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Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2

Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2


Postby dooterbang » Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:42 pm

Route description: Creag Meagaidh circuit

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chaorainn (Glen Spean), Beinn Teallach, Carn Liath (Creag Meagaidh), Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair

Date walked: 24/07/2011

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 27 km

Ascent: 1850m

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Bright and breezy, full of vim, (god knows how with Woodsys nostril inflamed turbo charged snoring all night - and sheet tearing farting) and eager to take on the challenge of the Creag Meagaidh 5.

We woke at 6am and as usual Woodsy took forever to be ready - left the bunkhouse at 7.30am.
Parked at the Creag Meagaidh car park and took off at 8.30am.
For those familiar with doing the 5 munros you know a bike or another car should be left at the finish which is 10mile down the road....we had decided to take a chance and hitch a lift :shock:

The start
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Follow the path NW that leads to the house
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Pass the house to the right and head North up a good path
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Take in the views SW
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Apart from one boggy section through Aberarder forest the path to the summit is well defined.
I was flying up this, yesterdays efforts not registering at all, and was soon on the plateau and heading the 100m East to the summit - Woodsy was way behind, i guess he had used all his wind power last night :D
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Summit reached in 1hr 15m.
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The wind was strong and i was feeling the cold slightly. I put on my outershell to protect me - i had forgotten my cape!
Woodsy arrived 15mins later and we sat for another 15. Again this would be the pattern at every summit, moi having a 30 minute break :?

To reach munro numero 2 head along the plateau West
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The view to coire ardair from Munro No 2 Poite Coire Ardair is mesmerising
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We sat here for 30mins and enjoyed the stunning view. We had these hills to ourselves the full day, which i couldnt believe being such a fine day :?

Creag Meagaidh lay ahead S up the ridge then SW across the plateau.
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When walking last weekend the guys kept seeing frogs, i never seen any....but today i did :D
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Views North to Lochan Uaine
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Summit of Creag Meagaidh
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After another break and enjoying the sunshine we headed to what would be the difficult part of the walk to link in the 2 final Munros of Beinn Chaorain and beinn Teallach. 5k to reach Chaorain, another 5k for Tealach and a 5k walk out.

Head West and follow the fence posts
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This was a huge plateau and on several occasions wild deer crossed our paths
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The ridge South to Chaorain soon appeared
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Just before heading south to the summit you glare on the most wonderful of views West
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Summit of Beinn Chaorain
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Again we soaked up the rays - what a fantastic day to be out wandering the hills :D

To reach the final Munro was pathless down the western slopes of Choarain to a cairn at Tom Mor.
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Woodsy then took the normal route up Teallach via its Northern ridge. I was feeling adventurous and took a direct steep route up coireachan garbh to then join the main path to the summit, hard going but fun.
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Summit of beinn teallach - Munro No 5
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South to loch treig
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All that was left was the descent South to the forest - views SW incredible
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Skirt round the forest and follow the path
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Cross the river and take a well defined path West through the forest
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Take the first right along the path and your 1k from the roadside.
Just before the road is a bench to have a rest and change gear if needed.

Across the road is stunning views east
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The heat was now pounding and i didnt fancy walking/running 10mile to the car :shock:
luckily i have a fine set of pins and hitched a lift within minutes :D
Big thanks goes out to the couple from Edinburgh who had been exploring Dams in Fort Augustus.

Got to the car and headed down the A9 to Glasgow.

Absolutely fantastic weekend spent with my mate Woodsy.....met some nice folk, walked some splendid hills, viewed outstanding scenery, enjoyed a pint in a village pub, got a suntan (burn) but most of all forgot about everything that the modern world throws at you to just enjoy the simplicity of nature. Cant wait to do it all again next week :D 8)
Last edited by dooterbang on Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2

Postby kinley » Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:48 pm

Cracking trip 8)

Well out of my fun zone but some great looking conditions. :D

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:shock: It's one thing falling in love with the hills......but someone seems to want to take things to the next level

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Re: Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2

Postby dooterbang » Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:52 pm

kinley wrote:Cracking trip 8)

Well out of my fun zone but some great looking conditions. :D

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:shock: It's one thing falling in love with the hills......but someone seems to want to take things to the next level

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It was the heat Kinley :shock:

Mountain Porn - Dooter Style :lol:
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Re: Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2

Postby PeteR » Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:42 pm

Amazing feat by both of you. Tried to pick a favourite picture there, but couldn't. They were all superb :D And what a day for these five as well. Surprised you had them all to yourselves on such a good day 8) Don't know how you guys manage to speed round these hills so quickly though. These are definitely two separate routes for me :lol:
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Re: Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2

Postby mountainstar » Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:55 pm

"forgot your cape"?
So has the movie star Nicolas Cage now taken over the mantle of Batman? ....no wonder you fly up them hills!
love your report and pictures as normal.
mountainstar reading this from way out in South Uist by a magic phone :-)
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Re: Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2

Postby pigeon » Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:48 pm

Nice one dooterbang,enjoyed my jaunt up that way on friday ,looking to get to these ones soon but think it will be a 2 day trip for me as well ,hope the weather is as good this weekend 8)
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Re: Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2

Postby dooterbang » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:05 pm

mountainstar wrote:"forgot your cape"?
So has the movie star Nicolas Cage now taken over the mantle of Batman? ....no wonder you fly up them hills!
love your report and pictures as normal.
mountainstar reading this from way out in South Uist by a magic phone :-)
Aye rubb it in ya Welsh Wabbit :(
Hope your having a great time old fella :D
Jammy git 8) 8)
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Re: Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2

Postby mountain thyme » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:10 pm

dooterbang wrote:
kinley wrote:Cracking trip 8)

Well out of my fun zone but some great looking conditions. :D

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:shock: It's one thing falling in love with the hills......but someone seems to want to take things to the next level

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It was the heat Kinley :shock:


i was wondering that myself what you were doing to that poor rock!!!
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Re: Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2

Postby LeithySuburbs » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:18 pm

Not very impressive - even Monty managed these 5 on the last WH meet :lol: .
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Re: Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2

Postby andrewdoggett » Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:25 am

I don't know, humping rocks, what is the world coming to... :lol:

Gorgeous pics... :clap:
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Re: Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2

Postby pollyh33 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:52 pm

Another great report DB.

Woodsy is some guy! He climbs mountains, writes the best TR's ever and also runs marathons!!! Anything he can't do??? :D

PS is he looking for sponsorship for his NYC run?
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Re: Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2

Postby Woodsy Boy » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:38 pm

Haha , thanks for the compliment pollyh33.

I will do a sponsor sheet for the N.Y Marathon although i havn't decided which charity to run it for yet.
A good chance it will be Macmillan or another cancer charity though.
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Re: Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2

Postby Greigers » Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:22 pm

haha nice photo of kermit and co :p but what better way to spend a weekend looks like you got decent weather too
i personally cant wait till next climb, Well Done
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Re: Loch Laggan Weekender - Day 2

Postby pollyh33 » Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:09 am

Woodsy Boy wrote:Haha , thanks for the compliment pollyh33.

I will do a sponsor sheet for the N.Y Marathon although i havn't decided which charity to run it for yet.
A good chance it will be Macmillan or another cancer charity though.


Brilliant choices, just let me know how to get some money to you.

Now while you're there you couldn't nip into A+F and get me some jeans!!! :lol: :lol:
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