Sron na Lairig*** II
[Loch Etive from the top of Sron na Lairig, 2 kb]The main spur, visible all the way down the Lairig Eilde. It's a fine route to the summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach at the head of Beinn Fhada (the leftmost of the three sisters)

Ticklists: Britain's winter ridges, Scotland's Mountain Ridges by Dan Bailey, 3 star Scottish winter.

Photo: Loch Etive from the top of Sron na Lairig © Caralynh
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Soft snow but very enjoyable. We moved together as a rope of 3 and another of 2.
Howard J - 04/Apr/15

wezzie - 29/Mar/15

Solo. Alpine conditions. Bomber neve everywhere, exit slopes rock hard.
boyson - Solo - 10/Mar/15

Hidden - Solo - 21/Feb/15

In wild conditions 60mph winds managed to reach the first cairn. Saw the SAIS guy digging pits on the way up.
Jenny Hall - Solo dnf - 18/Feb/15 with Louis

peterhubbard - AltLd - 16/Feb/15 with Alastair

carl_123 - Lead O/S - 14/Feb/15

MartF - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/15

ali macphee - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/15

Great ridge with lots of nice exposed sections. My first winter climb! Snow has melted quite a bit however.
PoorPaddy - AltLd - 12/Feb/15

Really nice day out. Solo'd most, took some of the harder looking sections for fun. Turf mostly well frozen, ice around some of it starting to melt, snow was a bit sugary high up but generally good.
kermit_uk - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/15 with Steve Woolass

dicky79 - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/15 with Richard K

Jamie took me up here as an introduction to winter climbing
NorthernClamberer - 2nd - Feb/15 with Jamie Bankhead

alex toomey - Solo - 31/Jan/15 with craig holden

Craig Holden - Solo - 31/Jan/15 with Alex Toomey

tallpaulselfridge - Solo - 04/Jan/15

sj87 - Lead O/S - 04/Jan/15 with Simon Raven

plain kitten - 2015

Hidden - Solo - 29/Dec/14

Fantastic Weather! Turf not frozen.
colin fagan - Solo - 28/Dec/14

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Dec/14

enjoyable but not consolidated
drsdave - Solo O/S - 25/Dec/14

Good value for the grade. Fairly lean in places - especially the snow aretes. Beautiful day considering what MWIS said it was going to be like...
Purely - AltLd O/S - 20/Dec/14 with Rubisco

rubisco - AltLd O/S - 20/Dec/14 with Purely

A winter wander rather than a climb - completely banked out with snow, no more than an easy angled walk. Huge cornices.
maria85 - Solo - 01/Mar/14 with Tom P, Jules

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Feb/14

Nice weather rapidly deteriorating. A true epic descent - extremely windy, zero visibility. Both Scotty and me fell through cornices on separate occasions. 13hrs on the hill!
CMCM - Lead O/S - 14/Feb/14

Winter climb. Weather became really bad at summit 80mph winds had to use escape route to get off of the hill
royalste45 - 2nd O/S - 14/Feb/14

A great mountain day. Lots of snow. Descended via the 'bad step' on Beinn Fhada.
CMCM - Solo O/S - 22/Jan/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Jan/14

CLyus - 2nd - 22/Jan/14 with Jam, James Davis, Meinertzhagen

Meinertzhagen - 2nd - 22/Jan/14 with James Mark Walter, Christopher Lyus, James Davis

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 22/Jan/14

Hidden - Lead - 21/Jan/14

Hidden - Solo - 17/Jan/14

steveq - 04/Jan/14

shugsan - AltLd O/S - 04/Jan/14 with Lisa, Toby

plenty of soft snow, no ice and soft turf, otherwise a really nice day out.
drsdave - Solo - 2014

peebles boy - Solo - 25/Nov/13

The Big Sender - Solo O/S - 24/Nov/13

annep11 - Solo O/S - 24/Nov/13 with Tom E, Jamie Sparkes, Liam Ingram

Liam Ingram - Solo O/S - 24/Nov/13 with Anne Peale, Tom E, Jamie Sparkes

Ross Young - Solo O/S - 24/Nov/13 with Brad HWUMC

JamieSparkes - Solo - 24/Nov/13 with Anne Peale, Tom Eadington, Liam Ingram

brad_tait - 24/Nov/13 with Ross Young

Great choice for the day.
olekemi - Solo O/S - 23/Nov/13

BUZZ1984 - AltLd - 23/Nov/13 with LucyG

Suffering from the effects of food poisoning, not exactly alpine slick style.
aldo56 - Solo rpt - 22/Nov/13

