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A family evening stroll up Meall Buidhe

A family evening stroll up Meall Buidhe


Postby mountain-ju-drop » Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:13 pm

Route description: Meall Buidhe

Munros included on this walk: Meall Buidhe (Glen Lyon)

Date walked: 03/07/2011

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Wanting to make the most of the mid summer light evenings and the sudden heat wave we were experiencing (you never know when it will be dry again!) we set out from Perth and headed for Loch an Daimh - listening to the last few rallies of Novak Djokovic as he defeated Rafael Nadal along the way. What a glorious afternoon/evening and hardly a cloud in the sky! Were we being a little ambitious taking the 10 year old up a Munro in the evening when we had already bagged Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich the day before??? (Yes :( and then definitely no :D as it turned out.)

The drive took longer than we expected, a full 2 hours, so we set off at 6.30pm a little later than planned.

We met one guy and his dog coming down the hill and there was a camper parked by the dam but otherwise we had the whole place to ouselves.
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The start of the track

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The tiny cairn that marks the start of path 1

There were loads of orchids on the lower part of the hillside so some time was taken admiring and photographing them.
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The obligatory orchid photo

The views quickly open out.
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Panorama of the view behind us taken by my daughter

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The path was clear most of the way and altho there were wet areas they were easily avoided.
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A very wet spot

Around this point Jacob hit the wall - bad mood, can't do it, he had to turn back, why did we bring him, why did we even have him in our family etc etc.... we made him eat something and encouraged him to carry on, he'd be pleased in the end etc etc..... a familiar routine!
We seemed to be under the only grey cloud in the whole of central Scotland - in more ways than one!
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The grey cloud hanging over us

Once the 917 point was clearly in sight Jacob didn't hang about and we were up on the summit ridge enjoying the flatter, stonier terrain.
The views were amazing, a little cloudier to the NE but the panorama of silouhetted hills to the west was spectacular.
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The grey cloud posed for some photos and then disappeared

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The summit cairn - smiles all round now!

We spent a good half an hour at the summit messing about, taking pics and eating a lot! We wished we had brought a tent up as it was so beautiful an evening and so peaceful and the scenery so fab that we didn't want to leave.
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We tried to spell out HIKE but getting the E began to involve the use of appendages not suitable for general viewing!

The sun was starting to set as we forced ourselves down hill again.
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The posse posing
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Ben Lawers group
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Loch an Daimh

We walked through a skutch of highland cows on the track back to the car..... they let us pass no bother but when we got back to the car discovered they had knocked a wing mirror off!! :shock:
We drove off around 10pm and didn't get home til nearly midnight but Jacob was heard to say "We should do more Munros in the evening, we'd get through them all quicker that way!" The perfect start to the school holidays! :lol: :wink:
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Re: A family evening stroll up Meall Buidhe

Postby dooterbang » Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:10 pm

Fantastic family report, well done guys.

I did this Saturday afternoon and was blown away with the views, superb hill.
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Re: A family evening stroll up Meall Buidhe

Postby Paul Webster » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:19 pm

Lovely report, like the shadows and the posing posse pics :) Jacob looks really happy once he got to the top.
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Re: A family evening stroll up Meall Buidhe

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:40 pm

Great to see out and about with the whole family,hope Jacob has now got the bug,its a great pastime
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Re: A family evening stroll up Meall Buidhe

Postby mountain-ju-drop » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:19 pm

gammy leg walker wrote:Great to see out and about with the whole family,hope Jacob has now got the bug,its a great pastime

Thanks - it is great to be up hills together. He has def got the bug - he's bagged 35 now - but motivation often deserts him on the ascents!!!

Paul Webster wrote:Lovely report, like the shadows and the posing posse pics :) Jacob looks really happy once he got to the top.

Thanks. Yep he was dancing about at the summit!

dooterbang wrote:Fantastic family report, well done guys.

I did this Saturday afternoon and was blown away with the views, superb hill.


Ralph Storer's book says you'll be loathed to leave the summit and it was certainly true for us. BTW we nearly missed the turn to Loch Daimh too and there was 5 of us looking for it!
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Re: A family evening stroll up Meall Buidhe

Postby kinley » Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:32 pm

You don't see many family walk reports so well done all of you :D

It is a superb viewpoint - I'm sure we'll go back again 8)

Cheers :D
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Re: A family evening stroll up Meall Buidhe

Postby Del246 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:30 pm

Great report and pics. I really like the one with your shadows !!
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Re: A family evening stroll up Meall Buidhe

Postby mountainhair » Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:51 am

sounds cool :D :D
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Re: A family evening stroll up Meall Buidhe

Postby Gable Gable End » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:52 am

those photos are great; I was considering heading here last weekend after the Glen Lyon 4 but may well head here next Thursday evening with the missus
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