy better views. Continue down to reach a track just before the footbridge over the Allta' Chuil Choirean. Cross the bridge to reach the bothy then walk back through the Lairig Leacach to the start.
(a) This walk took place on 8th October, 2013.
(b) Stob Ban has previously been climbed as part of a route, from the same start, over the whole of the Grey Corries range on 23rd July, 1994. This route means a re-ascent of Stob Coire Claurigh.
(c) Stob Ban has also been climbed from Glen Nevis as part of a route which included the Choinnichs and the main ridge of the Grey Corries and descended back to Glen Nevis via Meall a' Bhuiridh on 30th August, 1998.