walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg

Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg


Postby mountainsofscotland » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:37 am

Route description: Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain

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

Date walked: 22/11/2015

3 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

It had originally been my intention to head up Leana Mhor (East) in Glen Roy yesterday. However given the terrific early morning weather, I decided I needed a longer, and higher, day on the hills instead. It was a real last-minute decision, i.e. as I was driving past Fersit, to ascend Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg.

I knew Scoob and Fi from Walk Highlands were thinking of doing these hills so perhaps I would bump into them. As it turned out, Scoob was feeling old and needed to catch-up with his sleep so didn't venture out :).

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

Having not looked at the route or map for these hills, I set off walking along the track to the west of Loch Treig i.e. towards the Easains. I soon realised my error and backtracked to Fersit where this time I did get the map out. Again setting off from Fersit, this time in the right direction, I crossed the bridge over the River Treig and then the bridge over the railway line.

River Treig:
Image

Just beyond Fersit, I left the main track, probably earlier than I should have, as I made my way towards Stob Coire Sgriodain. The terrain was a complete bogfest.

Heading for the hills:
Image

I picked up a vehicle track which I followed towards Stob Coire Sgriodain and on reaching a burn I followed a snow-covered path ascending alongside the burn.

Looking back along vehicle track towards Fersit:
Image

Sron na Garbh-bheinne:
Image

Looking back towards Fersit:
Image

As I made my way uphill, alongside the burn, I could see two walkers on the ridgeline above. I wondered if this was Scoob and Fi. I therefore upped my pace with a view to catching them up by taking an easier ascent line via one of several gullies between Sron na Garbh-bheinne and Stob Coire Sgriodain.

Ascent alongside a burn:
Image

The ascent of the gully was straight-forward.

Looking back down a gully between Sron na Garbh-bheinne and Stob Coire Sgriodain:
Image

On reaching the ridge, I was a little surprised to have overtaken who I thought might be Scoob and Fi. It turns out it wasn't Scoob and Fi from WalkHighlands but was GillC and Tomsie from WalkHighlands!

Onto the ridge between Sron na Garbh-bheinne and Stob Coire Sgriodain:
Image

After saying hello, I cracked on ahead as I was keen to ascend the two Munro Tops as well as the two Munros.

Ascending Stob Coire Sgriodain:
Image

View to the west during ascent of Stob Coire Sgriodain:
Image

Loch Treig and the Easains:
Image

I last ascended these hills in 2003 but could remember little from my previous ascent probably because the previous ascent was in poor visibility. This time the weather and visibility were excellent.

At the summit of Stob Coire Sgriodain:
Image

My favourite view of the day was looking down to Loch Treig from the summit of Stob Coire Sgriodain.

Looking down to Loch Treig from Stob Coire Sgriodain:
Image

View towards the end of Loch Treig and beyond:
Image

From Stob Coire Sgriodain, I made my way across to its South Top which is a Munro Top.

Heading for Stob Coire Sgriodain (South Top):
Image

Looking back to Stob Coire Sgriodain:
Image

Looking back to Stob Coire Sgriodain from Stob Coire Sgriodain (South Top):
Image

Great view from Stob Coire Sgriodain (South Top):
Image

From the South Top, I next headed for the 924m top and beyond to the col between it and Meall Garbh.

Heading round towards Chno Dearg:
Image

Stony ground:
Image

Despite having ascended Meall Garbh previously, I decided to head up it again as last time I got no views.

Heading up Meall Garbh:
Image

Looking back to Stob Coire Sgriodain:
Image

There are two cairns on Meall Garbh; the summit cairn is the more distant one.

Heading out to the summit cairn of Meall Garbh:
Image

View from the summit of Meall Garbh:
Image

There were no footprints at the summit of Meall Garbh apart from my own. No Munro Top baggers out in past two days.

As I made my way back towards Chno Dearg, I could see GillC and Tomsie, with two companions they had met in the hostel, ahead.

Ascent of Chno Dearg:
Image

Looking back to Meall Garbh:
Image

Fantastic views to the west:
Image

Looking back to Meall Garbh:
Image

I caught-up with GillC and Tomsie at the summit of Chno Dearg where this time we had a longer chat.

At the summit of Chno Dearg:
Image

From the summit, I could see a pointy isolated hill. It has to be Schiehallion!

A distant Schiehallion (zoom):
Image

View towards Loch Laggan and Binnein Shuas:
Image

From the summit, we made our way down the snow-covered slopes and soon split up as we took different lines of descent.

Lots of hills to the north:
Image

The initial descent was fairly good however as I got further down the terrain was again bogfest.

Descent towards Fersit:
Image

Looking back to Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg:
Image

I got back to the car around 15:15, the round having taken circa 6 hours. I must be getting slow in my old age as my log from 2003 shows my previous round took 4.5 hours.

An enjoyable round apart from the bog. Nice to meet GillC and Tomsie :D 8) .
Last edited by mountainsofscotland on Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:10 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
mountainsofscotland
 
Posts: 132
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:219   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:361   Hewitts:91
Wainwrights:73   Islands:46
Joined: May 9, 2015
Location: Banffshire

Re: Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg

Postby dogplodder » Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:09 pm

That was a really good day you got after the continuous rain of last week! These are a nice pair to do in snow - photos are great. :D
User avatar
dogplodder
 
Posts: 3482
Munros:226   Corbetts:52
Grahams:16   
Sub 2000:24   Hewitts:5
Wainwrights:9   Islands:21
Joined: Jul 16, 2011

Re: Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg

Postby Tomsie » Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:51 pm

After twelve years easy to forget the route, I forgot after two years to leave track just before bridge not after it, :lol: but soon realised error. :)
I was the same saw diddly squat last time up here and on the Easians so was great to get a good weekend.
Yeah we thought same had to be Scheihallion.
The way you headed off thought you were going over to other smaller hill, I took out GPS with WH route and followed that, kept us out of worst of the bog.
Good to bump into you and might see you again, though don't think we'll be keeping with your pace :lol:
User avatar
Tomsie
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 1161
Munros:119   Corbetts:58
Grahams:34   Donalds:33
Sub 2000:14   Hewitts:5
Wainwrights:1   
Joined: Jan 8, 2011

Re: Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg

Postby mountainsofscotland » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:51 pm

Thanks Dogplodder and Tomsie.
User avatar
mountainsofscotland
 
Posts: 132
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:219   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:361   Hewitts:91
Wainwrights:73   Islands:46
Joined: May 9, 2015
Location: Banffshire

Re: Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg

Postby dav2930 » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:45 pm

Good to be up there in the first snows of the winter and in such fine weather! The view down to Loch Treig from Sgriodain is a classic isn't it? I clearly remember being struck by that view - and being pummelled by ferocious winds - when I did these two in January 2012 (less than 4 years ago!). Nice one. :)
User avatar
dav2930
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 1305
Munros:237   Corbetts:13
Grahams:10   Donalds:37
Sub 2000:1   Hewitts:161
Wainwrights:214   
Joined: Feb 13, 2015
Location: Cumbria

3 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Coop, malky_c, Mike210480, rmonk, Tombu and 72 guests