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Meall Chuaich

Meall Chuaich


Postby niblue » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:54 am

Route description: Meall Chuaich, Drumochter

Munros included on this walk: Meall Chuaich

Date walked: 23/04/2011

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 610m

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As I hadn't done any Munro's since 2005 I decided to pick an easy one and, as my wife Fiona still had a couple to finish off in section 5, we picked Meall Chuaich, even though I'd done it before a few years back. Driving up from Edinburgh the weather was quite nasty but at the start near Dalwhinnie the rain had stopped and it was fine.

As the first 2-3 miles to the hill is pretty flat and on a good track we used mountain bikes to approach - Fiona on her Inbred and me on my Cotic BFE (massive overkill but the only bike I have with flat pedals on). Cycling into the bothy was fine, other than one little lying-down on the track incident from Fiona.

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With the bikes locked behind the bothy we wandered our way up the path which was a bit boggy in places. Conditions weren't bad, leading to Fiona taking off her waterproofs - not something that's all that common in Scotland!

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We then wandered our way to the top with the last thousand feet or so being in the clouds so no view (shame as it's a good view point over Dalwhinne towards Ben Alder) and definite problems keeping my glasses clear (I knew I should have went with the contact lenses). We met one chap who was heading down after what must have been a very early start but arrived at the top alone.

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Two other walkers arrived soon afterwards (also posters on here) and another a little bit later. We had a chat and some food then headed down, passing quite a few others who were heading on the way up. Picking up the bikes at the bothy we were soon back to the car. Total time was 3:24 according to my Garmin, with 02:40 of that "moving" time - so I think the bikes saved about an hour or so.

On the drive home it was raining quite heavily in places so I think we were lucky with the weather.
niblue
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Re: Meall Chuaich

Postby monty » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:02 pm

Shame about the weather but its not a bad walk. Its good to meet other Walkhighlanders in the hills. :D Were you surprised with the big cairn?
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Re: Meall Chuaich

Postby niblue » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:08 pm

I wasn't surprised by the big cairn this time, but I was the first time I climbed the hill - although I'm convinced there was more than one Cairn back then!
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