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Picnic on the Munro - 100th Scottish Hill with Kids

Picnic on the Munro - 100th Scottish Hill with Kids


Postby WalkingWithKids » Fri Apr 01, 2022 4:49 pm

Route description: Meall Chuaich, Drumochter

Munros included on this walk: Meall Chuaich

Date walked: 25/03/2022

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 15.3 km

Ascent: 610m

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100th Scottish Hill with Kids (8, 11, 17 yo) - the Munro Meall Chuaich from A9 near Cuaich - Dalwhinnie

Stats:
Total distance - 15.3 km
Total time - 7h27m
Walking time - 4h20m
Altitude gain - 600 m
Terrain:
9 km - a good track
6.3 km - a path, mostly eroded; several boggy places and rocky sections

Meall Chuaic was our 100th Scottish Hill 8)
First tickable hill we climbed on 07/02/2020 and it was the Sub2000 Cnoc Mòr near Strathpeffer. It took us 2 years, 1 month and 19 days to do the first 100. We would have done it sooner but a few lockdowns slowed us down a bit. Never mind.
Here are our first 100:
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I know there are many red ones still to go :)

To climb Meall Chuaic we took the usual approach following WH route:

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Parking spot at the A9 near Cuaich and the start of the walk:
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At first we walked on the good track alongside the aqueduct to the Cuaich power station:
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Locals :) :
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We continued along the good track behind the power station...:
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...to Loch Cuaich:
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On the way, we were greeted by a delegation of other locals :D :
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We passed a hunting bothy at the Allt Coire Chuaich...:
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...and continued over an another bridge:
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The start of the ascent and the eroded path up. The first third of the ascent is the steepest:
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Looking back - the Corbett Creag Ruadh (Dalwhinnie) and Loch Cuaich:
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Looking back - The Fara ridge in the back:
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There are several boggy places at the ascent to Stac Meall Chuaich, they were mostly dry...:
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...and several stony sections:
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The largest bog at Stac Meall Chuaich was full o croaking frogs 8) . There were at least 20 frogs.
Watching frogs:
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Behind Stac Meall Chuaich, the path becomes stonier:
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Looking back towards Loch Ericht and The Fara, and the road we walked:
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From here follows the main rocky section where the path becomes more indistinct. We often walked through the rocks and boulders pathless:
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On the top. This moment was very sweet. The children took hands and walked together to the cairn 8) :
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A little reward :wink: :
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Conni on the summit:
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Picnic time! :) :
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Fun on the munro :) :
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I am not tired, just enjoying the sunshine 8) :
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We returned the same way.

Heading down to meet our next adventure :wave: :
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Last edited by WalkingWithKids on Sun Apr 03, 2022 10:29 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Picnic on the Munro - 100th Scottish Hill with Kids

Postby NeepNeep » Sat Apr 02, 2022 8:31 am

How funny. I drove past there on Friday and saw your car. It was the last new Munro I did last year so was interested in who else was doing it. I did think ‘Hello, I recognise that car….I wonder’. And there you are…wandering up the hill. Glad it was a centenary celebration. I enjoyed it.
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Re: Picnic on the Munro - 100th Scottish Hill with Kids

Postby Tim-Lakes » Sat Apr 02, 2022 4:17 pm

Its a nice walk and a hill with expansive views - definitely one to save for a good day. Well done all.
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Re: Picnic on the Munro - 100th Scottish Hill with Kids

Postby WalkingWithKids » Sun Apr 03, 2022 8:11 pm

NeepNeep wrote:How funny. I drove past there on Friday and saw your car. It was the last new Munro I did last year so was interested in who else was doing it. I did think ‘Hello, I recognise that car….


:) That's nice. So hello! :wink:
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Re: Picnic on the Munro - 100th Scottish Hill with Kids

Postby WalkingWithKids » Sun Apr 03, 2022 10:05 pm

Tim-Lakes wrote:Its a nice walk and a hill with expansive views - definitely one to save for a good day. Well done all.


Thanks. Yes, the views are great! :thumbup:
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