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Ben Stack

Ben Stack


Postby kenny.bell » Wed May 09, 2012 8:58 pm

Route description: Ben Stack

Grahams included on this walk: Ben Stack

Date walked: 06/05/2012

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 6 km

Ascent: 660m

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My first report on here.

We stayed overnight at the excellent Old School Restaurant with Rooms at Inshegra.

Ben Stack.jpg
Ben Stack from near Inshegra


The weather wasn't too promising when we set out (hail and snow showers!), however, when we arrived, the sky was blue and weather fine.

The route for us was up the steep north west side of Ben Stack. Park beside the old bothy at the side of the A838, just at the north end of Loch Stack.

Ben Stack start.jpg
The start of the walk.


There is a drovers track here which heads west, then south west for just over a kilometre. Just after the burn is crossed, next to Loch na Seigle, head up the hill, on the right side of the burn. Ben Stack looms over you as you get to the top of the burn.

We couldn't see any obvious path up (well, it was covered in snow!), so picked our way through the crags, heading generally east up the steep slopes in between.

Ben Stack North West face.jpg
North West face of Ben Stack


The weather did close in a little with a hail storm followed by snow but by the time we got onto the summit ridge, it cleared a little.

Ben Stack Summit Ridge.jpg
The summit ridge from the summit.


Now, to be honest, I'm a bit of a coward when it comes to ridges. Basically, I don't like them and I'm convinced they don't like me. If my mates had told me earlier I'd be on the ridge, covered in snow (the ridge that is, not me!) and it was about 3 feet wide, I'd tell them to get lost and there would be no way I'd do it. But, for some reason, I found myself at the front as we hit the ridge. I kept the head down and easily got across to the summit which is just at the end of it.

The snow and hail stopped for a while and allowed us to have some fantastic views all round, especially to Foinaven and Arkle to the north. The only thing to spoil it was the radio mast at the top. I guess they have to go somewhere though.

The descent was fairly straightforward, following generally east towards the A838 again, hitting it at the bend, just after it leaves the south side of Loch Stack.

Follow the road back to the start.

Kudos to my mate Kenny, however. He ran back the 2 miles to the car and drove back to pick the others up!


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Care should be taken on the route I show, it was heavy going on the ascent because of the snow and although straightforward on the descent, there are some steep and rocky bits which should be avoided.

A great hill which took us longer that expected, due to me being slow and having to take care especially on the ascent.

I hope you enjoy this description.

Kenny 7sbok
Last edited by kenny.bell on Wed May 09, 2012 10:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Ben Stack

Postby LeithySuburbs » Wed May 09, 2012 9:10 pm

Cheers, good first report :D .
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Re: Ben Stack

Postby BlackPanther » Thu May 10, 2012 10:16 am

Nice report :D I like this hill - may only be a Graham but it has plenty of character, not to mention the views.
Funny, I did Ben Stack last year in March and it felt more like June, no snow left and quite warm as for early spring. Now, we have winter in May. Weather's gone crazy :lol:
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Re: Ben Stack

Postby litljortindan » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:45 pm

Great stuff. A fantastic hill with fantastic views. Nice to see it with a bit of snow. Thinking of going here again in winter.
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