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Beinn Dearg scramble

28 September 2017
A hike and scramble up Beinn Dearg in the Inverlael area of the North West Highlands. Emma O'Shea was leading....

It was a superb forecast for our first Cona' Meall and Beinn Dearg scramble, especially given we've had a run of quite poor weather conditions recently. We met at the western end of Loch Droma and heard our first stags roaring as soon as we stepped foot out of the car. Once we had all gathered we set off up the little used stalkers track from Lochdrum, after crossing the bealach there is a drop of about 100m altitude to reach the Allt a'Gharbhrain.

The river was running relatively low today, however, a crossing here nearly always entails wet feet so we opted to take our boots off and cross in river shoes. Feet dry, we made our way up over some quite rough ground into the Princess Corrie with the attractive Loch an Eilean below us. We stopped for elevenses with an impressive view of Coire Ghrannda, the Gaelic translates as ugly corrie, but the corrie is actually one of the wildest and most dramatic in the Highlands.

The toughest part of the day followed, climbing steep, broken ground to gain the shoulder of the south ridge of Cona' Meall. After a rest at the shoulder we set off along the pleasant grade 1 scramble leading to the summit. The setting was magnificent, with warm September sunshine on our backs, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the journey along the ridge.

A late lunch at the summit was savoured with views of Suilven, Ben More Assynt, Ben Hope and Ben Loyal. The wind picked up as we made our way across to Beinn Dearg, following the massive stone wall which crosses the mountain. We didn't linger too long on our second Munro as still had a good way to go, the return route around the west side of Coire Ghrannda being almost impressive as the outward eastern route. It was 6pm before we reached the river and after a paddle across we re-traced the outward route back to the road, enjoying the sound of roaring stags echoing in the glen around us.

More photos by Emma O'Shea and some of the group members are here on Flickr.

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