Ben Cruachan - Stob Diamh
by seamus0 » Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:34 pm
Route description: Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh
Munros included on this walk: Ben Cruachan, Stob Daimh
Date walked: 26/02/2011
Time taken: 9 hours
Distance: 12 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
you'll see good views of Loch Awe (hopefully) as you climb steadily up.
After 1/2 hour the track comes to a stile. Cross over, and the wooded section can be left behind. The track continues climbing, following the river.
We saw a makeshift bridge with some iron girders, presumably if you wanted to go up Meall Cuanail you would cross this?
It looked like it would take our weight, but this wasnt our route today, to we left it for another day and continued up the track.
After about 45 mins, we reached the reservoir.
Cross over the stream and head to its western end, where a ladder takes you up to the top.
From here follow the track around the western edge of the reservoir till it gets to its most northern point. this is also marked with a small windmill/solar panel.
From here a path climbs NW towards Bealach an Lochain, following a stream.
We started hitting the snow line around 800m just below the Bealach.
We reached teh Bealach after about 1.5 hrs. At this point the steep path up to Ben Cruachan is obvious, and quite stoney.
At around 920m, the path becomes less stoney and there a chance to 'play' a about on the stone bridge.
After this section, the route becomes more bouldery the further you go up.
Eventually we reached the top 2.5hrs after starting off.
At this point it was snowing and cold, so we quickly recharged with some sandwiches, and set off down the ridge. We got climpses of our intended route every now and then.
Just under the summit, we were faced with a tricky scrambly bit. What made it tricky was the ice and snow on the rocks, and we hadnt put our crampons on, so care was needed.
Along the ridge line we occassionally got views to the hills to the west.
Again, we could see the route occassionally, and how impressive the horseshoe was.
An important point to note after having descended the ridge from cruachan in bad visibility (like us), is to watch out for the cairn on the ridge. This cairn marks the point where the ridge continues down east, and not to follow the route north to Drochaid Ghlas. you would naturally want to follow the ridge up, but instead head down eastwards from this point (unless you want to head into another glen )
Again the cloud lifted, and we got views of the reservoir and our route. This final section becomes easier. follow the ridge round climbing Stob Diamh, and onto Stob Garbh. from Stob garbh you can easily descend down to the reservoir from a SW direction, and follow the route back to throught the wood to finish off. We managed to get back just as the sun was setting for a most enjoyable day and a well deserved pint!
by smirnie71 » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:56 pm
by rockhopper » Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:22 pm
by Bay Bloke » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:03 pm
by LeithySuburbs » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:14 pm
by yokehead » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:25 pm
by thomasp67 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:05 am
by seamus0 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:31 am
by thebaldfalcon » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:38 pm
by seamus0 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:48 pm
by tomyboy73 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:51 pm
thebaldfalcon wrote:was that stone bridge on one of your photos easy to find
think that stone bridge is just after the first munro top, Ben Cruachan - Meall Cuanail
Summit GR: NN 06981 29553
Summit Lat/Lon: 56.418674 -5.130919
see if this report helps you find it http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=670547
he looks like i felt in his picture, you think you can stand up for a good shot , but your legs turn to jelly