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Stuchd an Lochain


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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.
960 m (3149 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).

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197 of 282 Munros
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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.
Peak of the little loch

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.

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  51   Loch Tay & Glen Dochart

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

Stuchd an Lochain lies to the S of Loch an Daimh at the head of Glen Lyon. It is a mountain of crags and corries formed by the many ridges that radiate from the summit.

The craggy N face of the summit overlooks Lochan nan Cat and the summit is flanked by two other peaks Meall an Odhar (815m) to the W and Sron Chona Choirein (927m) to the E. From Sron Chona Choirein a ridge bears NNE to a minor top (887m) then turns NW to Creag an Fheadain with a short spur.

The normal ascent route is from the road by the dam on Loch an Daimh to the 887m top then S to Sron Chona Choirein and W to the summit.

Hazards you may encounter on Stuchd an Lochain include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
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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  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 656 m 8.05 km 3 hrs Stuchd an Lochain  Easy day on moderate slopes, if you have the time and good legs, then climb Meall Buidhe whilst you are here.  

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Top of Stuchd an Lochain 18.03.15

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

I climbed this one back in 2005 but went back up on 8/9/12 so as Rupert the wonder dog could tick of his 160 Munro

© Kevin Mckeown

Image by Kevin Mckeown

Stuchd an Lochain

© Tony Dick

Image by Tony Dick

Pups at the top of Stuchd an Lochain, thinking they're laughing at the sweat pouring off me :o)

© John Martin

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James Corrigan
wrote on
September 9, 2013
High level start from Giorra Dam.Meall Buidhe reported to be the least interesting of the two so headed North from the dam and did this one.The views make it worth while. Stuchd an Lochain looks excellent from here as do the views right down Loch an Daimn.Returning to to the dam from Coire Beithe and walk the short tarmac track to a cairn where a well gouged path which gets increasing wet takes you to Coire Ban and then Creag an Fhaedain where the hill proper opens up.Down a slight decline and West on to the ridge proper.Lochan nan Cat looks excellent with its almost perfect circle shape.It is worth going over to the cliff top to get a proper view. After a short sharp incline the summit cairn is reached at the edge of a ledge.To extend the day.Take westwards to Meall an Odhar and drop of the steep slope and walk the long rough tough way back to the dam.There is only intermittent faint paths.Hard going but amazing views along the reservoir and to the superb Meall nan Aighean
Victoria Sheriff
wrote on
March 14, 2009
Climbed this lovely summit on a very breezy day. We passed a few coming down for fear of being blown off. We perservered and were rewarded with cleared skies and fantastic 360 views. Ok, the wind was ferocious, but bearable with hood, goggles and poles to stick fast to the turf! We simply did the straight up and down following the fence line religiously. You need to make your way up through the crags to start with and on the way down, but it's not technically difficult. All good and a lovely and not long day. Time to watch the rugby!!!
Andy Clark
wrote on
January 3, 2009
I went the reverse of Davids route, following the loch west, then cutting up to the waterfall which exits Lochan nan Cat. From there take a direct route to the crags and follow the short ridge, which goes from narrow to broad towards the top.The summit ridge is fairly easy with little or no scrambling involved, we did it in winter with a lightsnow and ice cover, but was still accessable. We came back down the less interesting normal path to complete this short horseshoe. This route is far easier on frosted ground, as the ground in the basin of Lochan Nan Cat is very boggy.
Hilary Neilson
wrote on
September 12, 2007
Simply delighful mountain. Start from the north end of the dam, after about 150 metres, a pile of rocks raises up the way, this is the only way to indicate a path. The way up is just that, you follow the streams up to a lesser summit, path in places, but basically following the water up. Then you come to a grassy level plateau, where a pile of rocks marks the way back down, and a line of rusting posts marks the way up, up to the summit of the munro top, from there you have to descent and climb again, but the way ahead is clear, and quite magnificent, the summit of stuchd an lochain is quite obvious to the right, no sign of loch nan cat at this stage. This was the main reason for this climb, but you dont actually see a lot of it. I loved this ridge walk, magnificent scenary all around, easy walking now, and the target in site. The little loch becomes evident for a while after you round the bend between the mountains, the mountain itself is much more majestic, stunning. Summit climb is pretty easy giving way to an fairly enclosed summit ridge, but with a view to die for. Ben Nevis is clear to the North, Rannoch Moor clear to the north west, glencoe also, a very tasty glen lyon to the south east, as was Schiehallion, and ben lawers to the south west, simply stunning.
Robert Healey
wrote on
May 16, 2007
I climbed this mountain with Meall Buidhe on a magnificent day on July 27, 2006. The round trip took 8 hours. Superb expedition, incredibly hot, grateful for the respite from the sun from the stand of trees at the West end of the Loch. This route also takes in a Corbett which is worth doing in itself.

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