Two Munros from Fersit - Monty's Power of Persuasion
by Stretch » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:09 pm
Route description: Stob Coire Easain and Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin
Munros included on this walk: Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin, Stob Coire Easain
Date walked: 11/06/2011
Time taken: 5.4 hours
Distance: 15.5 km
Ascent: 1233mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
This morning I woke up and immediately sent Gammy a msg on WH saying I was going up the A9 to Fersit to do Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain. Something inside me was saying this was a wise choice. Not sure what that was exactly. But I was up and out of the door at 5am and I started my walk by 7:35. It's a heck of a trudge up to Meall Cian Dearg, loads of bog, mud, and pure muck. But the weather was really nice and there was a gentle breeze to keep the bugs away. The steep prow of Meall Cian Dearg looked daunting but it posed no real problems - consider the fact that I just completed the Aonach Eagach ridge last Saturday Once at the top it was an easy walk all the way to the summit of Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin. Sadly the cloud was covering the top, but that didn't spoil the fun for a family of munro-bagging sheep! I thought I was going to be the first to the summit today, but they beat me to it.
I barely paused to take a few pics at the top and then continued on down below the cloud toward the bealach. Stob Coire Easain had been in cloud for a bit, but it began to clear off as I approached and by the time I crossed the bealach it was cloud free. Again, some voice inside my head kept saying, "Stretch, you'll have reasonable weather . . . ". Hmm, it seemed I was set for some views at the top, so I plodded on. This peak towers over you as you approach, but it's straightforward and doesn't take long to get to the summit cairn. At the top I was rewarded for the earlier slog with views across to Schiehallion, Glencoe, the Mamores, and across to the Grey Corries. Fantastic! Great vantage point to view these hills. "Stretch, do the two from Fersit . . ." Ach, get out of my head Monty.
I sat down and soaked it all in, maybe too much seeing the slight sunburn I got. I met a few others as I left the top, but I had both summits to myself, the reward of a 4:30 alarm clock no doubt. I debated whether to reascend Sa'CM or drop down to Coire Laire. Either was going to be boggy and a bit of extra exercise wouldn't hurt me, so I reascended and retraced my steps back to the car. On my way back to Meall Cian Dearg a lone shower scooted right past me over Loch Trieg and I stayed dry. "Reeeaasooonable weaaatthherrr". Grr, ok Monty, your wise. The rest of the walk was pretty tiring as I recrossed the ridiculous bogs. Not a dry step the last quarter of the route. But I had been rewarded with some great views and I didn't complain too much. 5 hours and 40 mins later I reached the car and then . . . the rain came. It's still raining as I type this. If only these poor sods in St Andrews - with their heads down and umbrellas up - were friends with Monty on Facebook. They would have had a much better day I think.
Heres my pics from earlier. And to you Monty, I know people don't tell you this often, but I took your advice and it was sound.
by Del246 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:24 pm
by gammy leg walker » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:40 pm
Stretch wrote:On Friday I couldn't for the life of me decide where I was going to be walking on Saturday morning. Gammy Leg Walker had messed up his knee and we had to scrap plans to try the South Glen Shiel Ridge
Thanks for rubbing this in mate, sorry I messed your weekend up,but at least you got out,so I dont feel so bad,looks like you had some fine weather,and another two closer to 150.Thats an early start you had,but it seams to have paid off with some cracking views.
I spent today putting new felt on my shed roof,cementing in a new whirrlie gig for Mrs GLW,and fitting a new baby gate at the bottom of my stairs so grandweans cant get up the stairs and risk falling back down,not what I had planed this weekend,but lots of brownie points in the bag.
by HighlandSC » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:08 pm
Good report Stretch. I seen Montys fine advice last night. Thankfully I wasn't awake to hear about your 4:30 start!
Hope we see you get to the NW to bag a few before the years out - 150th in Torridon?
If the truth be told I was willing to accompany you on this fine walk today but late on Friday i got instructions for work in Paisley and Dundee today. I might do these tomorrw.
Lovely pictures on a fine walk.
by Stretch » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:50 pm
Del, wherever you chose for munro 10, hope you get a good day.
Gammy, we'd still be trying to dry off if we had of gone north to Glen Shiel, that ridge will be done before I head home for good don't worry.
by Jockstar » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:32 pm
by rockhopper » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:42 pm
by LeithySuburbs » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:51 pm
Stretch wrote:Gammy, we'd still be trying to dry off if we had of gone north to Glen Shiel, that ridge will be done before I head home for good don't worry.
Sorry to break it to you but you would have had a pretty good day if you had made a reasonably early start . However, looks like you had a more than suitable substitute . Bring some of that with you in two weeks .