by Alastair S » Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:37 pm
Route description: Stob Coire Easain and Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin
Munros included on this walk: Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin, Stob Coire Easain
Date walked: 20/08/2010
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 16 km
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Had a Granite City Hillwalkers meet at Kinlockleven for the weekend and had taken the Friday off to get some hills in on the way. However the forecast was dire: 10-30% chance of a cloud free Munro on Friday, followed by two less than 10% days, with rain and gales predicted! Also had a sore throat developing so was seriously considering not bothering given my recent experience on Skye. So spent Thursday night drowning my sorrows rather than packing. In the end the forecast on Friday hinted that the afternoon might be OK in the West so the bagger instinct kicked in and decided: what the hell, what’s all the wet weather gear for anyway.
Didn’t leave the house till 10:30am so wasn’t on the hill will 2:00pm. But having driven through some foul weather the sky was indeed brightening up. So togged up in full wets despite there being only a slight drizzle and set off, having found the suggested parking area just North of An Dubh Lochan. The path was clear enough to start with but soon was very overgrown with bracken and difficult to follow. Then soon came to a nice new barbed wire fence right across the intended route. Scouted around for a gate or stile but in the end just had to clamber over. Being 6’2” helps but others should be aware of this new obstacle – and having started so late I wasn’t prepared to go searching for a more accessible route.
Looking South down Loch Treig
Looking South-East across a low level Loch Treig to the Munro of Stob Coire Sgriodain
Once over the fence the path up the hill was fairly clear if very boggy. The view was to Meall Cain Dearg, the Northern guard to Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin and not the summit. But the rain soon stopped and the sun was even putting in an occasional appearance. Hadn’t spotted from the map that Loch Treig was a reservoir but the indications of the dry start to the summer were clear from the tide line around it. Unfortunately the path I followed took me well to the West of the direct route and it just petered out in boggy wilderness some way short of Meall Cain Dearg. The way up Meall Cain Dearg was clear but it is also very steep – hands needed as well as feet. And today it was slippery and boggy too. Once over this obstacle the summit was still not in view – it’s not till the next false summit a mile on that you can actually see you destination(s).
After the final steepish section got to the summit around 4:15pm and was impressed with what lay ahead: Stob Coire Easain & a decent view of the Grey Corries & the Mamores. And the true nature of Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin itself became more apparent. A quick bite to eat, as few photos and onward. Half an hour latter was atop Stob Coire Easain and even better views. The low sun and clouds to the West made for some atmospheric views which my photographic skills weren't quite up to capturing.
Stob Coire Easain from the summit of Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin
Stob Coire Easain from the bealach between Stobs Easain & Mheadhoin
Another from the bealach
Looking North from summit of Stob Coire Easain at Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin
Looking West from summit of Stob Coire Easain to The Grey Corries
Then back the way I came – by the time I was atop Mheadhoin again the wind had really picked up. Probably gusting to 50mph at the top, but thankfully once I was below 900m again it some fell away. Got some nice evening light, but the sheen was taken off the day by a couple of things. Firstly after several near misses I finally succumbed to the bogginess, slipped & ended up with a wet left leg. Then after negotiating the barbed wire again I got midggied. Swarms of the little b*****, and even worse when I got to my car I found I’d left the driver’s window down – so they we in the car as well! I must have a about hundred bites – ears, eyelids, face, scalp, neck, arms, legs, wherever. Now on my second tube of anti-histamine cream!
Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin from Stob Coire Easain
Decent light at last as I made my way back to the car and the waiting midges... Full flickr set here
Anyway MWIS 0 : Alastair 2, so not too bad a day
by skuk007 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:06 pm
I hate it when the weather guys say it's going to be awful, so I plan to do chores indoors then it turns out to be fine after all.
Shame about the midges, sounds like they were waiting for you to get back and ambush you.
by Alan S » Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:26 pm
Alastair S wrote:I made my way back to the car and the waiting midges
Its the worst time to get them when all you want to do is get the gear off and get home and your getting eaten alive
I found it a horrendously boggy trek to get to those hills from the carpark and have to admit to not even looking at that route up the nose... I just contoured the hill way below it and ascended the west side after I'd passed it... was okay doing it that way for anyone who doesn't fancy the nose on a wet day.
They're a great pair of hills though aren't they? When I did them, I changed my mind about going back down the west side of Easain (looked very steep and I couldn't see much in the clag) and went down the SW ridge curving round to Lairig Leacach and walked back out to Corriechoille - my parents and friend Richard were picking me up anyway so a quick text re-routed them after their day out touristing...
Can't see your pics yet wherever they're hosted so will have to have another look from home...
- mountain coward
by bootsandpaddles » Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:57 am
by Alastair S » Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:37 am
hmmmm... a fashion must
I do have a midge head net thingy but had left it at home - do'h! Lesson now learnt: anyway West in summer requires the whole arsenal.
Yes - the initial impression isn't that great due all the false peaks but once you're up there you get good views and Stob Coire Easain is really impressive from Mheadhoin.mountain coward wrote:They're a great pair of hills though aren't they?
Looks a good way out - and probably a good deal less boggymountain coward wrote:... went down the SW ridge curving round to Lairig Leacach and walked back out to Corriechoille
They're on Flickr - you must have a fierce firewall in place.mountain coward wrote:Can't see your pics yet wherever they're hosted so will have to have another look from home...
by malky_c » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:58 pm
by kinley » Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:15 pm
Frosts may nip the midge off soon
by Graeme D » Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:49 pm
by Alastair S » Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:19 pm
What I didn't mention was that I had a sore calf for the last couple of hours. At the time I thought that I must have strained something. The next day it wasn't nearly so bad and I completed a 20km walk without a problem. But over the next few days it got worse and the calf was swelling up. So went to the docs yesterday and it looks like I've got a case of deep vein thrombosis (aka second class syndrome). Won't know for sure till I get a scan on Monday but I'm already on medication for it. So looks like I won't be out on the hills for a bit but I've caught it early so don't expect it to be much of a problem. In the mean time I got lots of photos to fiddle with, so expect a few more reports from me yet
- mountain coward
by Scotjamie » Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:58 pm
good luck with the ailment and treatment about which MC is so reassuring
mountain coward wrote:I can assure you it hurts quite a bit
by Alastair S » Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:01 pm
Had 4 so far - a bit sore for 15 mins or so but so wears off (he says through gritted teeth). Hasn't had any effect on the sore leg though - must be early days I guess...mountain coward wrote:Ugh - DVT - ouch - injection in your tum coming up - I can assure you it hurts quite a bit!
- mountain coward
by Alastair S » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:02 pm
Hopefully a bit of rest will see to the rest, but booked another visit to the docs just in case...