Colin's Munros


A'Mhaighdean, Ruadh Stac Mor & Beinn Tarsuinn; map 19
26th June 2004 & 2nd April 2008

Route: 24.2 miles; 1590m=5215' ascent; 12–13 hrs

Dubh Loch from A' Mhaighdean The path up the west face of Ruadh Stac Mor Ruadh Stac Mor from the south RuadhStacMor from lower slopes of Beinn Tarsuinn The exhilerating NW ridge of BeinnTarsuinn

Route: For this route these remote three Munros require the rather long walk-in of 7 miles each way from Kinlochewe to Loch Fada. By contrast, all the Fisherfield 5 (formerly 6) with the Munro Tops from Corrie Hallie via Shenavall is 25 miles and requires 2800m ascent (see here). That is nearly twice the ascent of here. I prefer to do the Fisherfields over two days, rather than carry stuff for staying overnight at Shenavall. This splits the ascent into two fairly even, reasonable halves, but adds a few miles. The rest of the Fisherfield 6 (including the re-classified Corbett Beinn a' Chladheimh, if desired) are described here. With this split the total ascent for them all is about the same as from Corrie Hallie. Splitting the group into two sets makes good sense when the two Munro tops of Mullach Corie Mhic Fhearchair are to be included. However, I have climbed all 7 Munros and Tops in one expedition from Kinlochewe, bivvying half way round as described on the next page.
Terrain: There is no path along NE shore of Loch Fada, but instead time-consuming peat bogs everywhere below 600m. There is a good path from the main top of A'Mhaighdean to Ruadh Stac Mor, with good cairns marking each end of the ascent through the crags of Ruadh Stac Mor. (Note that from the bealach another path bends round and down to Fuar Loch Mor, but the path to Ruadh Stac Mor carries straight on.) The west ridge of Beinn Tarsuinn is narrow with pinnacles, but straightforward scrambling. The descent from Beinn Tarsuinn is straightforward but rocky down to 700m, then peat bogs and a deep ravine for the main burn S down from Bealach Odhar. Follow the path on the E side of this ravine.
Weather 26/6/04: Gusty winds; sunny till 11.30 then continuous rain with a thunderstorm.
Weather 2/4/08: Heavy wet snow above 600m, but dry, sunny intervals & light wind.

26/6/042/4/08 Description Ht.Asc.Distance Grid Ref.Mob.
03150630 From A832 at E end of Kinlochewe follow sign to
Incheril, and park at end of road (a large car park)
  40   00.0 milesNH0377562395Orange
04050720 Take track E/NE to fork at Heights of Kinlochewe   85  452.6 milesNH0721264186 
04200735 Left fork in track then N to bridge 1451053.4 milesNH0740965335 
N to track end at path split 2602204.3 milesNH0702766691 
05050825 Left path NW to start of first lochan 3202805.4 milesNH06276835 
05300855 Sandbank at E end of Loch Fada 3202906.85 milesNH05046992 
 1010 NW above loch to rocky outcrop at Meallan a' Chruidh
(There's no obvious path by the loch shore.)
5004708.8 milesNH02917228 
 1045 Contour NW round to Pollan na Muice 5255059.75 milesNH02007335 
Ascend ridge NW to M A'Mhaighdean, S top 96795010.9 milesNH0077574913Orange
   NE to col 935 11.0 milesNH00927501 
08201215 N to A'Mhaighdean, N top 94896011.17 milesNH0096675264 
08451240 Descend SE/E/NE to bealach 750 11.6 milesNH0164375435 
Follow winding path NNE up through crags,
then E to M Ruadh Stac Mor
918113011.9 milesNH0185275662Orange
09301325 Return W/SSW down crags to bealach 745 12.15 milesNH0164375435 
10101420 Contour S at 750m to Stac a'Chaorruinn then
descend S/SE back to Pollan na Muice
525 13.35 milesNH01707440
 1515 Ascend E/ENE to NW ridge of B.Tarsuinn 800140514.1 milesNH03347335 
Scramble S/SE/E over pinnacles to M Beinn Tarsuinn 937157015.0 milesNH0396172792No Orange
   ESE to Bealach Odhar 730 15.45 milesNH04637258 
 —  Optional: Detour to Meall Garbh 851169015.65 milesNH04957263 
13001710 Due S on E side of burn down to sandbank at
E end of L. Fada
320 17.3 milesNH05046992 
13301745 Return SE along path to S end of first lochan 320171018.75 milesNH06276835 
 1750 SSE to deer fence (start of excellent path) 310 18.9 milesNH0630868081 
14001810 Path SSE to track end (at path split) 260 19.87 milesNH0702766691 
14151830 Track S to bridge 145 20.8 milesNH0740965335 
 1845 S to track intersection at Heights of Kinlochewe   85 21.55 milesNH0721264186 
15301930 Track SW to car park at Incheril   40171024.2 milesNH0377562395Orange

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