A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff
by Del246 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:02 am
Route description: Meall Ghaordaidh from Glen Lochay
Munros included on this walk: Meall Ghaordaidh
Date walked: 17/12/2011
Time taken: 4.5 hours
Distance: 8 km
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We parked in the layby around 0830 and there were already 3 cars there (one had a walkhighlands car sticker but I didnt recognise anyone) so it was a popular decision.
You walk through some fields passing through a fence and then over a style. We then got a first view of our target.
Around 200 metres and it was staright into the snow
Even at this low level the surrounding hills were already looking good
It was then just a case of plodding on
This was taking ages as I kept taking pictures !!
The ice axe then came out and I got to learn about kicking steps, cutting steps etc, I loved it !!
We were then at the summit and I was blown away ! No I really was ! On the very summit and summit only it was like a snow storm but 20 metres lower you would never know !!
I then took quite a few pictures from the top. One word - awesome !!
Then the best part. On the descent I practiced ice axe arrest and some general sliding !!
All in all this is one of the best hills I have done in my first year. As the title says, its amazing how a Munro can be transformed by the magic white stuff !!
by dooterbang » Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:34 am
Did this in rain and howling gales....nice to see it like this.
Thanks for posting.
by Del246 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:53 am
by tomyboy73 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:22 pm
by Fudgie » Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:39 pm
by Mountainlove » Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:58 pm
by rockhopper » Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:51 pm
by Del246 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 2:53 pm
Mountainlove wrote:Really like the picture of the frozen trig point! Feels like there is even more snow than last weekend...hopefully it will all stay for next weekend!
Thanks Mountainlove. It was your post regarding Ben Vane, (which I loved) that had me itching to get back out.
by Del246 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 3:10 pm
- looking to Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin
by Del246 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 3:16 pm
tomyboy73 wrote:nice one Del, i think you`ve found the secret to doing boring hills and getting out in the snow without taking too many chances. think i`ll look up all those "boring" hills and earmark them for snow walks
Thanks Tomyboy. Having never done a proper snow covered Munro before I thought it was better to stick to a straightforward hill to learn on. Next stop weather permitting will be either Ben Challum or Glenshee.
by Del246 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 3:54 pm
Fudgie wrote:I did this a few weeks ago and I quite enjoyed it. The snow wasn't as low down but the wind at the summit was pretty much the same.
Thanks ! Although the trig picture looks peaceful I could hardly stand taking it !! I then realised why my mate had taken goggles as the snow being whipped up by the wind was rather sore !!
by SusieThePensioner » Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:00 pm
It always amazes me how things can look so great with a bit of snow, sun and blue skies
by Del246 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:41 pm
by Del246 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:18 pm