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Beinn Dearg and Cona Mheall

PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2021 2:05 pm
by Hills4dogs
Hi not sure if this is the correct forum to post this on but ....
As the dog and I am getting older each day, I was thinking of splitting the Beinn Dearg 4 into two lots of two. I was wondering if anyone had gone up Cona Mheall through Coire Lair and up Creagan na Still to Loch Prille? If so what is this route like, can't seem to find any walk reports that have this route..
Thanks

Re: Beinn Dearg and Cona Mheall

PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2021 3:16 pm
by jmarkb
Although this approach is a bit shorter than from Inverlael, I suspect it doesn't save you much effort - the SMC Northern Highlands guidebook describes the going past Loch Coire Lair as "notoriously rough and boggy"!

It is probably better to do the S ridge of Cona' Mheall (some easy scrambling, so maybe not dog-appropriate), or go up through Coire Granda - a recommended approach is to follow the Allt a' Gharbhrain upstream from Loch a' Gharbhrain (still possibly a difficult crossing after heavy rain) and head into Coire Granda via Loch nan Eilean.

Re: Beinn Dearg and Cona Mheall

PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2021 9:41 pm
by Silverhill
Hi Hills4dogs,
I climbed Cona’ Mheall from Loch Prille (but had done Am Faochagach first) and found the last stretch to the summit of Cona’ Mheall unpleasantly steep. There was very little in the way of handholds as the rocks were all at the wrong angles. See route here: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=81632. It of course depends on how comfortable you and your dog are on steep ground.

Re: Beinn Dearg and Cona Mheall

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2021 2:19 pm
by Hills4dogs
Thanks both for the comments