Ascent of Beinn Eighe-Ruadh-stac Mor on 2018-06-30

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Sage Kallestad -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Becca Romig
Sawyer Romig -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, June 30, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Beinn Eighe-Ruadh-stac Mor
    Elevation:3314 ft / 1010 m

Ascent Trip Report

A truly perfect day hike in the Scottish Highlands above Torridon. From the intersection of A-832 and A-896 in Kinlochewe, continue exactly 10.0 km SW on A-896 to a large car park on the right side of the road which is the trailhead. The same car park can be reached from Torridon by going 5.8km NE on A-896 from the intersection of A-896 and the road to Torridon. The trail leaves the trailhead car park from the east end.

We made the initial stroll behind Liathach in good order, stopping to dip our hats in the small stream that crosses the trail before the first junction. The local insect life was not in full force and we were able to stop for breaks here and there without any annoyances. A trail junction is reached around 390m elevation just north of a pond. The left fork continues on to the west, passing in front of Beinn Dearg and Beinn Alligin as it continues down the valley between these peaks and Liathach. We took the right fork towards Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair, which countours around Sail Mhor as it approaches the lake, revealing first views of Beinn a'Chearcaill, followed by Beinn an Eoin to the west, and finally Baosbheinn further to the west. We found these views to be stunning on this bluebird Scottish day, enjoying the peaks rising out of their green carpeted earth below. As we continued up the stone stairs towards Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair, we were finally treated to open views of our objective, Ruadh-stac Mor, towering above the lake. We stopped at the lake's outlet to relax and pump a little water for the summit push, basking in the sun and watching the boys toss rocks into the lake as they seem to enjoy thoroughly.

We departed from the lake and headed NE towards the shelf above the lake, eventually contouring into the gully closer to 750m and thereby missing a lot of loose rock at the entrance to the gully. Once in the gully, the scramble was quite easy and we kept our group of 4 close together to prevent rockfall danger, mostly sticking to the left side of the gully as we ascended. Both Sage and Sawyer took turns sniffing out the most solid line, often opting for solid class 3 further left over loose class 2 closer to the middle.

A broad saddle is reached around 870m, where we took a quick rest to enjoy the views and grab a snack and drink. A well-worn use trail proceeds north to the summit, where views to the north opened up and we treated to vistas of Loch Maree and Meall a'Ghiubhais. On the summit we met a nice couple that were each only half a dozen or so peaks away from finishing the Munros and spent some time chatting with them while we ate our lunch and relaxed.

The descent was quick and we took the standard use trail down from the bottom of the gully, bypassing some very small ponds before reaching Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair. Right at the top of the gully before descending, we met a local Scotsman who was very impressed that a pair of American kids had made it up to the top and recommended Irn Bru as a drink and candy for us. As we made our way down to the lake, we found some nice warm rock slabs about halfway around the lake to strip down and jump in for a swim on this warm sunny day. After Becca and I enjoyed a refreshing dip in the lake (the boys were not interested in this idea), we headed back down the well maintained trail to the car, arriving at the same time as our Scottish friend from the gully who shared a bag of Irn Bru candy with us.

After we left the trailhead, we made our way to a restaurant in Shieldaig for our only dinner out while we had the motorhome for a week in the Highlands. Overall, this is an excellent hike in one of the most beautiful areas of the highlands! Pics
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Baosbheinn and Beinn an Eoin rise above the Scottish moors from the edge of Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair on an ascent of Ruadh-stac Mor (2018-06-30). Photo by James Barlow.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3019 ft / 920 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3019 ft / 920 m
    Route:Via Coire Mhic Fhearchair
    Start Trailhead:295 ft / 89 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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