Soloed to final narrow section high on ridge. Excellent early season mountaineering conditions. Snow on narrow section soft due to sunshine. Pitch and a half along here to reach exit slopes
ConorC - AltLd - 21/Nov/13 with Bruce Hay

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Mar/13

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo - 04/Mar/13

Hidden - Mar/13

mikelaing - 2nd - Mar/13 with Ben & Rad

keithlambley - Solo - 24/Feb/13 with Jeff H

camped on the way and treated to the best sun set
pete87abs - Solo O/S - 18/Feb/13 with Rosie Crossley, rob

GlennWatson - Solo - 14/Feb/13

Jim Brownlow - AltLd - 10/Feb/13 with Iain Mount

jack robinson - Solo O/S - 06/Feb/13 with Andrew Thorpe, Matt Grime

Hidden - Lead - Feb/13

Variant gully on lower buttress, grade III
Jamie B - Lead - 26/Jan/13 with Client

Hidden - Solo O/S - 19/Jan/13

OwenF - Solo - 19/Jan/13

peebles boy - Solo - 18/Jan/13

A fair bit of powder made it a little time consuming, but great day out. Interest throughout but nowhere too difficult.
isi_o - Solo - 16/Jan/13 with Graham Stuchbury

Stuzz - Solo - 16/Jan/13 with Isi

Easily deserving of a 3 star classic, often overlooked but this can work in your favour and get the place to yourself!
rusteswan - 2nd - 07/Jan/13

aldo56 - Solo O/S - 04/Jan/13

markwarner - Solo - Jan/13

aneate - Jan/13

Jacks20 - AltLd - 2013 with Al Brightman

First winter 2 scramble. Was great fun and a beautiful clear day with stunning views of glen coe. Great introduction to winter climbing and would highly recomend it. We took ropes harnesses and gear but didnt use any of it due to perfect conditions and there being few exposed parts. Would maybe only take a rope and slings (for harnesses and gear) next time if the weather was worse to protect the exposed traverses
laurence_falconer - Solo - 18/Dec/12 with Tom Eldridge, Rich Bowles

Bit bare at the bottom, then slushy till last 50m or so.
arduff - AltLd - 17/Dec/12 with John Harrison

hedgehog_john - AltLd - 17/Dec/12 with andy duff

Hidden - Solo - 16/Dec/12

Roped a few short sections and soloed the rest.
Elsier - Solo rpt - 16/Dec/12 with Ben W, Keri

tallthinmonkey - 16/Dec/12 with Ben Wallace

DundeeDave - Lead O/S - 02/Dec/12 with Ephraim

picasso - Solo - 02/Dec/12

weather was cold and clear was plenty of snow but not much ice excellent route in superb position.
Chris Harding - 2nd O/S - 01/Dec/12 with Ben, Wendy & Danny

Ben Hollands - Lead O/S - 30/Nov/12 with Dan the man, Chris Harding, Wendy Anderson

peebles boy - Lead - 30/Nov/12

Andy Moles - Solo - 29/Nov/12 with Tom Everett, Ferdia

tom.e - Solo - 29/Nov/12 with Ferdia, Andy Moles

ferdia - Solo - 29/Nov/12 with Tom Everett, Andy

Plenty of snow, some of the exposed turf starting to freeze.
JamesRoddie - Solo - 27/Nov/12

Graeme High - Solo - 10/Mar/12 with Ralph Simpson

Ash_Johnson - AltLd - 06/Mar/12 with Ian Lynch

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Feb/12

jamesbrown1979 - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/12

Hidden - Solo - 05/Feb/12

Hidden - Solo - 05/Feb/12

Soloed with only one ice axe.
iwanap - Solo O/S - 05/Feb/12 with Gerwyn, Euryn

Hidden - 01/Feb/12

johnkeith - Lead - 28/Jan/12 with Andrew Keith

Stuart Macfarlane - Lead rpt - 27/Jan/12 with Jeanie

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Jan/12

Phil PBC - 2nd O/S - 17/Jan/12 with henry castle

Hidden - 08/Jan/12

Louis on second - Mild, but good snow cover.
cambi1987 - Lead - 07/Jan/12

Hidden - Solo - 2012

stafford101 - Lead - 31/Dec/11 with Will Bourne, Charlie

cbeard - 31/Dec/11 with Will Bourne, Chris Stafford

Second ever winter climb. Fun but was more like a wet scramble due to the very bare and mild conditions. Me and Charlie did some variations lower down to make it more interesting and these felt like vdiff/s routes.
Ragingpossum - Solo - 31/Dec/11 with George frisby, Chris Stafford, cbeard

