Autumn colours, inversion and flat battery at Fersit
by dogplodder » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:17 pm
Route description: Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain
Munros included on this walk: Chno Dearg, Stob Coire Sgriodain
Date walked: 12/10/2010
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Stob Coire Sgriodain from other side of Loch Treig a couple of months earlier
Being in a friend's car I hadn't brought the dogs with me. But after hearing (maybe on here) how someone got an ear-bending from the local farmer about folk with dogs I felt just a bit relieved I didn't have them on this occasion.
We took the right fork, passed the metal barn and sheep pens and dodged through a boggy section to pick up a path by the burn on the way up Sron na Garbh-bheinne. It wasn't long before we were in bright sunshine looking down on a carpet of cotton wool.
Mist over Loch Treig
View west towards Easains
Creag Meagaidh above inversion
View west and towards Great Glen
View east to Loch Laggan and Beinn a'Chlachair
We followed the course of the burn (which wasn't too boggy) before striking off west towards Sron na Gharbh-bheinne. After a short stiff climb we were on the ridge and from there it was an easy amble to the summit cairn of Stob Coire Sgriodain with its stunning view down into the fiord-like trough of Loch Treig.
Summit cairn of Stob Coire Sgriodain looking north
Loch Treig from summit
From the summit we descended south to a dip then south east up to Sgriodain's south top.
Cairn of quartz on south top
South end of Loch Treig and Glencoe beyond
From the south top we continued over bumps and knolls in an east south east direction, over a double top and down to a wide bealach, then east to the south of Lochan Coire an Lochan.
Lochan Coire an Lochan
After a detour south for views and photos we headed north east on easy slopes towards Chno Dearg.
Approaching rounded hump of Chno Dearg
Stob Coire Easain and Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin from slopes of Chno Dearg
Sron Coire Sgriodain
Loch Ossian, Sgor Gaibhre, Carn Dearg and Schiehallion on horizon
Chno Dearg summit
From the summit it was a pathless descent over north west slopes back to Fersit.
Looking back to where we'd been from near Fersit
We were congratulating ourselves on being back at the car in time to be home for tea with our respective other halves. That is until he tried to start his car and discovered the battery was flat. Driving down the Great Glen in fog he'd had the lights on and had forgotten to switch them off. In my car an alarm would have let me know and he said this should have happened but somehow they were left on and now the car wouldn't start with no one around to jump start us. I thought of the nearby cottages but after the story of the ranting farmer didn't feel too inclined to go bothering folk.
He phoned the AA and got a chap who was out on a call and was about to head home so we only had to wait an hour and a quarter before we were sorted - which could have been a lot worse. And we'd had a great day walking in bright autumn sunshine with a morning inversion - so no complaints from me!
by BlackPanther » Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:57 am
We climbed the neighbouring two Munros across Loch Treig only three weeks ago, weather wasn't as perfect and blue but we still got good views, this area is great for panoramas, especially south towards Glencoe.
by dogplodder » Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:40 pm
BlackPanther wrote:Beautiful vistas The inversion pictures make me jealous... These two hills have a bad reputation of being a bog-feast but from your description it doesn't look too bad at all! Maybe we'll try them in frosty weather.
Frosty weather would be a great time to go! We didn't find them too boggy but it was two years ago which wasn't as wet a summer as we've just had!
by soulminer » Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:53 pm
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by Paula Hubens » Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:21 pm
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by dogplodder » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:10 am
monty wrote:Great photos dogplodder. I done these in terrible weather so nice to see what they look like.
soulminer wrote:These two do have a bit of a bad rep Have been up in winter- blizzards and in summer- and enjoyed them on both occasions. You seemed to have enjoyed them as well Great hills for views though, sponging it all in
Skis in winter would be an idea for a quick descent!
Paula Hubens wrote:What a lovely day for a lovely walk!
Thanks Paula, it was!