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Five go mad on Meagaidh

Five go mad on Meagaidh

Postby akiggins » Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:08 am

Route description: Creag Meagaidh circuit

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a' Chaorainn (Glen Spean), Beinn Teallach, Càrn Liath (Creag Meagaidh), Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Àrdair

Date walked: 02/10/2020

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 27 km

Ascent: 1740m

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I wanted to finish this summer with a big outing. Sat/Sun weather looked rubbish and my mountain biking pal bailed for Friday. The weather was looking very tasty so I I made a late day decision to take the day off work. Having had a great week up in the Fannichs and An Teallach I was feeling a bit gallus and didn't want to drive all the way up to Loch Laggan for a couple of Munros. Creag Meagaidh++ maybe, just to safe I decided to start on Beinn Teallach and finish on Carn Liath so left my bike at Aberarder just in case I bailed after Creag Meagaidh.
5am, Glasgow, bugger, oh well it's not like it's getting darker. Tea'd and coffee'd up I got to Aberarder at 8:45am and dropped off the bike. Drove along to Roughburn and parked the car. Lack of sleep saw me packing and unpacking my rucksack at least three times before I decided I hadn't forgotten everything.
The forest road up is very obvious, but finishes in a bit of a mess.


After that the heavy machinery has chewed up the moor a bit, so pick a line an head for the corner of the forest on the other side of the burn, where you pick up a good path.


Follow up to the corner then head up the blunt ridge for what seems like a long way.


Taking in the Great Bogs of Scotland, such as Mz Lochaber 2020


The mist was down so Beinn Teallach was a non-event, so I pluchtered off down the ridge to the bealach. Fortunately the predicted sunshine arrived before me on the way to Beinn a Chaorainn, and after that it was sunshine and gales all the way.

Beinn a Chaorainn.jpg

I was pleased to find that the drop down to the bealach and the subsequent hike up to Creag Meagaidh was not as bad as I'd anticipated and there's a great 4 wheeler track all the way from the bealach to where it meets the fence high up. After that just a plod along to the end of the fence and quickly over to the summit.

Creag Meagaidh.jpg

At this point I thought it was pretty much plain sailing along the ridge to tick off the last two. So, down and up I went.


And down and up and down, and up and down, and up and down, you get the picture. By the last one I was starting to feel a bit juiced, but got their in the end.


A quick plummet back to the the P saw me with just the 8 mile ride back to the car.

So, 5 is doable, if you have two cars, great, but with a bike it works too, even though it's a long day, but my, what a day.
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