Some spindrift and soft fluffy snow. Made this pleasant route well worth a go. On top out the winds. Bit into my chin. Made the descent route much longer and slow.
67hours - Solo - 30/Dec/11 with Martha & Naomi

keith hal - AltLd O/S - 18/Dec/11 with Iain Mckenzie

Hidden - Solo - 09/Mar/11

99bolivar - Solo - 04/Mar/11 with Adrian Bridge, Peter Elliott, Richard Smith

Hidden - Solo - Mar/11

good romp up the ridge, made excellent day out of it by heading up to Bidean and Stob Coire nan Lochain, then dropping down Broad gully and checking out the Coire. We were some way down the path when Mike realised he had left his axe somewhere up there so we headed back up in the dark. He went back up the gully whilst I sat half way up in the starlight surveying the scene. No axe found but I think even Mike would agree it was a good day.
manwithacam - 27/Feb/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - 27/Feb/11

c_s_hawkins - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Feb/11

Hidden - 21/Feb/11

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Feb/11

Lots of sugary snow and powder, tiring work in places! But a lovely route.
JamesRoddie - Solo O/S - 17/Feb/11

Excellent day out. bit hairy towards the end crossing the narrow snow arete.
mr.benton - 2nd - 15/Feb/11

paulh.0776 - 2nd β - 03/Feb/11 with Andy Ravenhill,

alan.rodger - Lead rpt - 29/Jan/11 with ian glen, johnnie walker

Hidden - Lead - 28/Jan/11

Nearly all moving together. Lovely warm sunny day and amazing views
Caralynh - AltLd - 22/Jan/11 with Jez Hadall

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Jan/11

tomdude - 09/Jan/11 with marie

Jack Doyle - 09/Jan/11 with Theo

Stephen Halliday - AltLd β - 07/Jan/11 with Neil Halliday, Finn Curry

Finn Curry - AltLd - 07/Jan/11 with Stephen Halliday, neilhalliday

Hidden - Solo O/S - 01/Jan/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - 01/Jan/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - 01/Jan/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - 01/Jan/11

aalper - 2nd O/S - Jan/11

With zayna and alex. Drizzly day and melting but good day out.
smcw - Lead O/S - Jan/11 with zoe anderson

ZA - 2nd - Jan/11 with smcw

Hidden - 2011

Luke Brooks - Solo - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Sean Kelly - 2011

Clay C - Solo O/S - 31/Dec/10

TDembrey - Solo - 30/Dec/10

Thin powder over loose rock, with a short section of brittle ice to spice things up.
ladislav - 2nd O/S - 19/Dec/10 with Ian

ladislav - 2nd - 19/Dec/10 with Ian

Not in the best of nick loads of powdery snow. Tough in the grade in these conditions but still a great route.
Gazlynn - AltLd - 18/Dec/10 with Mark

Fly Fifer - AltLd - 18/Dec/10 with Gaz

Simon Yearsley - 12/Dec/10 with Malcolm Bass

Interesting winter scramble. Loads of potential ways up onto the ridge proper, including the bare slab we chose to scratch our way up. Too much soft snow at the top.
jacobfinn - Lead O/S - 04/Dec/10 with Anne Scottish Walkers, Andrew Thornley, jjax

Hidden - Solo O/S - 04/Dec/10

jjax - 2nd - 04/Dec/10 with jason

Pete23 - Lead - Dec/10 with Chris Couper

Hidden - Solo - 10/Nov/10

Hidden - Solo - Nov/10

Milesy - Lead - 16/May/10 with Craig

Route a little dry on the lower section but v.wintry higher up. Some usefull neve on exposed steps. Stunning alpine like weather
Lawrie Brand - Solo O/S - 02/Apr/10

Climbed with Tony. Soft snow conditions.
Gazlynn - Lead - 13/Mar/10

Hidden - Lead - 13/Mar/10

HIGHTOWER - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/10 with Scot Mclennen

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Mar/10

Hidden - Lead - 06/Mar/10

tubby two - AltLd - Mar/10 with The Rock and Brejebreeeee, Tinky

Awesome day out, I can't believe that some people only give this route 2*
Shaw Brown - Solo - 22/Feb/10 with Loz

Hidden - 22/Feb/10

Hidden - Lead - 22/Feb/10

Hidden - Lead - 22/Feb/10

What a stunner of a day!
iceicebaby - AltLd - 21/Feb/10 with Brie, Sam Wood, Andy Ruck

