how barren are the Stirlings?
pretty well burnt out, could run through much of the burnt area at the minute. Give it another 12 months and it will be thick I expect.
Pix? Looks like they rerouted the trail. I remember (some what nerve racking) free climbing the North face c1977. About 20 pitches and one gnarly overhang about 2/3 the way up. Often came across the SAS training down there.
I was giving out my own pitch in 1977.
BP pix on my Facebook page if you go there. Route pretty much the same as in the 1980's just did a big clean up after the big fire in the summer.
And making the steps easier.