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Meall Chuaich

Meall Chuaich


Postby andrewdoggett » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:30 pm

Route description: Meall Chuaich, Drumochter

Munros included on this walk: Meall Chuaich

Date walked: 27/02/2011

Time taken: 3.7 hours

Distance: 14.6 km

Ascent: 665m

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An easier walk today after yesterdays 25 km stroll around the Monadhliath. I decide to tick off Meall Chuaich near Dalwhinnie; an easy walk in and not too much ascent. A whisper of fresh snow had fallen overnight; and it's interesting to see how far up the slopes it melts by the time I'm back...

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Arriving at the base of Meall chuaich the sun bursts through the clouds looking at the wee hill across the reservoir...

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It's pretty cold on the ascent; the MWIS weather forecast of stronger winds high up being spot on as usual. All in all it doesn't look overly inviting; still plod on...

Meall Chuaich 03.jpg


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When finally the summit does arrive through the cloud; I'm pleased to see it; it's freezing despite the hard work on the ascent!!

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There's the obligatory wee dram of Whisky for Whiskey (Dalwhinnie today given the location) as I shelter from the wind behind the summit cairn.

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Descending through the cloud the Monadhliath from yesterday look gorgeous, but given how cold it is here; I'm thankful that was yesterdays choice...

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Of course, the sun comes out on the descent, and the summit clears :?

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And a final look back at the hill, couldn't believe how much the snow line had visibly changed in just 3 hours or so.

Meall Chuaich 09.jpg


And the stats... A leisurely but cold 14.6 clicks in 3 hrs 42 mins with 665 metres of ascent... And I've even applied a fix to the maximum speed for those of you that didn't like the helicopter ride home ;)

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And My Tracks...


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Re: Meall Chuaich

Postby pollyh33 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:35 pm

Hi Andrew,

Great report and fantastic photos, but it does look bone chillingly cold!!!

Hope you've warmed up :lol:

Polly
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Re: Meall Chuaich

Postby andrewdoggett » Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:07 pm

Hope you've warmed up


Thanks Polly, it's traditional to go for a pint and pub grub after a hearty walk no?

Sadly, my favoured Lade Inn not on the route home from this one, without a detour :D

Did you go there after your Ben Ledi walk - it's my all time favourite pub... My dog used to love it there, though she got a bit spoilt!
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Re: Meall Chuaich

Postby ChrisW » Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:56 pm

Great report Andrew, looked bloody freezing but interesting how much the snow melted in just a few hours.

love this pic Image
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