Hidden - Solo rpt - 21/Feb/10

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Feb/10

Jamie B - Lead - 20/Feb/10 with Clients

Stunning Alpine conditions. Two crux pitches featured short-lived mixed difficulties, good value at the grade.
Only a hill - Solo - 19/Feb/10

Hidden - 08/Feb/10

Neil Adams - Lead - 31/Jan/10 with Elizabeth

Pitched a couple of thin sections. Moved together otherwise.
Mike-W-99 - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/10 with Fiona

Pitched the icy groove (rather thin and interesting) and a longer section above. Otherwise moved together. New crampons stayed attached which is always good.
Fiona Reid - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/10 with Mike

ben__day - AltLd O/S - 29/Jan/10 with Martyn Frost

A superb climb - better than Dorsal Arete in my opinion and a lot less busy. We soloed most of it apart from the crux chimney/groove/slab pitch (which was pretty thin and interesting) and the thin section of the crest at the very top.
abercolin - Lead O/S - 23/Jan/10 with Hayley Riggs

Soloed most of the climb, seconded gully and top section.
hayleylouise - Solo - 23/Jan/10

Hidden - Solo - 09/Jan/10

Soloed all but the short slabby pitch on the right (which in the end had enough consolidated snow to have soloed that too). Easy for the grade. Nice day out.
niallk - 09/Jan/10 with Chris, Steven Harris

Moved together on a short rope, alpine style.
Stuart Macfarlane - Lead rpt - 09/Jan/10 with Jeanie

Only pitched one bit near start. A corner ramp by a slab on the right side of the ridge. Didnt really need to pitch it as was easy. Soloed the rest including the crux narrow section. Imagine it would be a bit trickier if buried under lots of fresh powder snow.
climberuk - Lead O/S - 09/Jan/10 with Chris P, Niall

Hidden - 09/Jan/10

crispy - 2nd β - 09/Jan/10 with Niall, Steven

riven - Solo O/S - 04/Jan/10 with Ollie Kenyon

oliverk - Solo - 04/Jan/10 with Joe

bennevis - AltLd O/S - 01/Jan/10 with Barry

liamo333 - Lead O/S - 2010

Great day out, did the right hand start which was very thin and quite run out...
liamo333 - Lead O/S - 2010

Mr Powly - Lead - 31/Dec/09 with Rozzy

Was supposed to be an easy warm-up but took 12 hours! The route itself was OK - roped up for the short arete section. Then took ages to get to the summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach (knee deep powder) and even longer to get down the NE ridge (abseiled the bad step). Then another hour just to get down the powder back into the valley.
Simon Caldwell - 27/Dec/09 with Carmen

Track bashed all the way to the base and then swam up gullies till reaching the mixed ground. Very easy grade 1 but a heartbreaker in powder!Soloed and moved together with wife.
Zoomer - Lead - 26/Dec/09 with Julia Bloomer

Route suggested by Nev and he lead most of it, some pitched some moving together. Beautiful day but hard work in very loose and soft snow. took along time but the airy last ridge section just before summit was immense. Brilliant, have graded is haven't got a clue :-)
rallymania - 2nd O/S - 26/Dec/09 with Nev, Baldy Pete

Jules 210681 - 2nd - 26/Dec/09 with glenn bloomer

morsy - Solo rpt - 24/Dec/09

Hidden - Solo O/S - 15/Dec/09

Soloed up the ridge until snow formed(150 meters from top) put on gear then moved together till the end. I took the latter half. Sean and Asa behind and steve and dod were some way in front. carried on to summit. good nick.
Ewan Russell - AltLd O/S - 15/Dec/09 with Martin

Martin McPhillie - AltLd O/S - 15/Dec/09 with Ewan Russell

matt_ringrose - 14/Dec/09 with Ian Phillips

thebat - Solo - 12/Dec/09 with Ontour

Snow above 800m.
Ross Barnes - 05/Dec/09 with Stuart

Hidden - Lead - Dec/09

Hidden - 2nd - Dec/09

alan.rodger - Lead rpt - 18/Apr/09 with elaine rodger

Kevin Mc Bride - AltLd - 28/Mar/09 with Allan H

not much snow until the end; mostly a scramble
jdgaventa - Solo - 24/Feb/09

Hidden - 24/Feb/09

tim newton - Solo O/S - 20/Feb/09

Elsier - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/09 with Michael

Would do that again on a clear day, actually I'd probably do it again anyway!
Surge - 14/Feb/09 with Elsie

mixture of moving together and pitches; good varied route, narrow level section remarkably exposed.
no_more_scotch_eggs - Lead O/S - 07/Feb/09 with tamsin

