Colin's Munros


Ben Klibreck, Map 19; 30th November 2003 & 12th July 2007

Route: 1035m=3400' ascent; 14.5kms = 9.0 miles; 4½hrs

Access: From Lairg take the A836 north. At the A838 turnoff, continue on the single track A836 for Altnaharra: 10.7 miles N to Crask Inn, then 1.9 miles more to the layby before the bridge at NC533272 in Strath Vagastie. This is 1km after a sharp bend to the right at the head of the strath, and just after the forestry on both sides stops, on the left first, then on the right.
Route: Easy grass/peat track all the way, even for contouring round Creag an Lochain, but mostly boggy, especially for the first mile and at col to E of Cnoc Sgriodain where there are peat hacks – so avoid if wet. No rocks to speak of: grass moorland throughout except a few rocks on pull-up after A'Chioch.
The standard route starts at the Crask Inn. The path from there to the slopes of Ben Klibreck may make that route a better choice. The route here is a little shorter but is probably otherwise very similar.
Comment: This can be combined with Ben Hope (half an hour's drive further north) in one day, but a starting point further north would be better for that.
Weather (12/7/07): Warm – 18°C; Dry but cloud down to 900m; no wind.

30/11/0312/07/07 Description Ht.Asc.DistanceGrid Ref.
10151055 Layby on A836 immediately S of Bridge in Strath Vagastie,
2 miles after Crask, 5 miles before Atnaharra (Orange)
195  0 0 kmsNC53242712
Due E along track to Cnoc Sgriodain (2 cairns 200m apart) 5443502 kmsNC55242708
 1200 NE to col, NE end 487 2.8 kmsNC55882745
 1205 E to cairn 5253853.2 kmsNC56222744
1130  E to halfway point 5804403.6 kmsNC566274
 1225 E to start of path contouring N round Creag an Lochain 7005704.0 kms~NC56972759
1145  E to cairn on boundary corner on Carn an Fheidh 7255904.25 kmsNC57202760
   EITHER: Ascend Creag an Lochain   OR: follow
good horizontal path N (on boundary) towards col
12101250 N to col 6886175.85 kmsNC57662913
 1305 Path N/NNE over A'Chioch to col 7356756.67 kmsNC57942984
E to M Ben Klibreck: Meall nan Con (Orange) 9629007.25 kmsNC58532990
 1350 Return by ascent route: W to col before A'Chioch 735 7.85 kmsNC57942984
13201400 S over A'Chioch to col 6889108.7 kmsNC57662913
13451425 EITHER: S over Creag an Lochain OR: path contouring
along its W side S to Boundary Cairn at Carn an Fheidh
72597710.3 kmsNC57202760
 1435 W down to cairn before bealach 525 11.4 kmsNC56222744
 1440 W to col 487 11.7 kmsNC55882745
14251455 WSW to Cnoc Sgriodain (2 cairns) 544103512.45 kmsNC55242708
14551525 Path W to layby on A836 just S of Bridge (Orange) 195103514.5 kmsNC53242712

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