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Name:Ben Stack
Hill number:1194
Height:720m / 2362ft
RHB Section:16E: Scourie to Lairg
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Yeaman
Grid ref:NC 26938 42283
Summit feature:cairn 30m NW of mast
Col:189m  NC248416  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 9
(1:25k) 445
Observations:mound on ridge 70m NW at NC 26873 42311 is c 0.5m lower; trig point 100m SE at NC 26996 42203 is 2m lower
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 212 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
A short day before driving non stop down to Wolverhampton (apart from a couple of coffees and a re-fuelling. From some way N of Lone track end, cut up to ridge and on to top. Despite another depressing forecast it was quite pleasant to the summit with good views and even at top cloud came and went a bit. Rain all the way down confirmed I would be heading home. Rain absolutely belted down much of way to Glasgow and beyonddickscroop06/08/2019
Clockwise circuit from carpark. Up Strath Stack then up up to the ridge and back to carpark. Like others said, very, very windy. Although we did have lots of sun.KevPalmer23/06/2019
It is as good as it looks. Great views. Short narrow ridge. Climbed with GN from road to Nwtrimarc206/05/2019
From north of Achfary. Up the new track, then the faint path to the left of the rocky rib. Finally a clear day without haze, the best views of the week.Owen B26/04/2019
From car park at NC297402, walked down road to Achnary, along Strath Stack, then traversed Ben Stack from north-west to south-east. KeithByTheC21/04/2019
Straight up from the new CP just off the access trck to the new ( 2018 ) comms mast. Followed the Leathad na Stioma rock bands into the thick mist & went by way of pt 551 as a ref for a bearing. Incredibly windy on the top, rain on the way down.DanMaisieBex26/08/2018
There and back from the parking space at the end of the road to Lone, path distinct in places, otherwise I more or less followed the Leathad na Stioma. A super summit as you'd expect from a mountain that looks the perfect pyramid from so many places. 5 people, 2 dogs and a Ring Ouzel on summit. Good views on a mostly cloudy day, I'd have traversed from NW to SE had the weather forecast been better- rain the last 10 mins only.pwheeler20/05/2018
Out & Back from the parking space at the end of the road to Lone. On own.MorecambeMonkey10/05/2018
Usual ascent route. The track in has been improved somewhat up to the mast. From there its not so boggy to get on to the neighbouring knoll. Followed rib up in the wind. Summit cone was being battered by the winds. Very top was seriously unpleasant, could barely stand up. This coupled with the icy snow meant an extended stay was out of the question.stig_nest17/03/2018
Clear. 70mph wind?davechaffey16/11/2017
Very windy day. Yet some parts of the summit ridge were completely calm, though not the very top, where I almost had to crawl!! Views hazy, but most other hills clear [but sadly not Foinaven]IanHHill10/08/2017
From Strath Stack, through the woods and I just struck up the hill. At the col it was easy too pick up a footpath up the very steep ridge to the summit. Reversed route to descend.Peterb09/08/2017
From An Earachd on intermittent path. Steep but straightforward. Return same way and off to Oldshoremore for an afternoon on the beach!MichaelF23/05/2017
In extremely windy weather- had to crawl the last 200m to the cairn on all fours as gusts were vicious.NormanW15/05/2017
Cairngorm Weekend Meet at Naismith Hut, Elphin. Solo. North west approach, starting at NC265437 up track (OS 1:25,000 map shows this as a path). After crossing burn that flows into Loch na Seilge, took track that branches off SE, rising steeply. After track crosses burn higher up a rough path goes up beside a fence initially and leads eventually to the summit. Returned same way. Weather excellent.pwbellarby08/10/2016
