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Stob Coire Sgriodain & Chno Dearg

Stob Coire Sgriodain & Chno Dearg

Postby JonetCol » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:29 pm

Munros included on this walk: Chno Dearg, Stob Coire Sgriodain

Date walked: 28/05/2012

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 914m

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It was a red hot sunny day. I was running late, driving along the A86, en route from Kingussie to Glen Nevis - from where I intended to attempt Aonachs Mor and Beag - when I saw a sign for Fersit. Worried I was too late to complete the Aonachs in time to book in to my B&B – and knowing Fersit was the SP for 4 of the Treig/Ossian Munros - I decided to cut my losses and exit the A86. My only problem was that although I’d planned to do a couple of these hills the following day, I’d done no prep. I did however have a print of the WH guidance notes and the necessary 1:25k map, so I decided to try Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg.
On reaching the car park at Fersit, the first thing I noted was the absence of the phone box referred to in the WH note. It’s been gone a while apparently, but Fersit being smaller than Florence, I was still able to find the cottages and railway bridge leading to the forestry track to the hills. After about 300m, I turned S on a cow dung strewn path between some sheep pens and a shed, to cross the boggy, tussocky ground which leads to the steeper slopes of Sron na Garbh-bheinne. In the heat and humidity, it was a gruelling slog up the steep, increasingly rocky terrain approaching the summit. I ended up scrambling the final approach, rather than spend time seeking an easier route (let alone a path). Looking back, I thought a better way up, may have been to continue E along the track to ascend the E bank of the Allt Chaorach Beag and swing SW to the summit of S na Gb.
From S na Gb summit however, fabulous views open up to the W and S along Loch Treig.
S towards the summit crags and down L Treig
I heard an almighty crack and looking down to my right, caught a fleeting glimpse of a fighter jet skimming the waters below. I continued along a narrowing ridge to climb the buttress summit of Stob Coire Sgriodain.
Atop Stob Coire Sgriodain
At 979m, this was my 1st Munro of the day. The views were spectacular –S down L Treig, SW to Beinn na Lap, W to the dramatic cliffs of Stob Coire Easain and Stob a’Choire Mheadhoin, E to the lump of Chno Dearg and a 360 degree panorama to the numerous ranges beyond.
Glac Bhan & S
E to Chno Dearg
Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin & Stob Coire Easain
looking NE....
Beinn na Lap in the distance?
L Treig again - no apols!

From the cairn the path looked like it led straight over a cliff, but further examination showed it to be a steady descent S then SE, down the steep grassy then rocky slopes of Glac Bhan.
looking back from Glac Bhan
At times the path faded, but each time it did I was able to pick it up again without difficulty. After about 700m I swung E to join the SE ridge of Chno Dearg. From here I climbed steadily over tussocky grass, then a boulder field, to access the summit ridge. A short walk took me to the cairn of this 1046m Munro to enjoy the views of distant hills.
Chno Dearg summit cairn
from Chno Dearg summit
and again..

After a short comfort break, I set off down a faint path for my return. The path soon petered out on the initially stony ground, so I took a bearing for the sheep pens and set off along it. I managed to avoid the crags to the W, but even after a week of dry weather, the lower reaches remained marshy. Though hot and sweaty (too much info?) at this point, I wasn’t too tired. Despite the uneven, boggy terrain I had kept up a good pace, but it was 5k (as the crow flies) and I did find it a bit gruelling after a while. Once through the cow pats and beyond the pens, I had an easy walk back down the track to the start point.
I really enjoyed the day – and not simply because I’d salvaged a walk after missing out on the Aonachs (which I did the following day). Chno Dearg may be seen by some as as a boring ‘lump’ but it still nicely rounds off a good day’s walk - which includes spectacular views from the more rugged Stob Coire Sgriodain.
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