1106 m. |
Translation: Peak of the middle corrie
Pronuncation: stop kora vane
The Easains. Another day with a weather forecast that did not exactly extend an invitation to eager hillwalkers wanting to do a high-level tramp over exposed terrain. We set off from Fersit in the middle of the morning in glorious sunshine. We passed the dam of Loch Treig and looked at the western slopes of Stob Coire Sgriodain with water tumbling down the burns on the hillside. In no time we reached the spot where today’s path branched off and headed up the slope to reach the shoulder of the hill below Meall Cian Dearg. First glimpses of the Grey Corries in sunshine. On we pressed over Meall Cian Dearg only to discover that on the hill the weather was about to turn foul.
We trodded on over the very broad ridge and before the second stepening of the ridge was reached we put on our rain gear – only to discover here that Frank had forgotten to bring along his waterproof jacket. Oh my! Through strong winds bringing along a considerable amount of drizzle we reached the summit of Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin fighting against the breeze which was getting stronger. In the lee of the summit cairn we rested for a short while and ate some sandwiches and drank hot tea from the flask before we continued to the col between the first munro and Stob Coire Eassin. On the descent to the col the wind got really strong and for a second I considered heading straight down NW to Coire Laire. But looking each other in the face we realized that the weather would not stop us this day. So soon we climbed up the steep slopes to the summit of Stob Coire Eassin. The summit was gained and again we rested behind the cairn. The views were not too extensive but we were content with being sheltered from the wind. So after some more tea we headed down the north-west rige of Stob Coire Eassin which was quite steep, eroded and in places composed of a very reddish quartzite, indeed.
After the slope eased off we dropped east down to Corrie Lair below. We soon reached the banks of the Allt Laire and followed that stream for several kilometers through increasingly strong rain to the forrests at the foot of the glen. After some plodding around in rather swampy terrain close to the afforestations we reached the embankment of the old railway line and followed it for two or three kilometers to a spot 50m above the parking at Fersit from where we reached the car in a few minutes. We took off the wet clothes in the rain, got into the car, turned on the heating and ventilation and drove off to Fassfern for a warm and dry evening. Two munros well earned. No views from the summits. Scotland at its best!
Description These two mountains are the crowning points of a long high ridge on the west side of Loch Treig. The east side of this ridge falls steeply in a continuous slope into the loch, giving it a very fiord-like character. The long ridge north of Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin drops towards Glen Spean and is the most accessible route for the traverse of these two mountains.The starting point for the traverse is at the foot of this long north ridge near the end of the narrow public road from Glen Spean to Fersit at the north end of Loch Treig. Go along the crest of the ridge, with two steep rises alternating with more level sections leading to the final climb to the summit of Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin. Descend down a stony ridge to a col and climb again to Stob Coire Easain. Return to the col and descend north-west into the corrie between the two peaks. Make a long descending traverse on the south-east side of Coire Lair and go along the right bank of the Allt Laire to reach the start of a track which leads back to the starting point.