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Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil

Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil


Postby gman » Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:42 pm

Route description: Meall Glas and Sgiath Chuil from Glen Dochart

Munros included on this walk: Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil

Date walked: 30/09/2011

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 15.75 km

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Did the Ben Vorlich 2 at Loch Earn last Saturday & the paths were fairly busy, even a queue for the scramble. These 2 aren't as popular but the've got their own character. Might not have been as much fun if it had been raining all week & the ground was boggier though!

Got to Auchessan just after 9 & parked on grass verge facing Crianlarich, when I got back others were parked in front of me so couldn't see oncoming traffic too well when pulling out(!). Started off road to farm about 9:30
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Went past all white buildings & barn on right - half a dozen dogs ran out of the barn to say hello/bark insanely. Were called back by voice from barn. Then through a couple of gates to the fence round woodland area. They've marked the paths with white discs showing footprints.
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Bit muddy on the route between fence & burn but not too bad, there had been a couple of dry days before. Looking back down you get a view of Ben More - handy to remember where the start/finish point is relative to this as the route is often pathless.
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Eventually got to end of fenced woodland and the path petered out, but followed the burn till the sleeper bridge & dam were reached.
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Took compass bearing from dam & headed up towards the crags.
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For most of this route I was the only person on the hills (with a couple of deer for company) so I was glad I've started using walking poles since you get extra grip on boggy ground and steep descents on grass.
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Further up you get a better look at the crags, headed straight for them and it's easy to walk around to the peak. There are a few stalker's paths on these hills but they seem to bypass the summits.
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The cairn is just behind the crags - one down, but still the descent/climb to Beinn Cheathaich to come.
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The grass is very steep on the descent so poles came in handy, at the bottom there's more boggy ground to cover before heading upwards.
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Couldn't find a path so it was straight across to the ridge at the north side, there was a faint path once I was heading upwards. Then on to the cairn - wind picking up by now.
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From here it's an easy ridge walk to Meall Glas, met 4 guys coming from the summit .
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From the cairn, I just headed back down & tried to follow the route. Couldn't find any path or burn to follow so I just headed for the left hand side of Ben More with Meall Glas behind me:
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Eventually the fenced wooded area came into view & I knew I was going to the right of it. Then I found the burn with a path at the side, but the direct route I took was OK too & was a bit more interesting than following a path. Next there's a style over the fence (seen from Auchessan side):
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Straightforward from here back to the farm.
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Re: Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil

Postby monty » Sat Oct 01, 2011 6:06 pm

Well done Gman. Good report with some nice photos. I did these from the north in blazing sunshine. :D
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Re: Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil

Postby ChrisW » Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:54 pm

Nice report gman and some cracking photo's with great colours :D
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Re: Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil

Postby jester » Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:07 pm

I did these in winter, very enjoyable hills. Did you see any signs regarding deer stalking on the access road?
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Re: Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil

Postby jester » Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:22 pm

Checking my photos I couldn't find one of the trig point. :?
Turns out that is Beinn Cheathaich and I didn't do that one. For a minute I thought I'd went to a summit cairn instead of a trig! :crazy:
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Re: Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil

Postby gman » Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:33 am

There was a sign, think it was on the access road bridge, if there's any stalking they'll try to mark alternative hillwalking routes with posts.
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Re: Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil

Postby pollyh33 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:39 am

Smashing report. I did these two from Glen Lochay a few months back. Really enjoyed them despite my moaning. I think the Glen Lochay route is slightly easier :?
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Re: Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil

Postby lomondwalkers » Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:28 pm

Nice one gman, I fancy these with a wee covering of snow and the bogs frozen over :D
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