Took the walk highlands suggested route, starting from the parking just north of Achfary, which apparently has a black phone box as it's on land owned by the same landowner for Westminster? It said 3.8km from the car park but avoiding the bogs and all the wee detours I think it was at least an 8km round trip, which took us just over 5 hours. We started on the wee track shown on the map and then found a small track which disappeared in places and roughly followed the Leathad na Stioma which has Gneiss ribs apparently! The first part wasn't too bad but the last 750 odd meters was a killer for Mrs TJR as it was very steep! During this section you gained height very quickly. It was all worth it as the weather was lovely and the views superb.thejackrustles02/10/2016
Solo, west-east traverse. Great hill but no views today.amswanston14/08/2016
With Rod, Steven, JohnOik09/06/2016
From Achfary with Ben Dreavie and Ben Screavie. My last Graham.Jim.Fothergill20/05/2016
With Tony Smith's Marilyn completion party. Up from Achfary via Strath Stack and west ridge, down east ridge.Topographer5714/05/2016
Round from Achfary via Strath Stack & NW ridge path(eventually) with Black Dog MC & others to celebrate the 6th Marilyns completion.Smudge14/05/2016
Repeat visit for Tony Smith's Marilyn completion. 14 of us. Outnumbered by the Black Dogs of Led Zep IV fame. Great cakes 🎂Martin R14/05/2016
Fine day. Good walk. Excellent company. Marilyns complete. Great memories. Thanks to all.Tony S14/05/2016
Tony's Marilyn completion day.Lorna S14/05/2016
From Achfary at end of Lone Track.ChrisR11/08/2015
Abney level showed ring contour 70m NW is c.0.5m lower Galltywenallt15/04/2015
up the west route stalkers path to summit masts near top.robertphillips26/05/2014
With VR's Bob/Pat, Bob, Evelyn, John, Lionel and Phil.batrigg15/05/2013
First hill of the week, a little snow on the top, excellent view. It has a funny top, split in two, one has the trig point the other has a weather station of some sorts on it. ideal place for a bit of shelter.tallblond31/03/2013
Various inc JC and O. Great hill. Rain on descentMartin6603/09/2012
With Martin66, J, JC, Otis & the Harts from the road near the tree line N of Achfary. Headed straight up the SE slopes. A bit of a slog lower down over some rough ground, but more interesting & easier going further up & a grand view from the sharp top, just beating the rain which started on the descent. Decent weather a must for this hill.NotReallyABagger03/09/2012
On Cape Wrath TrailSteve Clark03/06/2012
very.very fineThearlaichdubh09/05/2012
A really enjoyable ascent in perfect weather by the south east ridge. Only disappointment was the man made paraphernalia on this remote summit.JohnW10/06/2011
Great wee hill. Easily from NC244437 up track to lochan, and then steeply up fence line to NW ridge. Great mini scramble up to top.nordicstar28/04/2011
With Andy, Richard, Denise, Chris, Graham, Peter, Rebecca, Sophiezoob08/04/2010
With Lynseyalistairpooler01/09/2009
With HazelSpudGunn31/07/2009
Revisit for trig, just N of and a little lower than summit. Great hill, steep with iconic profile. From NC265437, mapped track, then cairn at 258432 marks start of NE ridge path leading to summit, steep and rocky in places but nothing technical despite how it looks from the road. Anything as close as this to Foinaven and Arkle is bound to have a great view. I'm not political, but found myself thinking about Robin Cook as I climbed this. I wonder exactly where he died.RHW17/04/2009
Midges & ticks!Morning08/08/2008
Date approx. With parents.Ashley01/01/2008
Starting from car park, with G, A and S. Encountered very boggy ground (G lost a leg!). Reached summit, following a couple of hinds on the way. Splendid views from top.Roadie5825/10/2007
Bagged going straight up and down the south ridge. That was one steep peak esp near the top. fantastic viewpoint of the best place in scotlandWayne Mac03/08/2005
A great little peak. Got to the top to find a Scot with his wife chatting away. When I arrived he pulled out a bottle of scotch and said let's drink to this hill. He did copiously and all of us stumbled back down. Enjoyed the walk, enjoyed the company at top and enjoyed the scotch. Company: Soloiandesbottes24/08/2004
Up the southeast ridge and down the northwest ridge.Alan Moore04/06/2002
Date is first visit. Notes from later...superb summit & view (NW ridge ascent also recommended; TP 718 on old map. A838@294414, wide 'shelf' & E corrie RHW27/07/2000
Self and SallyInvicta1425/06/2000
This is a great winter hill. Short enough to scamper up in between the storms on short December days. Great views especially at sunset.Gill01/01/2000