Ramsay recce: West of Loch Treig - Stob Coire Easain & Stob á Choire Mheadhoin

Possibly the easiest of the 24 Munros on Ramsay's Round - unless one is running clockwise in which case the ascent of Stob Coire Easain is unrelentingly unpleasant. It is not a natural line - the mountain more practically approached from almost every other direction. 
But it is an easy and fast run down to Loch Treig. 
With limited time I opted for an out and back route from Fersit, climbing rapidly through the bogs in gentle rain.
From Fersit to the summit of Stob Coire Easain is essentially four climbs, each broken by runnable level ground until the last when a short sharp drop from Stob á Choire Mheadhoin leads to the final climb. 
It is a wonderful summit, with long views across the Grey Corries and the Mamores, the entirety of Ramsay's Round. I sat awhile, considering the enormity of the challenge embarked upon, in sombre mood.
As the clouds began to break I made my descent, pushing the pace deliberately, pausing once to look back on the Grey Corries, before scrabbling and sliding down the steep drop off Meall Cian Dearg.
Later, a quiet camp and sunset above Loch Arkaig. I was tempted to follow the road to its end and head for the wild summits of knoydart the next day. But this was a Ramsay trip. I would stick to the plan. Tomorrow, the Mamores. 

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