Date: Sunday 12th November 2017
Another forecast with some promise. Strong northerlies suggested that southern hills might fare best, and that a southern approach might be more comfortable.
Decided to revisit a previous route – up Stob Binnein from Inverlochlarig. This heads very steeply up Stob Invercarnaig (700m) and then is a long, gentle uphill to Stob Binnein.
Parked at Inverlochlarig at 0745, heading off close to 0800. Dawn was just lighting the hills as we arrived.
It’s a matter of head down and plod uphill, height is gained quickly. The surrounding hills were nicely snow-dusted.
Once up Stob Invercarnaig the path heads round the east side opening up views of Loch Doine and Loch Voil.
There’s a further ascent to the 880m mark before the ridge up to Stob Coire an Lochain and Stob Binnein becomes visible. There had been a dusting of snow down to 700m, from 800m it was a thin covering.
Up to this point we had been in the lee of the hill. From the 880m point we were directly exposed to the wind, carrying a lot of spindrift.
Very glad to have snow goggles and insulating gear – got properly wrapped up and protected from the conditions.
Just a wander up to Stob Coire an Lochain from here – the wind was gusty, sometimes dropping out.
At about 1000m the view NW opens out – to the Etive and Blackmount hills. Looked a little dramatic here and there.
The final cone of Stob Binnein appears – quite a few folk up there.
We were fairly toasty despite the strong breeze – got up to the summit of Stob Coire an Lochain and ducked down on its lee side out of the wind for lunch.
Even down under a 10ft sheer backing the swirl and buffeting of the wind was managing to come through. We mulled over our options.
With the munro summit crowded, we decided not to bother with the last 100m, the extra views achieved are not substantial.
We had planned, like last time, on dropping down E to Meall na Dige and then Meall Monachyle. It seemed a shame given the visibility from the lower ridge is restricted.
Decided to simply reverse route, with the wind at our back and the sun in our faces.
Took a few more pictures from Stob Coire an Lochain.
We could just see Jura and Arran was nicely visible to the SW.
The wind seemed to be dropping a little – but by no means gone away.
It’s an easy amble downhill, the sunshine a little more intermittent on the descent.
Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin seemed to have been shaded a lot of the day – the had a bit of sunlight as we neared the steep descent.
The steep path drops you fairly quickly down to the car park. In truth, the car looks a stone’s throw away from the 600m mark and seems to take a long time to drop down to.
A nice route – an easy amble for great views. Certainly Baltic, but entertaining.