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Wet and cloudy on the Loch Treig 5

PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2021 8:17 pm
by senca

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I had only Sunday available for a walk so it was just the case of checking the weather and deciding where to go. Shuffling between a few options I decided the Fisherfield and packed my bike in the car. The forecast obviously changed and just before going out my plans changed too. Loch Treig then. The 2 hills south of Loch Ossian was my first walk this year, my plan back then was to include Beinn na Lap as well, but I never managed and so it was still a hill to do in the middle of nowhere. So I eventually made a route including that hill in a Loch Treig circuit and decided to do it counter clockwise. Long walk with two big de- and reascends, but at least it would tick the rest of the munros in that area off.
When I arrived at the car park and reversing camera turned on I saw all the midgies waiting there for fresh blood, but I managed to trick them by putting smidge on, getting the gear and leaving the place as soon as possible.
I set off at 4.20am and first part of the walk is on a land rover track, then I turned uphill and picked up the path towards Meall Cian Dearg, which is fine, but eroded in one place in a steep part.
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A view on the last hill of the day

It's a very nice wide ridge walk after that, which would be surely even nicer if I didn't find myself in a thick cloud. I reached the top of Stob a Coire Mheadhoin at 6.40. The view, I suspect, would've been amazing.
Then, after a short descend and putting my jacket on, because the rain started, and half an hour, I found the cairn marking the top of Stob Coire Easain. I enjoyed the best Scottish view.
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Stob Coire Easain

There's a long, pathless descend after into Lairig Leacach. It wasn't easy in a clag, on wet and slippery rocks and wet and steamy glasses didn't help.
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Lairig Leacach

But eventually I picked up a path on a bottom, crossed Allt na Lairige, passed a surprising gorge, noticed there's actually a foot bridge further down and found a big track, which I followed up to the foot of Beinn na Lap.
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Gorge
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Loch Treig

It's just over 3km to the top from the track, but I was already quite tired, the grass was wet all the way, my boots gained another hole and even my sealskinz waterproof socks gave up. I finally got to the top, with no views obviously, after 4,5 hours from leaving Easain. But the worst was still to come.
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An unusual loch on top of Beinn na Lap

During the descend on the NE slope I could see what seemed to be a green, vertical wall of Chno Dearg, my next target. At that point I would probably bail out if there was a path back to Fersit car park, but there's only a train line, so I crossed Allt Feith Thuill and continued my journey uphill.
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Allt Feith Thuill

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Beinn na Lap

That was some struggle as I pulled myself up the wet, steep slope, making stops after every 5 steps, but eventually it got better after reaching Sron Ruadh and got to the top of Chno (Chro) Dearg 3 hours after leaving Beinn na Lap.
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On the way to Chno Dearg

After a brief celebration of bagging my 200th munro I walked down on an easy slope and up into the cloud again where Stob Coire Sgriodain was supposed to be.
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Between Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain

There's a false summit first, where I got lost for a moment, but then straight to the top, touch the cairn and down to Allt Chaorach Beag. I picked up the path along the burn, but then it divides a few times and I lost it completely until the flat area down the bottom, where I found it again and to the road, through a farm and back to the car park.
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A view to the north

All in all a very good walk, which I would definitely enjoy more having some views around and maybe a bit stronger wind, as I couldn't sit anywhere longer than 2 minutes not attracting nearby midgies.