Sunday, 24 April 2011

Easter 2011 - Day 3: Allt Feith Thuill to South Ridge of Stob Coire Easain

Distance: 22km; Ascent: 1750m; Solo

I set off walking at around 8:30am; it was dry and all the tops I could see were out of the cloud. As I followed the Allt Feith Thuill upstream it became warm and sunny, but this was not to last.  The path deterioted after it crossed the stream so I opted to head directly up the SE ridge of Chno Dearg, which was hard going and steep in places. However once I reached the ridge it was pleasant enough.

As I ascended the ridge, the cloud enveloped the summit of Chno Dearg and I was to remain in the cloud until I was almost at Fersit. I reached the summit of Chno Dearg (Munro) at around 10:30.  Due to the long day I had planned, I decided to skirt the top of Meall Garbh and then headed NW to Stob Coire Sgriodain. There were many tops and knowls on this ridge, which was quite confusing in the mist, but I made sure that I visited the south top of Stob Coire Sgriodain (Munro Top).

Eventually, I reached the summit of Stob Coire Sgriodain (Munro) soon after midday, where I had lunch. Soon a couple of walkers appeared; only the 2nd and 3rd hill walkers I had seen so far on my backpack.  I descended down to Fersit, which I reached at 2:30pm. After a rest and a quick call to Lynsey it was time to continue. The route I took up onto Creag Fhiaclach was hardgoing over steep heather, but once I reached the ridge the going was easier with views down to Loch Treig.

After the scrambly section up Meall Cian Dearg, the ridge seemed to go on forever but eventually I arrived at the misty summit of Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin (Munro) at 6:30pm.  After plenty of food, I continued on to the summit of Stob Coire Easain (Munro), which I reached at around 7:15pm as the cloud began to clear.

By now, it was clear that I definitely wasn't going to make it to my planned campsite by Loch Treig this evening so as I descended the north ridge of Stob Coire Easain, I was on the lookout for a small stream and somewhere to camp.  Eventually, I found some running water and a flattish area to camp at 750m, so I stopped there for the night.

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