Ben Stack (The Steep Hill)
Medium Group Mountain Day (Up to 6 Places @ £75 each) 18th October 2022
- 75 British pounds£75
- Achfary, Highlands
Ben Stack (The Steep Hill) Don't be put off by the name of this mountain! The Scottish Gaelic translation "Steep Hill"refers to the view from the west where Ben Stack spectacularly rises out of the surrounding landscape. The approach to the summit from the east is a nice steady climb and should be achievable by anybody with a reasonable level of fitness. At 721m in height Ben Stack is classified as a "Graham", a Scottish mountain between 2000 and 2500 feet in height. The Route We will meet just outside of Achfary on the A838 and make our way north west up the eastern flank of Ben Stack. The ground can be quite boggy in places (not an uncommon feature of the Assynt hills) but by "hand railing" a rocky seam that follows our intended route, some of this can be avoided. As we climb the views to the east soon become impressive looking along the length of Loch Moore and the surrounding Reay Forest Estate. After the initial steady climb of around 500m the ground levels off and on a clear day we will get a view of the summit for the first time. At this stage we will hopefully get some views of the two "Corbetts"; Arkle and Foinaven to the north and an opportunity for refreshments. The final "pull" to the Ben Stack summit is reasonably short and not too steep. One reached we might be lucky enough to get some amazing views across to Scourie on the West Coast and the hundreds of lochans that litter the landscape in between. On a really clear day the Isle of Lewis is visible across the Minch as are the Munros of Conival and Ben More Assynt to the south. To return we will retrace our steps south east hopefully taking in the amazing views once more as we descend. Please note: We will require a minimum of three bookings for this event to go ahead.