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Feb/09

Hidden - Solo - 06/Feb/09

took guly on left to avoid lower bit
jlury - Lead - Feb/09 with paul, dick winslow

Hidden - 31/Jan/09

Hidden - Solo - 23/Jan/09

Ridge walk with oudoor ed,long slog in,rained on walk out,very tired and we
Badam - 2nd O/S - 17/Jan/09 with Craig Mclaren

Very nice interesting narrow bit higher up
StevePr - AltLd - 2009 with Alan

andrewb - 2009 with SteveE

whispering nic - Solo - 20/Dec/08 with Wavy Dot

Hidden - Solo - 02/Dec/08

Hidden - Solo - 01/Nov/08

lawrenceK - Solo - Nov/08

Gave up after climbing half the ridge, as it was not really in nick and I was by myself. Good ice on the first few pitches, but the crux slab was glazed and difficult.
Only a hill - Solo dnf - 30/Oct/08

that_idiot - Solo O/S - 29/Oct/08 with JC

alan.rodger - Solo - 06/Jun/08

ruggystunts - AltLd - 16/Apr/08 with Bruce

Moving together, with a couple of pitches.
J Brown - 2nd O/S - 16/Mar/08 with RK

Soloed together, grade 1 conditions.
Paula Hamilton-Gibson - Solo - 16/Mar/08 with Nigel Jenkins

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Mar/08

No major difficulties. Nice and narrow in parts with impressive drops.
mortimea - Lead - 05/Mar/08 with Jim Heath

Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 27/Feb/08

Hidden - Lead - 19/Jan/08

Novice - AltLd - Jan/08

griggj - 07/Nov/07 with nick livesey

munnsy - 2nd O/S - 22/Jan/07

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Jan/07

Hidden - 21/Jan/07

Watty - AltLd O/S - 04/Jan/07 with W.Watt, Spike

Hidden - Lead - 09/Apr/06

Simon K - 2nd - 05/Mar/06 with PR

Sankey - Lead O/S - 01/Mar/06 with Andy B

Stuart Macfarlane - Solo - 26/Feb/06 with Jenny, Iain F, Dave M

Took a Right Hand Variant
rob k - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/06 with A Newman

Hidden - Solo - 09/Feb/06

niall_mac - AltLd - Feb/06 with Mark R

Captain Solo - Solo - 04/Mar/05

dellboy - Solo O/S - Mar/05

Stuart Macfarlane - AltLd - 20/Feb/05 with Jean Y, Lucy

crowberry gully - AltLd - 18/Feb/05 with Ross McGibbon

konacol - Solo - 06/Feb/05 with Robert McMurray

McGus - Lead - Feb/04 with Ruth

Hannah V - 2nd - 28/Jan/04 with Sarah Kekus, Alice

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Jan/04

barney_edin - Lead - 30/Dec/03 with Richard K

Stuart Macfarlane - AltLd - Dec/03 with Laura, Roddy

Stuart Macfarlane - AltLd - 01/Feb/03 with Helen

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Jan/03

Jamie B - Lead - Nov/02 with Jamie Hagemann

Hidden - Solo - 2002

Hidden - Solo - 2002

Fine climb, plenty of snow, gusty on the top, and a grand evening camping in the glen below.
Tubroos! - Lead O/S - Dec/01 with Kate Lloyd

IanMcC - AltLd - Feb/00 with Jimbo

Hidden - 2000

Stuart Macfarlane - AltLd - Dec/99 with Roddy

Stuart Macfarlane - Solo O/S - 30/Jan/99 with Gordon S

Iain Thow - Solo - 26/Jan/99 with Tony Hemingway

Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 19/Dec/98 with Roger Benton

Hidden - Lead - 1998

Hidden - 15/Feb/97

andrewbooth1000 - AltLd O/S - Feb/97 with Neil Urquhart

biggianthead - Solo - 26/Feb/95

My first winter climb.
jim_randell - AltLd O/S - 31/Dec/93 with MB

Scott_vzr - 2nd - 12/Dec/91 with Peter Davis

Hidden - AltLd - Mar/91

babymoac - 22/Feb/90 with MTW

Can't remember exact year
macmuseeuw - AltLd - 1988 with Clark Fenton

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Apr/83

Tony Prendergast - Feb/82 with Daz Nolan, Mike Evans

Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 26/Feb/72 with Andy Wild

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