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Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin & Stob Coire Easain, Map 392; 24th March 2007

Route: 1165m=3825' ascent, 9¼ miles, 5 hrs


Route: The path up from Fersit is poor: wet & boggy. It is faster & easier & more pleasant to avoid the path. (1½hrs ascent by my cross-country route, but 1¼hrs descent by path between track and pt 978.) One path starts at the car park, the other from the highest pt (295m) on the upper track SW of the dam. Both head for a 10' high concrete obelisk on the sky line.
In winter conditions note the remarks below on cornices.
Conditions: Stiff cold breeze in am; 7°C at start, 15°C at finish; total cloud cover base 1000m till 1215, then no cloud. Continuous ground snow above 975m, slightly too soft.
Cornice to climb over at the top of Stob Coire Easain (only just soft enough to kick steps). Also a very wide cornice on Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin. There were huge, deep holes in the snow around 10m in from edge, probably indicating the edge of the ground & the start of the cornice – perhaps just above a gully, but definitely beware as such holes could be covered with thin snow that you could fall through!
Mobile: Orange reception on Stob Coire Easain and Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin and at Fersit (weak).

0845 Car park at Fersit, at N end of Loch Treig 240   00.0 milesNN34997818
0855 Track S to dam 270 300.7 milesNN34717722
0905 Either S on upper track to highest pt
or S on lower track to just after highest pt
310
285
 0.9 miles
1.2 miles
NN34537701
NN34377656
  Either Path W beside stream to hydro pillar
Or Head SSW up obvious sloping shoulder/valley
which rises diagonally left up E face of Meall Cian
Dearg to NN33277482. At S end of this (Creagan
nam Braonan), turn W to join path on crest of ridge
460
810
 1.5 miles
2.7 miles
NN33727674
NN32907506
1030 Ascend ridge path S to pt at top of bluff 9787303.25 milesNN32437440
1055 SW to M Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin 11058654.0 milesNN31657363
1105 SW to col 965 965 4.3 milesNN31257320
1125
-1130
SW/W to M Stob Coire Easain
(Possible return N & back along Coire Laire)
111510204.6 milesNN30797305
1145 Return E to col 965 965 4.9 milesNN31257320
1200 NE to M Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin 110511655.3 milesNN31657363
1220 NE down ridge to pt 978 978 6.0 milesNN32437440
  N/NE down ridge to flattish ground 820 6.45 milesNN32787493
  NNE to Meall Cian Dearg 792 7.0 milesNN33137571
  N down slope to base of ridge 500 7.5 milesNN33407655
1315 10' concrete obelisk on path 460 7.75 milesNN33727674
1335 Due E down to upper track at highest pt 310 8.3 milesNN34537701
1350 N along track to dam & car at Fersit 24011659.2 milesNN34997818


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