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Ruadh-stac Beag

Ruadh-stac Beag

Postby rob munbett » Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:43 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Ruadh-stac Beag

Date walked: 14/08/2016

Distance: 15 km

Ascent: 970m

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My friend John had come over from Ireland with this hill on his wish list, so we drove from Torridon to the Information Centre on the A832 just NW of Kinlochewe. The car safely parked, we walked back along the road to the start of the path leading up to the high pass between Ruadh-stac Beag and Meall a' Ghiubhais. We walked up this good track until RsB came into view. I'd been on the hill before but the sight of it still impressed.
Ruadh-stac Beag from the high point of the path
We dropped down a bit to follow a narrow path on the east side of the stream to the east of the hill, enjoying the many cascades and filling our water bottles en-route. We came to a small cairn where there was a junction of streams and crossed to the right where we sat on some handy boulders to enjoy a snack before taking on the final rise of the hill which loomed above us.
RSB pan 2.JPG
Rather than slip-slide up the scree slopes, we decide to head up the narrower boulder- ridge which had a couple of rocky outcrops, easily by-passed on the side.
The bouldery ridge to the summit plateau
Looking down the route of ascent
After about 10 minutes, we were on the level stony plateau heading over to the summit cairn.
The stony summit plateau
Thankfully, the views were great - we felt we deserved them after the terrible day out in the rain and wind the previous day.
Smiles at the cairn
For variety, we headed off down the red scree slopes to the west of the ridge - these were pretty treacherous and I wished we had just gone down by the route of ascent - but we made it down relatively unscathed. We tried to head back to the descent path by staying higher above the stream but, in retrospect, this was not a sensible plan and not to be recommended.
RSB pan 1.JPG
The path down to the road was long and hot with lots of sharp stones underfoot which we didn't seem to notice on the way up - funny that! It was good to get back to the car - despite the plague of midges waiting to ambush us.

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