A small but determined group headed out to Glen Etive on Sunday 23rd October to tackle the Munros of Stob Coir’an Albannaich & Meall nan Eun.
Stob Coir’an Albannaich standing at 1044m towers over its smaller neighbour of Meall nan Eun, topping out at a more manageable 928m. However, taken together the traverse of both hills made for a challenging circuit totalling over 18km in distance with a height gain of 1398m.
Starting out by crossing the bridge over the picturesque River Etive, and after negotiating some extremely boggy terrain, the group followed the Allt Meirleach up the valley, with Ben Startav on our right hand side and Glas Bheinn Mhor directly ahead.
The boggy terrain interchanged with tough tussocky ground which made for hard going. However, the gorges and tumbling waters of the Allt Meirleach, the imposing hills and autumnal colours offered some distraction.
We continued our slog up the relentless slope aiming for the bealach between Stob Coir’an Albannaich and Glas Bheinn Mhor.
Reaching the bealach, we took on some well earned refreshment as we readied ourselves for the push on to the ridge of Stob Coir’an Albannaich.
Once the ridgeline was reached, the summit of Stob Coir’an Albannaich was now on our right, with a short trudge through more tussocky terrain which soon gave way to sharp and steep corries with the summit reached after 3hrs 40 mins.
After the obligatory pose for pictures we continued, descending the East Ridge to find our departure point into the bealach separating Stob Coir’an Albannaich and Beinn Tarsuinn.
Ascending the slabby slopes of Beinn Tarsuinn, we descended into a second bealach and attained the ridge leading to the large and underwhelming summit of Meall na Eun after 5hrs 29mins.