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Blue Sky and The Lawers Range Complete

Blue Sky and The Lawers Range Complete


Postby Del246 » Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:37 pm

Route description: Meall Corranaich and Meall a'Choire Leith

Munros included on this walk: Meall a'Choire Leith, Meall Corranaich

Date walked: 06/11/2011

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 9.5 km

Ascent: 740m

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So after reading Lomondwalkers report last week it reminded me that I had these two Munros still to do to complete the Lawers Range. It also reminded me that it can also be a very boggy walk, so I came up with a cunning plan ! I would wait until a clear spell of weather and for it to be very cold in the hope that the ground would be frozen ! Today was that day. So I hoped.

After a very foggy drive up which delayed me, I arrived at Lawers just after 8 this morning to catch sunset over Loch Tay.

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Sunset over Loch Tay


I managed to get the last parking space ( there is only room for 3 cars ) and set off from the large cairn. I decided to follow several WH members route and head to Meall a` Choire Leith first.

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Starting point cairn with Lochan na Lairige in the distance


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Lochan na Lairige


After the cairn I set off and my plan was working well. There was frost on the ground and it was quite solid but it didnt last long ! About 20 minutes in there was a large area of bog that was unavoidable. I was doing great until my pole collapsed under me ( my fault, I hadnt tightened it enough ) and in I went ! just above both knees ! Brill. I then got back on track and soon got a good view of my first target Meall a` Choire Leith.

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First look at Meall a` Choire Leith


After 1 hour 30 I was on my first summit and the views were great, lovelly blue skies.

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Meall a` Choire Leith summit


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Views from the 1st summit


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Looking to An Stuc


From here there is a good path to follow to the 2nd Munro. I must admit I really enjoyed this section, it was a nice wide ridge walk to Meall Corranaich.

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Ridge walk to second Munro


Walking along the ridge, one side was green and the other was still covered in frost.

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Following the ridge to Meall Corranaich


As I was getting closer to Meall Corranaich I had a look back along the path.

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Looking back along the ridge to Meall a` Choire Leith


As I approached Meall Corranaich the views were great, in particular I loved looking to Meall nan Tarmachan with Ben More and Stob Binnein in the distance.

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Looking to Meall nan Tarmachan with Ben More and Stob Binnein in the distance


I was soon on the summit of Meall Corranaich. That was all the Munros in the Lawers Range complete.

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Summit of Meall Corranaich with the Lawers Range in the background


The views were great. I doubt if there will be a better day in November for hill walking.
I then started to meet alot of people doing these hills although I was the only one going clockwise.
I then followed the fence posts back down to the car.

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Following the fence posts back down to Lochan na Lairige and the car. Meall nan Tarmachan in the background.


I was then back at the car in under 4 hours. Before driving off I had one last look back up to Meall Corranaich from the car.

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Looking back up to Meall Corranaich from the car.
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Re: Blue Sky and The Lawers Range Complete

Postby pollyh33 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:20 am

Fantastic Derek!!!

Isn't great when a plan comes together!!! Your patience paid off and you have fabulous photos to prove it!!

Well done that boy! :D
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Re: Blue Sky and The Lawers Range Complete

Postby Del246 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:17 am

Cheers Polly. This is a good one for this time of year when daylight is short.
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Re: Blue Sky and The Lawers Range Complete

Postby Fudgie » Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:29 am

The day before, I was on Ben More and it was very difficult to see where you were yesterday with the fog staying over the loch for a large part of the day. I'm thinking about this weekends walk so I'll keep in mind your advice about it being good for short days.
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Re: Blue Sky and The Lawers Range Complete

Postby rocket-ron » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:08 pm

Well done derek on finishing lawers. What a day it was yesterday. Some fog driving up to it.
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Re: Blue Sky and The Lawers Range Complete

Postby Graeme D » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:27 pm

Nice report and set of pics Del. Good use of a cracking little window of weather. I could probably have spotted you if I had squinted from my route on Meall Ghaordaidh and Beinn nan Oighreag. What a cracking day it was - I could hardly believe it was November! Maybe that was our summer! :lol:
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Re: Blue Sky and The Lawers Range Complete

Postby Del246 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:29 pm

Fudgie wrote:The day before, I was on Ben More and it was very difficult to see where you were yesterday with the fog staying over the loch for a large part of the day. I'm thinking about this weekends walk so I'll keep in mind your advice about it being good for short days.


Also remember dry and/or frozen days !!
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Re: Blue Sky and The Lawers Range Complete

Postby Del246 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:19 am

rocket-ron wrote:Well done derek on finishing lawers. What a day it was yesterday. Some fog driving up to it.


Glad you had a good day to Ron. Your not joking about the fog, it was like that the whole way from Glasgow.
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Re: Blue Sky and The Lawers Range Complete

Postby Del246 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:31 pm

Thanks Graeme. How was your hill ? Im going to try and do it before the year ends.
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