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No matter how one looks at this hill, it's a steep one! And steep all the way round, so that there is really no easy ascent or descent. Add to this the fact that the summit ridge jinks around, with rocky corrugations, and the scene is set for a testing Corbett. In winter conditions it is important to be properly equipped with axe and crampons.

Start from the road down Glen Etive, at 137 469. There are several small spots for off-road parking, all close to the top of a private road leading down to the bridge across the Etive. Pause for a moment here and look down but I guarantee that you will not see the bottom of the pool beneath the bridge.

The track continues past the bridge for a distance before turning northwards. After about 1km a wooden bridge is crossed and a house at the foot of Glen Ceitlein seen. The south-west ridge of Stob Dubh rises above this with very little pause for breath. Over halfway up, some outcrops are easily avoided on the right, just before the slope thankfully eases before the summit slopes. There are fine views over to Stob Coir' an Albannaich to the south.

The ridge leads awkwardly, ESE down over rough ground, to the ridge proper. Be careful with navigation from the summit, as there are steep crags north and northeast of the summit. Once on the ridge, which is fairly broad, it leads first easterly then northeasterly, to a top at 845m. There is a further top along the ridge to the northeast, at 834m, and while it is possible to descend from this latter top, it is probably even steeper.

The descent leads in a few hundred metres to an easy crossing of the burn which issues from Coire Dubh Mor. Continue south to gain the burn flowing into Glen Ceitlein and descend that glen to pick up the very muddy path (chewed up by summer grazing of cattle) leading down Glen Ceitlein and so to the wooden bridge at the mouth of the glen. There are very fine views of Beinn Fhionnlaidh, across Glen Etive.


Maps: OS Sheet 50 'Glen Orchy & Loch Etive'
Distance: 13 km
Ascent: 1010 m
Time: 5.5 hours
Food & Drink: Up Glen Etive and straight across to the Kingshouse Hotel!


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