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Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor)


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
1021 m (3349 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
110 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Red peak (Big shepherd of [Glen] Etive)

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  41   Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

This beautiful mountain is a magnet for hill-walkers, climbers and photographers. Buachaille Etive Mor is orientated SW to NE with its two munros at either end of a long winding ridge.

Stob Dearg is the classic peak, it has a "tourist" path through Coire na Tulaich rising to the ridge at the head of the coire, but there are also several routes, within the ability of scramblers, up the rocky NE face.

Most famous of these is "Curved Ridge" which starts from the waterslide slab, a huge rock slab lying low on the NW slopes. Curved Ridge has lots of exposure but is not technically difficult - see Noel Williams "Scrambles in Lochaber" for a full description.

Hazards you may encounter on Stob Dearg include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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 Weather & OS Maps
West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Stob Dubh
by Metcheck
Stob Dearg Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Stob Dearg.

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 Routes that include Stob Dearg
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1507 m 13.13 km 5.5 hrs Stob Dearg and Stob na Broige  This moderate route described above is referred to as the "tourist route" by rock climbers and scramblers. These enthusiasts ascend Curved Ridge or other routes up the north-east rock face of Stob Dearg.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Stob Dearg

 Baggers Gallery for Stob Dearg

Greenock Scouts in Halloween fancy dress

© Liam O'Hagan

Image by Liam O'Hagan

On Curved Ridge 27th July 2015

© Oliver Bartrum

Image by Oliver Bartrum

At top of Crowberry Ridge after soloing Curved Ridge for the first time, Sept 2014

© Alan Puckrin

Image by Alan Puckrin

Brilliant day! Fantastic views! :-)

© Claire Cassidy

Image by Claire Cassidy
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Stob Dearg
by Philip McLoone
Stob Dearg and Stob na Broige
by Geert Gritter
Stob Dearg and Stob na Broige
by Brendan Waters

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Gus Stewart
wrote on
October 25, 2010
Climbed BEM via the "traditional route" which now, by and large, comprises a good path/rock steps from the car park all the way to the ridge. Care is, however, required at some points just below the ridge where the steps are less obvious. The first autumn snows had fallen overnight which added a slight degree of difficulty but once on the ridge the remainder of the high walk was plain sailing. The descent path from the ridge between the two Munros is obvious - it is marked by a cairn - but it is steep in parts and requires due care and attention.
Keith Johnstone
wrote on
April 25, 2010
Reports suggest that the walk out along Lairig Gartain is boggy. I didn't find it too bad but there is plant and machinery along the route and I think they are installing some sort of drainage system to improve the path.
john dickson
wrote on
May 26, 2009
Returned to The Bookal 5 years after climbing it for the first time. Path is much better now and avoides the scree slope near the top of Coire na Tulaich. Completed ridge to Stob na Broige and returned vis Lairig Gartain, the path on this section is badly worn and has long sections of boggy ground to negotiate.
Colin Mcmillan
wrote on
September 13, 2008
Just to emphasise Bill's point - you don't need to climb the scree on this route. From where the path first meets the scree slope just head straight across and you should pick up the stone staircase on the other side. This will take you all the way to the ridge!
Bill Boyter
wrote on
June 23, 2008
Sat 21st June 2008, back again! Same route as before up through Coire na Tulaich, but this time blessed with some excellent views. The sun was out with some broken cloud and got a fantastic full panorama from the top. On the left hand side going up the coire there were eight deer taking life very easy. They seemed at home and didn't bat an eye lid when myself and Paul stopped for an hour to take photos. Fantastic day!

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