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A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

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

Ascent: 980m

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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby steven65 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:32 am

Hi Del , we met briefly on the hill yesterday - on the summit , you or your mate took my foto at the cairn ?
I was 1st off from the lay by just after 8am - my Clio has the WH sticker on the rear window . So i was 1st onto the hill ploughing through virgin snow which was very tirring. Looking back down i saw various folk making their way up . About 200 -300 M after the fence - which was trying to hide under the snow 2 guys passed me -jokingly thanking me for clearing a path :) adding i`d find it easier following their tracks, after the "easier"platteau section at roughly 700M a young couple passed me , again thanking me for clearing the way. I`d be easy to spot from below , all 17st of me silhoueted against blue sky & the snow :lol: Finally on the last 30 M you & your mate passed me & we all summitted together , i tried to go into the shelter but it was full of snow 4ft deep. The wind was horrific , so after 2 mins & fotos i retreated to have my coffee & piece out of the wind. The rest was bliss , i found the pace quite hard with the snow - taking over 5 hours , but it wasn`t a race & i enjoyed my day -well worth the effort, amazing views. I didn`t take Oskar with me due to the snow , hopefully we`ll be out together before Ne`er Day.
Hopefully come across you again on a fine hill !
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Me trying to stand upright at the summitt .
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Couldn`t resist this either , great fun :D
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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby MarilynMunro » Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:35 am

Congrats on your day out, the first photos don't even hint at what was lying in store for you on top, cheers for posting some great photos.
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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby Del246 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:28 am

Hi Steven

Nice to finally meet another WH member on a hill !! I was the one who took your picture on the summit so im glad it turned out ok as I could hardly stand still with the wind when I took it !! I to found the walk up the hill through the snow a bit of a struggle as you may remember I was moaning about the man flu :( !! In saying that you would of been worse making the first foot steps in the snow for eveyone to follow :lol: !! Maybe I should rename one my pics above from "follow the footsteps" to "following Stevies footsteps" :lol: Glad you had a good day and nice meeting you.
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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby lomondwalkers » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:05 pm

Nice one Del, still to do this one, and after your report it's firmly on my winter radar. Some cracking pics there 8)
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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby Del246 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:30 am

Your welcome MarilynMunro. Thanks for the feedback.
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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby pollyh33 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:56 pm

This can't be the same hill I climbed not that long ago!!!!

You had snow, blue skies, spectacular views and fun!!!! :( :(

So glad you had a smashing day out, you deserve it after all the dreich weather you normally get :lol:
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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby trekpete » Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:20 pm

It's a great hill for winter walking and the views are pretty good as well. It is fairly boring in summer conditions and a bit boggy if I remember right.
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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby Del246 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:43 pm

lomondwalkers wrote:Nice one Del, still to do this one, and after your report it's firmly on my winter radar. Some cracking pics there 8)


Cheers. Hope you get conditions like I got when you get round to this one.
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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby kevsbald » Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:46 pm

Such a benign hill in summer looks so splendid in its Winter claes - fab. :)
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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby Del246 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:55 pm

pollyh33 wrote:This can't be the same hill I climbed not that long ago!!!!

You had snow, blue skies, spectacular views and fun!!!! :( :(

So glad you had a smashing day out, you deserve it after all the dreich weather you normally get :lol:


Lol Polly, your right ! My last 4 - Meall Buidhe, Stuchd an Lochain, Beinn a` Chochuil and Beinn Eunaich have all been rotten weather :( . 1 short now of my target of 30, please let there be some decent weather between Christmas and the New Year !!
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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby Del246 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:57 pm

trekpete wrote:It's a great hill for winter walking and the views are pretty good as well. It is fairly boring in summer conditions and a bit boggy if I remember right.


Think your right. There are a few I have been keeping for winter due to them being boggy, Ben Challum which I plan too do soon.
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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby Redrock » Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:48 pm

Good old Meall G - scrubs up well with the white stuff! :lol: But I reckon it's always windy at the very top! You've got some great photos there! Winter does have it's special times! Thanks! 8)
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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby Del246 » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:01 pm

kevsbald wrote:Such a benign hill in summer looks so splendid in its Winter claes - fab. :)


Cheers. Your spot on !!
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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby Del246 » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:51 pm

lomondwalkers wrote:Nice one Del, still to do this one, and after your report it's firmly on my winter radar. Some cracking pics there 8)


Your definitely right. A great hill for the winter. I think in summer it would be a bit of a plod but the snow takes your mind of it !!
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Re: A Hill Transformed By The Magic White Stuff

Postby Del246 » Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:04 pm

Redrock wrote:Good old Meall G - scrubs up well with the white stuff! :lol: But I reckon it's always windy at the very top! You've got some great photos there! Winter does have it's special times! Thanks! 8)


Windy is putting it mildly :lol: Thanks for the feedback.
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