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The Stuchd in Blue Blue Skies

The Stuchd in Blue Blue Skies


Postby L-Hiking » Tue May 08, 2012 5:14 pm

Route description: Stuchd an Lochain

Munros included on this walk: Stuchd an Lochain

Date walked: 29/04/2012

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 10.2 km

Ascent: 550m

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Arriving at the dam around 9.45 there were quite a few cars here already but managed to get a place alongside the road. We were both greeted as we got out of the car with the sight of a Golden Eagle soaring not too far above. The spectacle took my breath away and I froze not moving so as not to drive the bird away too quickly. As it happened the creature kept circling getting ever higher with little beat of its powerful wings, we watched it disappear over Meall Buidhe.

Great start to the day :D

Anyway I am not going to discuss the way to go on this route as many of you on WH have wrote reports in the past which indeed is where I researched my route from. Thanks to all of you for reporting missing the turn uphill towards the Giorra Dam and quoting this on WH, as a result I made the correct turn. However I do recognise how easy it is to miss the turn and keep going past the turn off. :lol:

The way up is clear and a small cairn marks the spot on a track before the boathouse where you begin the gentle traverse up the hill, soon you are above the boat house where the route becomes much steeper. There is need I believe of some restoration work here as the countless thousands of boots looking for a good foothold have eroded the hillside. We followed what looked like a dried up stream bed which in all probability had been created with the erosion of boots. As would be expected on such a clear day the views got better and better as we climbed.and in no time at all reached Creag an Fheadain. The top of Stuchd an Lochain can be seen from here for the first time, however the anticipated view of the lochan below was not yet in view.

As we progressed towards the top of Sron Chrona Chorein the lochan and its corrie come into view and it is a tremendous sight indeed. Mountains were appearing from everywhere I have never witnessed such a clear day and was absolutely delighted.

The way to the summit is clear from here and there are the remains of old metal fence posts to guide you all the way to the summit. after a steep final climb to the top.

On reaching the summit cairn I witnessed the best ever view I had seen in my visits to Scotland and was simply struck in awe at its beauty. All around and as far as the eye could see were magnificent peaks, and standing there proudly was the mighty Ben and the Mamores, the Glen Coe Hills appeared as though you could reach out and touch them, Mighty Ben More and its companion Stob Binien were equally stunning with their caps of snow..

Ben Alder is a massive bulk and is now included on my list of must do, to the right of Ben Alder in the distance and shining white were the magnificent Cairngorm Mountains. I really could not believe how clear everything was today and was in my absolute element.

I only have a few opportunities to venture North and my last visit to the Highlands was in September of last year when my wife Carol and I walked the West Highland Way in awful weather, followed by a similar trip in clag on Skye with little views on any of these days :( , so to see this spectacle following that experience was wonderful.
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The Giorra Dam
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View from the dam wall into Loch an Daimh.
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The view from above the boathouse
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The first view of the summit and the wonderful panorama of mountains
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A little further on and the lochan comes into view below those magnificent cliffs
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Looking down to the Lochan
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Stuchd an lochan with the Ben in the distance
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The Ben and CMD zoomed from the same spot
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Glen Coe hills and Rannoch Moor, I couldnt see 20 yards in front of me when I did the WHY in September so this was spectacular
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Crianlarich Hills
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Glen Coe again
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Lawers Range of Hills
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The Gorms


A wonderful day was had today and saw much much more than I have ever seen .....I am totaly hooked and realise I cannot climb many of those beautiful hills because of my home location. However i have a few in my sights and certainly enjoyed them today without climbing them all .Cheers all :D
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Re: The Stuchd in Blue Blue Skies

Postby dooterbang » Wed May 09, 2012 1:58 pm

Nice to see you up these parts, and enjoying the lovely weather :)
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Re: The Stuchd in Blue Blue Skies

Postby SusieThePensioner » Wed May 09, 2012 3:20 pm

Wow, what fantastic photos of those amazing views :thumbup:

So glad you and Carol had some good weather, Geoff :D At least it took your mind off the football :( :lol:
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Re: The Stuchd in Blue Blue Skies

Postby Graeme D » Wed May 09, 2012 3:46 pm

I think that's as nice a day and as clear a set of photies as I've ever seen for that hill. My own experience of it was utterly miserable and that is some understatement!
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Re: The Stuchd in Blue Blue Skies

Postby L-Hiking » Thu May 10, 2012 2:44 pm

dooterbang wrote:Nice to see you up these parts, and enjoying the lovely weather :)


Cheers Paul great daay just wonderful

SusieThePensioner wrote:Wow, what fantastic photos of those amazing views :thumbup:

So glad you and Carol had some good weather, Geoff :D At least it took your mind off the football :( :lol:


Football!!!! its the cricket season now :lol:

Graeme D wrote:I think that's as nice a day and as clear a set of photies as I've ever seen for that hill. My own experience of it was utterly miserable and that is some understatement!


Graeme thanks thoroughly enjoyed it
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Re: The Stuchd in Blue Blue Skies

Postby Johnny Corbett » Thu May 10, 2012 3:22 pm

Great day you got with superb views, you should come up more often as the weathers allways like this up here :D
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Re: The Stuchd in Blue Blue Skies

Postby simon-b » Thu May 10, 2012 8:50 pm

You got some brilliant views there, L-Hiking, seems like you had a great day. Persist with Scotland through the mist, wind and rain and the clear days come eventually! How long were/are you up for this time?

One good thing for us about the Southern Highlands is that we can do a Munro the same day as travelling to or from Yorkshire. I've done that with Ben Chonzie after driving up in the morning, and at the end of that week did Tarmachan Ridge before driving home in the afternoon.

I hope you get some more Scottish days like this one in the future.
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Re: The Stuchd in Blue Blue Skies

Postby Bod » Thu May 10, 2012 9:08 pm

Yep, nice one and a cracking day for it. I've enjoyed a few trips up Stuchd an Lochain in the past crossing over from Pubil at the back and ending up back down the to an awaiting minibus at the dam when I used to take Scouts hiking in Glen Lyon. A favourite munro of mine :D :D :D
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Re: The Stuchd in Blue Blue Skies

Postby L-Hiking » Fri May 11, 2012 11:17 am

Johnny Corbett wrote:Great day you got with superb views, you should come up more often as the weathers allways like this up here :D


ha ha :lol:

simon-b wrote:You got some brilliant views there, L-Hiking, seems like you had a great day. Persist with Scotland through the mist, wind and rain and the clear days come eventually!


Cheers Simon, yes I was delighted getting the good weather for a change...Spent a few days so got a couple more reports to do :D

Bod wrote:A favourite munro of mine


Cheers Bod, great mountain with lots of character too
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Re: The Stuchd in Blue Blue Skies

Postby Banditman » Sat May 12, 2012 8:17 am

Lovely pics. When I did this I was in the clag from the dam...:-). Looks like it would be worth another visit..:-).
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