I loved every minute of this hill, apart from getting completely and utterly annihilated by midges!
These two Munros form the northeastern part the Black Mount range, rising above the head of Glen Etive opposite the better known Buachaille Etive Mor. Starting from the Glencoe Mountain Ski Centre at the beginning of Rannoch Moor, the first part of the ascent was underneath the chair lift (I met some lazy walkers later on the hill). This followed a river called Allt na Giubhas- hence the midges. I was jealous of the people heading back down the hill in bee hive suits.
It is a steep climb NNW on Meall a’Bhuiridh’s broad northern ridge. When I reached the summit of Meall a’Bhuiridh, I thought I was on the wrong hill! Beautiful views of the great gulf of Coire an Easain, the little Loch an Easain and the cliffs of the Clach Leathad ridge. BUT the impressive ridge above the Glas Choire that I had envied the whole way up seemed impossible to reach. I asked a woman sitting on the summit with her daughter if I was in the right place and she said yes, nervously pointing down a steep rocky ridge where her husband and sons had wandered not too long ago.
I was unsure until two old men clambered back up to the summit and assured it was not as bad as it looked. I ventured down around 200m. The bealach turned into a chimney and after a short scramble I reached the middle of Creise ridge.
Turning north, the ascent towards the summit of Creise is an easy slope. I think it is worth going past this point for beautiful views of Buachaille Etive Mor.
Before heading backdown the chimney it is possible to continue southwards towards Clach Leathad, the southern top of Creise. I am very glad I did this – to me this summit gave the best views of the whole hike. Until 1981 this was the Munro summit, but the latest survey by the OS resulted in its demotion in favour of Creise.
‘One should always have a definite objective, in a walk as in life.’ A Coast to Coast Walk
Munro: Creise and Meall a’Bhuiridh from the Ski centre
Distance 10.5km / 6.5 miles
Time 5 – 7 hours
Start Grid Ref NN266525