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Beinn Each ridge to Stuc a' Chroin via Glen Ample

Beinn Each ridge to Stuc a' Chroin via Glen Ample


Postby Chris Mac » Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:20 pm

Route description: Beinn Each from Loch Lubnaig

Munros included on this walk: Stuc a'Chroin

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Each

Date walked: 07/09/2019

Time taken: 6.32 hours

Distance: 16.5 km

Ascent: 1443m

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Both Iain and I had another free day for a walk and decided to head for something a bit closer that would give us both a new hill to climb and a repeat of a hill we had already climbed before.

I had been up Beinn Each a few years back but never made it to Stuc a' Chroin, leaving it left to do inbetween Beinn Each and Ben Vorlich. Iain had done both Munros but not the Corbett so we settled on a Corbett ascent and the ridge walk along to Stuc a' Chroin, something I had wanted to do the last time I was here.

We set off fairly early and enjoyed a cracking breakfast in Callander before parking at Loch Lubnaig and setting off up the now improved path up into Glen Ample:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (1) by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Looking back to Ben Ledi:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (2) by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We had chosen well and it was already looking like being a very nice day as our ascent up Beinn Each presented itself:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (3) by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Iain was enjoying the route so far as we looked down Glen Ample towards Sgiath a' Chaise, Loch Earn and Meall nan Tarmachan:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (5) by Chris Mac, on Flickr

ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (6) by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Bigger hills coming into view now as we continue ascending up the good path:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (9) by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Meall Buidhe in front of the Loch Tay Munros:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (13) by Chris Mac, on Flickr

It was turning out to be a nice day:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (17) by djchrismac, on Flickr

The Glen of Plenty, Glen Ample down below us and our return route, with Meall Ghaordaidh, Meall nan Tarmachan and the Lawers group in the background.
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (18) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Worth a zoom:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (19) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Now at the bit where the summit is in view and the final ascent is in front of you. Not only that but we also get a good preview of our route along the rocky ridge en route to Stuc a' Chroin:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (20) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Beinn Each North Top in the centre with Beinn Each Far North Top not very visible behind, both in front of the taller Stuc a' Chroin West Top:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (21) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Iain enjoying a water break and the view:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (24) by djchrismac, on Flickr

View south to the Campsies:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (25) by djchrismac, on Flickr

A quick look west the around to the north - Ben Venue and Ben Lomond:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (27) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Benvane, Arrochar hills and Stob a' Choin:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (28) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Crianlarich and Tyndrum hills:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (29) by djchrismac, on Flickr

North and slightly west to the Glen Lochay hills with Meall an t-Seallaidh and Creag Mac Rannaich in front :
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (31) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Meall Ghaordaidh, you owe me a view:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (32) by djchrismac, on Flickr

It's just a short pull up to the summit behind the pointy rocky outcrop that looks like it should be the summit:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (26) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Someone already approaching the summit:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (34) by djchrismac, on Flickr

We arrived to find an elderly gent about to tuck into his sandwich, said hi then sat down to give him peace and take some photos.

Our route ahead:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (36) by djchrismac, on Flickr

South east to the Ochils, Dumyat and the Firth of Forth with the Pentlands in the background:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (56) by djchrismac, on Flickr

South west to Dumgoyne and Glasgow:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (61) by djchrismac, on Flickr

It only took us just over an hour to summit Beinn Each and with a long way to walk still we decided lunch would be best saved for the big hill in front of us so set off down the north side of the summit on the good path which zig-zags you carefully down through the crags:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (63) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Beinn Each north face, care required:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (64) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Although not marked on the OS map there is a good path that will take us all the way to Stuc a' Chroin:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (66) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Facing the rock wall of Beinn Each North Top:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (68) by djchrismac, on Flickr

There is a path up this breach in the defence:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (69) by djchrismac, on Flickr

It's a decent gradient but poses no problems:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (71) by djchrismac, on Flickr

North Top summit, or is it that rock over there? We end up walking over all possible summits:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (75) by djchrismac, on Flickr

