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The Glen Lyon Horseshoe: Day and White
by jimandandrea » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:39 pm
Route description: Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Carn Mairg and Creag Mhor
Munros included on this walk: Carn Gorm, Carn Mairg, Creag Mhor (Meall na Aighean), Meall Garbh (Carn Mairg)
Date walked: 20/03/2011
Time taken: 8.5 hours
Distance: 17 km
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As we headed up to Carn Gorm we thought we should take a picture below the cloud line - that was the last thing view we saw for the next 6 hours.
Now we did look through the reports that others had done of this horseshoe and we were fair looking forward to it but as it turned out it was more of a navigational exercise and testing our abilities in not getting lost!
We made the top of Carn Gorm in good time all things conidered but that was simple stuff really as we just had to follow the ridge till it got to the pointy bit at the top. We like to make ourselves at home when we get to a summit, can see nothing and are not likely to be disturbed by anyone else...
OK. Compass out, map, bearing, walk out, stop, catch up - repeat.
Write an essay on the inside of a pinpong ball: its white above and if you look to the sides you'll see white and oh yes if you look down you'll enjoy more white. No that's not actually true - did I mention fence posts. Well yes we saw fence posts. This is Andrea with a fence post:
The fence posts indicated that we would soon be at the top of Meall Garbh - they are a feature of the summit:
OK, Compass, map, bearing, walk out, stop, catch-up - repeat. Yes, but this was different - we had fence posts for company that would, if we were able to follow them, would take us to where we wanted to go - Carn Mairg. Now the map does show that a direct line would take you over a top, whilst contouring, although a navigational challenge would be perhaps easier. We noted the footsteps that appeared to be heading in what we took to be the direction of travel. They must have had the benefit of visability or were perhaps wise and skilled in mountain craft - either way we were pleased. Not for long however as it soon became apparent that the direction of travel was not as we desired but was in fact the route taken by those who had opted to only do two out of the four Munro's on the Horseshoe. OK, I admit I made a mistake and I deserve to be punished - walk back to where we started this mess and when we knew where we were and now do as you had originally planned.... OK, compass, map, bearing..... repeat.
Eventually we made it but the mood in camp was not good and I think this picture really manages to capture what can only be described as euphoria:
Oh one other thing that I am not ashamed to admit using - GPS. Here we see our designated group leader (there was just the two of us but leadership delegation was felt crucial- she also had the car keys) looking very impressive in locating our current position as we progressed on to Creag Mhor - I just waited till the GPS fixed our position. The reason was because we had managed to skirt the top of Meall a' Bharr on route to Carn Mairg and planned to do the same for the route to Meall na Aighean by skirting Meall Liath. Bingo - goal achieved.
So that was 4 Munro's and no views from any of them. It was cold, visability was still poor so to say we were not happy bunnies would not have been a million miles from the truth - but we were heading back to the car and who knows. Maybe as we descented down tbelow the cloud at say, 300m, we might see something.
All day I had said - I think its clearing you know and all day I was not only proved wrong but I believe I could actually see her fists clench as I said it - however it turned out this time to be true. Initially the clouds just seemed to be less dense.
Then a bit more
Is that the sun I see?
Now your talking..
Now it really doesn't take much to forget the 4 we had done seeing nothing when, in the end you get a right good view.
So it was back to the car and pleased with a great first day: good navigation and great views over Lawers.
by ChrisW » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:46 pm
by rockhopper » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:53 pm
by Alastair S » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:27 am
by Border Reiver » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:55 am
by Paul Webster » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:07 am
I always think there's something satisfying about arriving exactly at the cairn after that sort of navigation... though these days I've got lazy and tend to use the phone