by Team Chisholm » Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:41 am
Route description: Meall Chuaich, Drumochter
Munros included on this walk: Meall Chuaich
Date walked: 11/12/2011
Time taken: 5.2 hours
Distance: 14.5 km
Ascent: 638mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Quickly we arrived up at Loch Chuaich and could see Meall Chuaich clearly rising above us dusted in good snow covering with path still pretty visible. Mars and bar and drink all around and off we went upwards on what was wind blown base layer of snow which in the main held us as we slipped around on main ascent.
Hares and grouse all over the place and Bobby (English Springer) got the closest to making contact with his long ambition of catching these long legged white brutes although after a good effort he returned tongue hanging into the snow to re think his strategy for future munro's.
Up onto the ridge and onwards to the summit with walking conditions snowy but good and scenery spectacular looking over the Ben Alder range , some discussion on spring trips took place at this point. Onto a cold top with great views over to Cairngorms and also down Loch to Ben Alder.
Quick lunch and cup of tea before the very quick descent back down and huge hilarity as bog monster managed to go up to his middle in an innocent looking wee crossing.
Good to see Cameron aged 10 knocking off his 26th and first winter Munro and loving it , interest in ice axe raised as we seemed to only group without one , any advice on this area welcome.
A first short post after having used others to plan our first foray into Munro's.
by spiderwebb » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:39 am
Re the axe debate, we had them but not used on this one, although certainly had the snow been harder then I think they would have come out on the descent and reascent we took down the north slope to the Loch and up to the Graham. When its soft its not so necessary. My rule of thumb is that if I took a slip would I stop or would I slide into oblivion, if the latter then axe is needed !
Great pics, I didn't take my dog/s due to the snow, I think they need a trim to lessen the snowballs !!
by Team Chisholm » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:51 am
Route back down to loch looks like the better and would have made round trip, have biked through track past loch before. Not sure dog would thank us for leaving him behind and his short coat most likely hoped him although deep snow caused his male parts some red chaffing (nasty place to be chaffed) ice axe comments make complete sense and my only concern is that I am sure my son would axe the dog long before the side of a hill. Can see some training on the when to use and how to use parts.
by Johnny Corbett » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:59 am
by spiderwebb » Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:19 pm
Got another wants to understand a bit more on axe use, maybe need to find a suitable slope and have a little session some time. Not suggesting I'm an expert, as I think even going on a course will give you the basics and then its a case of finding said slope (one thats steep enough to slide but runs out gently with no hard obstacles in the way) and practice, but having used mine in anger twice (on same trip) some 25 years after the course, trust me you don't forget !!
First two tips from my experience (probably start another debate on this ! ), axe in the uphill hand and adze (the non pointy end) pointing forward the way your going.
by Team Chisholm » Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:38 pm