Drumochter 7 and The Sow of Atholl
by rockhopper » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:16 pm
Munros included on this walk: A' Bhuidheanach Bheag, A' Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain, Càrn na Caim, Geal-chàrn (Drumochter), Meall Chuaich, Sgàirneach Mhòr
Corbetts included on this walk: The Sow of Atholl
Date walked: 28/05/2011
Time taken: 16.5 hours
Distance: 59 km
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59km : Walk 46.5km / Bike 12.5km
16.5hrs : Walk/bike 12.75hrs / Stops, farffing with bike, crossing stream etc 3.75hrs
The original plan was to cover these 8 hills together with the Graham, Creag Ruadh, in one big loop with an overnight camp on a dry, hot, sunny end of May holiday weekend. Well, that was the plan right up to late on the Friday evening with everything packed ready. However,....with the weather forecast worsening, I decided that I was getting a bit old to be lugging a 17kg pack through driving rain, sleet and snow and gale force winds.
So, very late on the Friday evening, the plan changed dramatically. Decided to cover them off in 3 sections enabling me only to have to carry a day pack leaving the tent etc in the car. Left a little later than normal on the Saturday morning due to having to repack, get the bike ready etc.
Saturday 28 May morning/afternoon - West Drumochter 4 plus the Sow of Atholl
GPX with reduced trackpoints for WH upload:
Arrived at the lay-by where the Coire Dhomhain meets the A9. Weather looking a bit mixed and windy. Boots and waterproofs on and headed off on the bike to cycle up to the Balsporran cottages where I locked up the bike at the edge of the car park. It was raining on and off but with bright spells in between.
by Del246 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:42 pm
by pigeon » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:56 pm
by ChrisW » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:10 pm
I'm leaving the Primark flip flops alone......but a picture of em on the feet in the near future is called for I reckon
by lomondwalkers » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:09 pm
by Graeme D » Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:41 pm
rockhopper wrote:I decided that I was getting a bit old to be lugging a 17kg pack through driving rain, sleet and snow and gale force winds.
Surely not! And just as you're getting into your stride and finding your niche with these multi-day wild camp epics! Great stuff Rockhopper - loved it. Bit miffed to see that some vandal has removed my stone 100 from A' Mharconnaich though.
by malky_c » Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:03 am
by Gable Gable End » Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:58 pm
Myself and weemistermac did BA & Friend on Friday in *horrendous* conditions and decided that Saturday would be exactly the same and decided to come back another day.
by rockhopper » Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:10 pm
The gps is sort of usable, del and pigeon - have put some weatherproof tape over it to hold the screen together.
Decided against posting a photo of feet and flipflops this time, chris - my size 7 feet aren't a nice sight
Conditions were OK, lwalker, in between the bad weather spells - it's just that the latter got longer and the former got shorter
Graeme - You young whippersnappers don't know what it's like for us oldies with our old bones in that weather - just wait until it's your turn
yup malky, would agree with you there on the reputation - I particularly liked the west hills and views over Loch Ericht
GGE - don't get too annoyed - the weather window for views over Ben Alder was quite short before the rain/snow came over again but did make for some nice weather shots
by jonny616 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:31 pm
by andygunn23 » Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:28 pm
rockhopper wrote: Got changed (tricky at the side of the A9), had some lunch and drove off home. It had certainly been a bit of a mixed bag over the last day and half but still very enjoyable and good to get out and about. Back home mid afternoon. Roll on the warmer, sunnier days.
Great read! Weather looks pretty tragic so planning a similar trip this weekend. Hopefully get the 6 and The Sow of Atholl I did Meall Chuaich in the rain a while back so I know how challenging getting changed at the side of the A9 is .
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