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An Stuc


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.
1118 m (3667 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.
34 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.
The steep hill

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
  51   Loch Tay & Glen Dochart

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

An Stuc has a steep sided conical peak and three ridges, the S ridge leads to Ben Lawers via Creag an Fhithich, the W ridge to Meall Garbh. The long N ridge leads down into Fin Glen and on to Glen Lyon.

The terrain is mostly grass with rock outcrops, but there are crags on the NE face of the summit and on the lower SE slopes overlooking Lochan nan Cat.

The normal routes of ascent are the ridges from Ben Lawers and Meall Garbh.

Hazards you may encounter on An Stuc include
 Steep slopes 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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Southeastern Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Lawers
by Metcheck
An Stuc Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include An Stuc.

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 Routes that include An Stuc
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1428 m 14.21 km 5.5 hrs Ben Lawers, An Stuc and Beinn Ghlas  Easy day starting from 460m on well maintained paths and continuing on moderate grass slopes. There is a broad eroded path on Beinn Ghlas, a similar path on Ben Lawers. An Stuc is less frequently climbed.  
2 1748 m 20.45 km 7.5 hrs Ben Lawers, An Stuc, Meall Garbh [Lawers region], Beinn Ghlas and Meall Greigh  Ridge walk with a fair bit of up & down. Quite a streneous route with some easy scrambling. On paths for the majority of way, can be crowded between Ben Lawers & NT visitors centre. Need for second car or hitching (leave early) due to diff start/fin point  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of An Stuc

 Baggers Gallery for An Stuc

Top of An Stuc 13.07.11 50th Munro

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

Me on An Stuc 24 sept 2010

© mackenzie barker

Image by mackenzie barker

summit of An Stuc after an 'interesting' scramble to the top 7.8.10

© iain watson

Image by iain watson

An Stuc May'10

© Mike Blake

Image by Mike Blake
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Meall Garbh [Lawers region] and An Stuc
by Doug Tulloch

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Chris Mercer
wrote on
April 8, 2012
Certainly worthwhile combing An Stuc with Meall Greigh and Meall Garbh. Best climbed anticlockwise to avoid very awkward descent off An Stuc, easy scramble when ascending, no difficulties and dog managed it nae bother. Not sure about MM's suggested route of leaving out An Stuc and descending off Meall Garbh, you could get into difficulties on steep ground around Creag a' Bhuic and this shouldn't be attempted in bad weather. If you don't want to do An Stuc better to go back to the bealach between Meall Garbh and Meal Greigh and follow the fence line down for an easy descent.
George Dyball
wrote on
July 26, 2010
My first Munro's a bit showery with no clear views, first 2 climbs were good but An Stuc was a bit of a challenge for me at the top. I am sure I will have worse to come in the future though. Got the bug, too early to say yet. :-)
Robert Ferguson
wrote on
July 7, 2010
7th July parked car at Ben Lawers Hotel. Climbed Meall Garbh and Meall Greigh enroute to An Stuc. Windy day but pleasant climbing. A bit of a steep scramble up to the summit of An Stuc.
Alan Cantwell
wrote on
September 28, 2009
My son Alan, my collies Tino & Ollie and I bagged Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers & An Stuc on the 27th September 2009. I diligently (as usual) checked the met office weather report at 0630hrs in the morning where it stated “small chance of rain with clear views of distant hills”! Lesson learned: Don’t believe the met office! ;o) It ended up being a brilliant walk with all 3 Munros wrapped up in 6 hours. The leg between Ben Lawers & An Stuc is pretty steep and would, I reckon, be a bit “Tricky” in snow or ice. In conclusion a great day out and well worth hitting all 3 in a day!
Neil Feltham
wrote on
April 6, 2009
This climb was not as scarey as I though. Having said that I was climbing up it! I experienced some snow on the only route that I felt comfortable with but with no ice axe, I ended up having to punch/kick into the snow to create foot/hand holds. A big lesson was learnt there if you are climbing this time of year then take an ice axe at the very least. I was very lucky this time... don't make the same mistake as I did!

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