Colin's Munros


Stob Coire Sgreamhach, Map 384; 18th December 2004

Route: 1115m=3650' ascent; 5.9 miles; 7 hrs 25 mins

The leftmost Sister of Glen Coe and Beinn Fhada Gearr Aonach Aonach Dubh Looking towards Bealach Dearg from the floor of the Lost Valley. A' Chailleach (903m) opposite the Lost Valley. Am Bodach from NW slopes of Beinn Fhada. Stob Coire nan Lochan from NW slopes of Beinn Fhada. Beinn Fhada with Stob Coire Sgreamhach behind. Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire nan Lochan from pt 823 on Beinn Fhada. The west end of Aonach Eagach, 
Stob Coire Leith and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh Stob Coire Leith, Aonach Eagach, Meall Dearg 
and Am Bodach from pt 823 on Beinn Fhada. Loch Etive from Stob Coire Sgreamhach. Buachaille Etive Beag dwarfed by Buachaille Etive Mor View SW from Stob Coire Sgreamhach. Beinn a' Bheithir from Stob Coire Sgreamhach. Bidean nam Bian from Stob Coire Sgreamhach. Stob Coire nan Lochan from Stob Coire Sgreamhach. Looking SW back to Bealach Dearg 
from the descent path into the Lost Valley.

Route: This route is just a shortened version of that here which I had intended to do but was limited by darkness and deep snow. Unless the weather is poor or there's too much snow and ice, the full walk should be possible most days of the year if you're an average guy like me. However, I had picked almost the shortest day of the year, was later in starting than desirable, and heavy snowfall the previous night meant deep snow up to 4' deep in places. The weather during the day was excellent, but crampons were necessary above 2500' despite the snowfall. It's worth ascending these hills in such conditions because of the fantastic scenery – see photos above. I've included this route description to give the times for an average walker when the snow line is down to 350m or less so that even the Lost Valley has a covering of snow.
There are several difficulties on this route which are covered in the full version. So you should not attempt this route unless you are competent with scrambling and have both experience of winter conditions and appropriate equipment if there is any snow or ice. A head for heights would also be useful.

0905 Park at Meeting of Three Waters Helipad 163   0NN171256870.0 miles
  Track SE to bridge at Meeting of Three Waters 140 NN173356380.33 miles
  Path SW beside Allt Coire Gabhail to middle of
plain in the Lost Valley. Make sure to cross
river where scree starts on NW side. (I incorrectly
stayed on NW side after the large boulder.)
365240NN164655341.2 miles
1135 Ascend SE to ridge at NN169548,
keeping to right of prominent gully.
(Very steep, needed crampons, the only time I
wished I had my ice axe with me! – challenging!)
785645NN169154801.6 miles
1145 NE to top 823685NN170055021.75 miles
  Return SW to col 785 NN169154801.9 miles
1225 SW to T Beinn Fhada NE Top 931830NN164354312.33 miles
  SW to col 876 NN163054162.45 miles
1245 SW over bump to T Beinn Fhada 952915NN159954052.66 miles
  SW to col 902 NN157353882.85 miles
1334 Ascend ridge, going up gully to left of "bad step"
(which was filled with very deep snow)
to M Stob Coire Sgreamhach
10721085NN154953653.05 miles
  NW to Bealach Dearg 944 NN150853703.3 miles
  Easy descent NE by path into Lost Valley.
Then path NE to bridge over R. Coe
1401085NN173356385.5 miles
1630 Path NE up to Helipad parking on A82 (now dark) 1631115NN171256875.85 miles

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