There are some impressive rocks and crags on the way along:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (78) by djchrismac, on Flickr

ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (79) by djchrismac, on Flickr

We head over the far north top on the way to Stuc a' Chroin West Top and look back - in shot is Beinn Each, below right of that is the North Top with the Far North Top below right of it. It doesn't even make Tump status which is why it is barely noticeable:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (83) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Two targets left now that Beinn Each is done, starting with the west top of Stuc a' Chroin:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (84) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Arivurichardrich where a friend is at this exact moment with some scouts. I take this photo then send it to him and say we're spying on them!
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (88) by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Looking down Gleann a' Chroin:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (89) by djchrismac, on Flickr

At the summit we stop for a snack and drink as I survey the way ahead:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (90) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Someone is following us as we bask in sunshine and enjoy a break while preparing for the final ascent up the Munro:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (92) by djchrismac, on Flickr

We chat to the guy and he's come all the way up Gleann a' Chroin from Callander up to Beinn Each then Stuc a' Chroin before his return to Callander down the Munro's south east ridge back to the start! :shock:

We thought we were doing a decent day of walking but his route was much more impressive! :crazy: After a brief chat he then moved on ahead of us as we finished sunbathing and snoozing.

Just this big lump to get up now and it looks even more energy sapping from further down:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (94) by djchrismac, on Flickr

When we were on the West Top the Callander walker mentioned the crag on one side, seen here as we look back at the route travelled so far:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (95) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Another summit you don't want to just blindly wander off in bad visibility!
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (96) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Break time for the other guy who we would pass on the way up. I'll not lie though, I found this part pretty heavy going on the legs but we were both a bit out of practice:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (97) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Looking back down from half way up, impressive surroundings:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (98) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Another shot looking back to Beinn Each and it's two northern tops:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (99) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Finally over the worst of it and onto a flatter section before the final pull up to the summit:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (102) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Still being followed: :lol:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (104) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Now the final ascent:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (106) by djchrismac, on Flickr

I mean final final ascent! :roll:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (107) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Looking down to Lochan a' Chroin:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (109) by djchrismac, on Flickr

ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (110) by djchrismac, on Flickr

We reach the western summit cairn, say hello to a couple then make the final walk to the actual summit with Ben Vorlich now in view as Iain tells us how big the fish he caught was again: :lol:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (112) by djchrismac, on Flickr

We made it, time for a well earned break and Iain remembered the coffee this time! :clap: :)

He's caught up at last:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (114) by djchrismac, on Flickr

We all settle down to have lunch and coffee:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (118) by djchrismac, on Flickr

The hill is fairly busy and we are soon joined by another new friend, Zak: :D
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (119) by djchrismac, on Flickr

He was of course only interested in our food and after receiving a few snacks and scratches he then spotted his next target, two girls who had just arrived on the summit:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (120) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Success for Zak! :lol: He's a greedy boy:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (121) by djchrismac, on Flickr

More and more people kept arriving and leaving, quite a popular Munro this one!
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (122) by djchrismac, on Flickr

The prow and route over to Ben Vorlich:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (124) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Big Balquhidder hills:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (128) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Iain and I have a good view of our descent route off Meall an t-Seallaidh when we were chased by lightning last year and it only took us 30 minutes to descend 532m over 2.5km! :shock:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (129) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Ben Vorlich:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (132) by djchrismac, on Flickr

The view east over the Forest of Glenartney hills:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (133) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Distand wee Lomonds and Ochils
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (135) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Looking south east to Stirling, Edinburgh and the Forth:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (136) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Iain sunbathing again!
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (141) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Looking west from ben Lomond to Ben More and there are still people coming and going:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (142) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Conscious of the sun getting lower in the sky, we decide we should probably get moving as we still have a fair hike to go before reaching the car:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (145) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Iain sunbathing again!
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (146) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Wrong summit mate! :o :D
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (147) by djchrismac, on Flickr

We start following the path to the prow then will veer left and head down the steep looking hillside seen here:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (149) by djchrismac, on Flickr

ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (150) by djchrismac, on Flickr

This path will run out soon:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (152) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Stuc a' Chroin's prow looks impressive close up:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (154) by djchrismac, on Flickr

We had flirted with the idea of heading down the path just to do the scramble up again but decided against it, no point pushing ourselves too much:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (155) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Ben Vorlich, my 10th Munro and a lovely mountain:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (156) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Prow on left and summit on right, Stuc a' Chroin is one big and bulky hill:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (157) by djchrismac, on Flickr

We've come a long way so far:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (158) by djchrismac, on Flickr

You may recall the pic a few before this, showing an easier way down into Coire Chroisg, which we definitely should have taken, except the path and prow distraction led us to remain on top for longer to leave us with a much steeper and rougher descent down just north of there. We definitely recommend heading down hill before this point!
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (159) by djchrismac, on Flickr

We've come a long way so far:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (160) by djchrismac, on Flickr

The evening light was getting better and better as we made our way down and the view from here was well worth the detour:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (161) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Loch Tay mountains:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (162) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Another dip and down towards and even steeper dip:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (163) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Looking left and behind us you can see the terrain is pretty rough so care is definitely required if going off-piste here. Coire Chroisg is :
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (165) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Our route down:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (166) by djchrismac, on Flickr

We set off down the steep slopes and end up navigating our own routes:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (167) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Sorry Iain, it doesn't look like this descent is getting any easier!
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (168) by djchrismac, on Flickr

After a bit of cursing we eventually reached the bottom and made our way to the large fence which was easily crossed, once you spotted some lurking danger first that is! :crazy:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (169) by djchrismac, on Flickr

We had a fair few ferns and bracken to get through as we stuck to the edge of the forest, which was too think to go in to:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (170) by djchrismac, on Flickr

A path of sorts was soon being followed that took us down to the Glen Ample track, at last:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (171) by djchrismac, on Flickr

We keep doing this Iain, getting off the hills then having a long walk back! :roll: :lol:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (172) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Glen Ample was an enjoyable stroll to finish with though and with both of us in trail shoes instead of boots it was good to get on a good track again:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (173) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Waterfall with Sgiath a' Chaise behind:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (174) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Beinn Each, even more enjoyable if you add in the ridge:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (175) by djchrismac, on Flickr

The race against shadows continues:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (176) by djchrismac, on Flickr

A final look back at Ben Lawers and co.:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (177) by djchrismac, on Flickr

Ben Ledi:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (178) by djchrismac, on Flickr

We took a few final photos coming through the woods at the end:
ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (179) by djchrismac, on Flickr

ImageBeinn Each-Stuc a' Chroin (180) by djchrismac, on Flickr

It took us just over an hour to walk the 5.5km or so back to the car after reaching the Glen Ample path, making it a 6 and a half hour walk to cover 16.5km, most of it on good paths and tracks apart from our daring steep descent which neither of us fancy repeating.

It felt great to be out again and we got a smashing day for it which was a bonus, as well as meeting lots of nice fellow walkers and greedy dogs. :lol:

We both got a new hill to climb, another to revisit and the ridge walk along between both hills was very enjoyable with the view from both well worth the effort on a clear day. If you can handle the steep descent or find an easier descent route then doing a loop like this is recommended. We like our long walks, but we doubt we will ever do this walk from Callander and back, hats off to that man! :clap: :lol:
Last edited by Chris Mac on Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:00 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Beinn Each ridge to Stuc a' Chroin via Glen Ample

Postby malky_c » Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:02 pm

Plenty of good routes on these hills that aren’t the usual one from Loch Earn 8) . Great photos too.
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Re: Beinn Each ridge to Stuc a' Chroin via Glen Ample

Postby Graeme D » Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:44 pm

A lovely flashback to the heady days of summer! 8) :clap:
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Re: Beinn Each ridge to Stuc a' Chroin via Glen Ample

Postby Grisu » Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:44 pm

Great pictures with stunning views :clap: , I know now what I have mist on my walk :wink:
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