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A view to a hill or two!

A view to a hill or two!


Postby jonny616 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:55 pm

Route description: A' Mharconaich and Geal Charn, Drumochter

Munros included on this walk: A' Mharconaich, Geal-charn (Drumochter)

Date walked: 19/11/2011

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 11.5 km

Ascent: 731m

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Parked at the area just off the A9 in front of the Balsporran Cottages in buoyant mood, as the summits were cloud free. The MWIS had said 10% chance of cloud free & at last we were in the right 10%. Having spent most of my time in the 10%, when there is a 90% chance of cloud free. :lol: :lol:
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The hills from the cottages
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Once you leave the track the path is one of the boggiest I’ve been on, but a straight forward climb with great views up & down the A9. The flat plateau of the two munro’s on the other side of the road were shrouded in cloud, but Meall Chuaich up the road was also cloud free.
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Bog Fest!!
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Meall Chuaich

Past the stone column & the summit was reached very quickly. At said stone column my friend Harry realised he had dropped his camera. :( Asked a guy on his way down to keep an eye out, having decided to push on a re ascend to look for the camera on the way back to the car.
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Summit cairn

Good views all around from the summit & then a short walk to the bealach at 739m.
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Summit Geal Charn
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The ridge of A' Mharconaich
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Alder range
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From the bealach back up to geal Charn


Up onto the ridge of A’ Mharconaich & a lovely stroll to the summit.
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Path to A' Mharconaich
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Millie eyes up a grouse
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Looking down the allt coire fhar to the A9
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Summit A' Mharconaich


Follow the line of the ridge all the way down & again the path becomes very boggy.
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The way down
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Looking back up at A' Mharconaich

We cut of & headed left to regain the track to start our camera hunt. Having to cross the river. I made a complete arse of using the stepping stones & landed calf deep in the water, but at least it cleaned my boots & gaiters. :lol:
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As the sun goes down


With the obvious exception of the lost camera a great wee walk.
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Re: A view to a hill or two!

Postby gedme » Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:50 pm

Stuck in work today :( so it is great to be able to come on and read such a great report cheers :) Oh sorry about losing your camera....And falling.
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Re: A view to a hill or two!

Postby jonny616 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:48 pm

gedme wrote:Stuck in work today :( so it is great to be able to come on and read such a great report cheers :) Oh sorry about losing your camera....And falling.


Thanks gedme

sorry you are stuck in work but hamg on in there you'll enjoy the hills even more
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Re: A view to a hill or two!

Postby Bod » Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:14 am

Well done you guys, you chose a good place to be yesterday with pretty decent looking weather. We're going to follow in your tracks one day soon in the snow.... :D
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Re: A view to a hill or two!

Postby jonny616 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:24 am

Bod wrote:Well done you guys, you chose a good place to be yesterday with pretty decent looking weather. We're going to follow in your tracks one day soon in the snow.... :D


Cheers bod

we are heading for that nice looking corbette we saw from the cobbler on tuesday if you fancy it!
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Re: A view to a hill or two!

Postby Bod » Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:42 am

jonny616 wrote:
Bod wrote:Well done you guys, you chose a good place to be yesterday with pretty decent looking weather. We're going to follow in your tracks one day soon in the snow.... :D


Cheers bod

we are heading for that nice looking corbette we saw from the cobbler on tuesday if you fancy it!


Sounds a fantastic idea, but got to work.....you enjoy! :D
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Re: A view to a hill or two!

Postby gedme » Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:56 pm

jonny616 wrote:
gedme wrote:Stuck in work today :( so it is great to be able to come on and read such a great report cheers :) Oh sorry about losing your camera....And falling.


Thanks gedme

sorry you are stuck in work but hamg on in there you'll enjoy the hills even more

Oh yeah doing A'Mharconaich and Geal Charn on 30th november.
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Re: A view to a hill or two!

Postby jonny616 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:35 pm

gedme wrote:
jonny616 wrote:
gedme wrote:Stuck in work today :( so it is great to be able to come on and read such a great report cheers :) Oh sorry about losing your camera....And falling.


Thanks gedme

hope the weather gods are kind

sorry you are stuck in work but hamg on in there you'll enjoy the hills even more

Oh yeah doing A'Mharconaich and Geal Charn on 30th november.
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Re: A view to a hill or two!

Postby rockhopper » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:43 pm

Great to get some decent views and weather on these hills - many reports seem to suffer from lack of visibility - cheers :D
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Re: A view to a hill or two!

Postby quoman » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:17 am

So thats what the view looks like :lol: done them on sunday 20th didnt get hardly any views
didnt see a camera anywhere :( would be good hills in the snow.
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Re: A view to a hill or two!

Postby jonny616 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:05 pm

rockhopper wrote:Great to get some decent views and weather on these hills - many reports seem to suffer from lack of visibility - cheers :D


Thanks rockhopper

we were lucky considering the weather forecast. You will get around all four no problem
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Re: A view to a hill or two!

Postby jonny616 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:08 pm

quoman wrote:So thats what the view looks like :lol: done them on sunday 20th didnt get hardly any views
didnt see a camera anywhere :( would be good hills in the snow.


Hi quoman

we did the other two in snow.Much better
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Re: A view to a hill or two!

Postby rockhopper » Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:21 pm

jonny616 wrote:
rockhopper wrote:we were lucky considering the weather forecast. You will get around all four no problem
:lol: Spent a day and a half at the end of May for the munros and the corbett - weather was very mixed with intermittent views just like yours. As noted above, would be good in the snow - cheers :D
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