Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain

Stob Coire Easain Summit II
Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain

Sunburn in October. In Scotland!

Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain
Date: Tuesday 12th October 2010
Distance: 16.5km
Time: 7hrs 20mins (Car to Car)


These are only a selection of the photos from this trip. The rest can be found in the Flickr set here.

A solo trip. Set off from Alford at 0530 and drove through freezing thick fog all the way to Fersit (Strathdon and Tomintoul were -2c). Parked up beside An Dubh Lochan and followed the SMC route up onto the ridge. First time I've encountered a temperature inversion and the views were spectacular back towards Loch Laggan... 


An Dubh Lochan I
An Dubh Lochan


Laggan Inversion
Laggan Inversion


Laggan Inversion Panorama
Laggan Inversion Panorama


Fersit II
Fersit

Boggy ground ascending Creag Fhiaclach made me wish I had packed my gaiters. Upon reaching the top of Creag Fhiaclach the ground was drier and the temperature forced me down to my t shirt.

The views began to open up - down Loch Treig and across to the Grey Corries. The steep nose of Meall Cian Dearg also presented itself directly ahead.


Loch Treig
Loch Treig


The Grey Corries
The Grey Corries


Meall Cian Dearg II
Meall Cian Dearg II

The going was nice and dry here but became boggier once more as I approached Meall Cian Dearg. No obvious sign of a path lower down through the bog but appear higher up, picking its way through the crags. Steep, muddy in places with one or two very short scrambly sections it presented no problems and soon I was up, looking towards the next top, with the first summit tucked in behind.

Final Push
From the top of Meall Cian Dearg. Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin summit is centre, Stob Coire Easain to right

A short coffee stop and I was off again. It's a straight forward pull up onto the unnamed top and then again onto the actual summit - 3hrs 30 after leaving the car. The views were sensational..

Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin Summit
Me on Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin

I debated about whether to leave my pack here and nip out and bag Stob Coire Easian and return. In the end, I took my pack down to the bealach in case I decided to drop North East into the glen for the return journey. The heat was beginning to build now so I filled up on water and ascended Stob Coire Easian with just my camera. 

Stob Coire Easain I
Stob Coire Easain from Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin


Stob Coire Easain Summit I
Stob Coire Easain Summit - Looking West to Ben Nevis


Stob Coire Easain Summit II
Looking North East back towards Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin


Lochaber & Beyond
Lots of hills. Can you spot any favourites? From the summit of Stob Coire Easain


Glen Coe
Glen Coe from the summit of Stob Coire Easain

I returned to the bealach and collected my pack. I decided to retrace my steps and reascended Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin where I had my lunch. The return to the top of Meall Cian Dearg took just under an hour and it was a straightforward descent - although care was needed on the muddiest sections.

Descending Meall Cian Dearg
Descending Meall Cian Dearg

To vary my return route slightly, I cut down the hillside to visit the hydro survey pillar. From here I was tempted to follow a quad track straight down to the loch road. Unwisely, I decided to follow a track which cut directly across the hillside towards Fersit. It was slippery, boggy and deposited me in a small wood with ankle-breaking rocks covered in ferns. On this return path I was also treated to the new (for me) delight of the deer ked (alarmingly, one hitched a lift in my pack and latched onto me in my kitchen later that evening!)

I eventually hit the road at the car park at Fersit and after a short walk along the road was back at the car (Hello to the two lads from Insch if you see this)


Hydro Survey Pillar
Hydro Survey Post

2 comments:

spottiewattie17 said...

What brilliant weather! btw what is a deer ked? Same as a tick?

chimpaction said...

No, a different kind of nasty...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipoptena_cervi