Ruadh – Stac Beag

Ruadh-stac Beag the wonderful Beinn Eighe Torridon outlier.

The great domed Corbett of Ruadh-stac Beag is separated from the main Beinn Eighe ridge; it has considerable defences on most sides and access is usually via the screes of its southern flank. It makes a fine walk through stunning scenery – and could be combined with the ascent of Meall a’ Ghiubhais. From Walk Highlands

Ruadh – Stac Beag

This was planned to be my last Corbett but after hearing from a few folk who said it’s a long day I decided it would not be ideal. It’s a hard Corbett by any means. I have only three left and want to invite a few special folk to my final one. This will be next year as two special folk are recovering from illness.

The wonderful walk in from the pony track that starts near the Aultroy visitor Centre of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve.

Meall a’ Ghuibhais another great Corbett. The Pony track is a great way in to this wilderness.

I left fairly early as the forecast was looking good. I was on my own and have wanted to climb this hill for many years. This mountain is an outlier of the complex mountain of Beinn Eighe with its myriad of summits. Few venture into this side chasing the two Munro’s and missing so much?

The inner Corrie of the Black Carl’s lots of scope for winter. Few see this side.
The great dome of Ruadh Stac Beag and the hidden Corrie’s.

Parking is easy at the You leave the path and I headed into some wild country it’s very rocky and you have to take care as you round Creag Dhubh the vastness of this place is incredible.

The burn sparkling on the sun this
Is an incredible place to be.

I had planned a scramble up the slab on my hill. Yet on my own I felt that it was not right and looking at it I had been up there before. Yes again The memory plays with you in these days the Corbett’s were just another hill an adventure to get to know this area for Rescues.

I would take the young team members into these places. Often we would get dropped by helicopter on a search in bad weather and this hill knowledge was invaluable. I saw no one at all all day till on my way home. There is no phone service round here once in these mountains . Yet the solitude is peaceful as are the views of Slioch and the Fisherfield hills are incredible .

Looking back

The water was sparkling clear water on the Quartzite rocks add to the beauty.

This is not the place to have an accident so I was careful all day but just enjoyed the weather. I love walking alone I always say where I am going and when I am off it’s simple to sort out. I can stop when I want and have no time limits my days of rushing round the hills are long gone. The quartzite of this area allows so many plants to flourish and though late in the year there are still many about. This area is especially good for Juniper and rarely have I seen so many mini junipers about.

It was perfect for walking and as I picked my way up to the beleach the mountain is an incredible amount of scree and tottering cliffs. Yet in there own way they are so beautiful and I love hugging the corrie Rim and seeing them and there crazy shapes.

The view up to the beleach.

The path is vague even on the ridge and lots of loose scree And blocks but the views are incredible as you climb.

Shattered pinnacles and scree.

It was hard work yet as you climb you could see the Munro’s on Beinn Eighe and the outlying cliffs. I could see folks on the summits possibly of my own club who are in Torridon for the weekend.

The Munro summit of Ruadh Stac Mhor – with the hidden cliffs of a route I climbed many years ago – Thin Mans Ridge !

Once on summit is very flat and I made my way along to the Cairn in the sun. I could see the sea and for miles.

It was warm and I had my lunch and saw More folk on the main ridge. I could have slept up here it was such a grand day but wanted to get down the loose screes and the burn.

Near the summit of Ruadh Stac Beag any idea what it is for there were two of them ! From Eoghain Maclean Fixed points photography points. I put them in 20 plus years ago 😀well spotted Heavy. Just off the summit I saw these two objects?

I headed down taking care it was steep and loose. It was a good decision not to not leave this hill to my last one. Yet again the views were stunning all round vistas of the sea to Gairloch and Loch Maree.

Coming down the ridge.

I was glad to be back down safely and headed back higher up on the moraine on the way I came in seeing the incredible cliffs close up of the Black Carl’s.

The descent and a well earned drink .

I was soon on the path after a long walk across the screes. I still had not met anyone and I was back on the pony track. Slioch was back in view as was the massive Waterfall near it. I stopped again and took of my top to enjoy the sun.

Here I met a few folk and was soon back at the car. It was then I noticed my phone was missing I headed back up the hill I had an idea that I had put it down at my last stop. The round boulder where I had a drink and a short break. It was hard going back up but I met Ian and Lorraine from Muir of Ord who had found it. They had just done the same hill as me yet we had seen no signs of each other. They were a lovely couple and would not take a reward so we wandered down the hill. Good Karma to them. I stopped in at the Visitor Centre to tell them I had located my phone.

What a day I headed home after a superb few hours that I will never forget. This is what it’s all about for me. How lucky am I ?

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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