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Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag)


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
958 m (3143 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
201 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Black peak (Small shepherd of [Glen] Etive)

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  41   Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Buachaille Etive Beag is one of the Glen Coe classics and its two peaks Stob Dubh and Stob Coire Raineach are generally climbed together as they are linked by a high ridge.

Buachaille Etive Beag is elongated SW to NE with Stob Dubh at the SW end, furthest from the access road. Paths through the Lairig Gartain to the E and Lairig Eilde to the W are equally useful as both give easy ascents to the col just SW of Stob Coire Raineach's summit cone.

Hazards you may encounter on Stob Dubh include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Stob Dubh
by Metcheck
Stob Dubh Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Stob Dubh.

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 Routes that include Stob Dubh
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1105 m 10.57 km 4.5 hrs Stob Dubh and Stob Coire Raineach  Moderate climb on steep stony slopes.  
2 1149 m 10.35 km 4.5 hrs Stob Dubh and Stob Coire Raineach  A straight forward ascent from the S. A short walk through a forest then one stream to be crossed followed by a fairly steep ascent. Return through Lairig Gartain is muddy most times of the year Route proposed by Steve Macluskie. Not Yet Rated 

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Stob Dubh

 Baggers Gallery for Stob Dubh

Kareen & I on Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag), her 10th Munro!

© Janet Weir

Image by Janet Weir

Me at the top of Stob Dubh

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan

Me and Nick on top of Buachaille Etive Beag, fantastic day

© Steve Marlow

Image by Steve Marlow

me and the lads at the summit of my 140th munro summt

© John Frew

Image by John Frew
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Recently Climbed By
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 Shared Members Track Logs
Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh
by Michael Hill
Stob Dubh and Stob Coire Raineach
by Doug Tulloch
Stob Coire Raineach, Stob Dubh and Stob na Broige
by Alasdair Cairns
Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh
by Philip McLoone
Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh
by Douglas Mason
Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh
by Geert Gritter
Stob Dubh and Stob Coire Raineach
by William McGilvray
Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh
by Stevie Yates
Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh
by David Chapman
Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh
by Brendan Waters

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Graham Ramsay
wrote on
January 27, 2010
I climbed this one from the Lairig Eilde side on a perfectly still winter's day. Barely a breath of wind and few clouds - brilliant conditions. The path takes you up to the ridge pretty swiftly. Its a straightforward climb but a fantastic experience once you're up. If you're going up in snow then be careful of the cornice which forms on the ridge towards Stob Dubh - it is a potential hazard.
Michael Hill
wrote on
August 14, 2009
Climbed Buchaille Etive Beag on 9 Aug 09 from the Larig Eilde path to the NW of the mountain. I've made my GPS tracklog public above which shows my route clearly. This is a good route, I suspect it's easier than the Lairig Gartain approach suggested by Munro Magic as the ascent to the ridge is less steep. There's a good path all the way up and it's a pretty easy day. I had great weather affording utterly spectacular views over the mountains of Glen Coe, the Mamores, the Grey Corries and Ben Nevis.
Ian Anderson
wrote on
May 24, 2009
Clear and warm May morning. Walked from car park near waterfall on A82 and walked along Lairig Eilde. Missed the path onto Mam Buidhe and ended up scrambling up onto Stob Dubh just before Coire Dubh. Hard work but good fun. Once on Stob Dubh, headed back along ridge to Stob Coire Raineach. This was a pleasant walk with fantastic views. Some easy scrambling required onto summit. Then left Stob Coire Raineach summit and found the path we were meant to take on the way up. This steep path led us back to the car park, joining Lairig Eilde just before the water crossing. Fantastic day out!
Pete Swales
wrote on
May 11, 2009
On a glorious Monday morning, I parked up at the view point, more or less followed the path half way up, the chose to go vertical to the bealach, but went round to the base of Raineach, where i met Izzy. Very knowledgable lass (Thanks Izzy), made it to the top, scrambling and slight exposure, then onto Stob Dubh. Fantastic views all round, Nevis and could even see Skye's Cuillens. 5/5
Leon Mooney
wrote on
August 10, 2008
Climbed on 8/8/08. After descending Stob Coire Raineach and climbing the lower peak, the ridge walk to the summit of Stob Dubh was excellent, as were the views of Buachaille Etive Mor, Ben Nevis and Bidean nam Bian. Could even see Schiehallion and Ben More through the haze. A fine day out.

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