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||0||0.0 miles||NN34997818|
|0855||Track S to dam||270||30||0.7 miles||NN34717722|
|0905||Either S on upper track to highest pt
or S on lower track to just after highest pt
|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
|1030||Ascend ridge path S to pt at top of bluff||978||730||3.25 miles||NN32437440|
|1055||SW to M Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin||1105||865||4.0 miles||NN31657363|
|1105||SW to col 965||965||4.3 miles||NN31257320|
|SW/W to M Stob Coire Easain
(Possible return N & back along Coire Laire)
|1145||Return E to col 965||965||4.9 miles||NN31257320|
|1200||NE to M Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin||1105||1165||5.3 miles||NN31657363|
|1220||NE down ridge to pt 978||978||6.0 miles||NN32437440|
|N/NE down ridge to flattish ground||820||6.45 miles||NN32787493|
|NNE to Meall Cian Dearg||792||7.0 miles||NN33137571|
|N down slope to base of ridge||500||7.5 miles||NN33407655|
|1315||10' concrete obelisk on path||460||7.75 miles||NN33727674|
|1335||Due E down to upper track at highest pt||310||8.3 miles||NN34537701|
|1350||N along track to dam & car at Fersit||240||1165||9.2 miles||NN34997818|