Ben Oss & Beinn Dubhchraig

Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig

Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig lie to the south-west of Tyndrum. Your ascent will normally start at Dalrigh. The route goes through the forest and heads up into the Coire Dubhchraig, beside the Allt Coire Dubhchraig, before emerging close to the summit of Beinn Dubhchraig itself.

This climb can seem somewhat long and a bit of a drag, but you’ll soon forget that as you head off down the north-west ridge, heading down to a lochan on the ridge itself, and then on a steeper descent to the col between Beinn Dubhchraig and Ben Oss. The ridge to Ben Oss is steep at first.

To descend, either retrace your steps back up to the point where you first arrived on the main ridge of Beinn Dubhchraig, and follow your route of ascent back down to Dalrigh; or head down the south-west ridge of Ben Oss to the bealach between Ben Oss and Ben Lui, and then head north, down into the V-shaped valley, which eventually brings you to the track at the top of Glen Cononish. This track can then be followed all the way down the glen to your starting point back at Dalrigh.

Either way, you should not try to descend from the col between Beinn Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig, as this route is rocky, steep, and not particularly safe.

Safety first

These mountains may not have the height of Alpine peaks, but you should not underestimate them or the very changeable weather they are subjected to.  It is not unheard of to have warm sunshine, rain, snow and fog all on the same day – even in the Summer!

You must be prepared for the terrain and for these weather changes.  You should only climb in sturdy hiking or climbing boots, and you must take waterproofs and emergency supplies.  Also take plenty of food and water – it is generally safe to drink from mountain streams, which are usually very clean, but you do so at your own risk.  A map, compass, and proficiency in their use, are a necessity.

Always check the mountain weather forecast before you head into the hills, and if it is winter or there has  been any snow falling or forecast, you should also check the avalanche forecast.  The area is served by an excellent mountain rescue team, but it is your responsibility to ensure you minimise the chances of an emergency which endangers their lives too.

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