by Woodsy Boy » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:56 pm
Route description: The Tarmachan Ridge
Munros included on this walk: Meall nan Tarmachan
Date walked: 23/01/2012
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With favourable weather reports and a couple of days off from work , the chance came to get back out on the hills.
Looking for somewhere not too far for a solo drive from Glasow and to mark up another munro i decided to tackle Meall nan Tarmachan.
Finally arriving after the drive i was looking forward to getting started and out into the fresh air but with fresh snowfall and a car with rear wheel drive the road up from the forest to the start caused me some problems and i wasted around 25 mins trying to get further up the road. So after reversing and finding somewhere to leave the car it was time to get the boots on and set off. Just as i was doing this another car was also struggling to gain any height so the driver just reversed and parked at the back of me.
After a short walk up the road i reached the gate to start the walk at 10am.
Follow the path down at the other side of the car park for around 20 metres then take a right and follow the path as it steadily rises towards the shoulder of the hill.
You keep to the path then go through another gate where you are now onto the slope up to the South East Top.
After a short descent from the S.E Top you cross another stile then it is the final push up to the true summit.
As i was reaching the top there was 3 blokes who i had quick chat with. They were up from Newcastle for the weekend taking in a few munros then driving back down after this , their final munro of the weekend.
Although the conditions were nice, crisp and clear it was still chilly up there and the fingers at times were very cold. Trying to take photos with gloves on and sometimes off was not ideal.
As in other reports there is a rocky section coming down off Meall Garbh which can be a bit dodgy in icy conditions and when i reached it , i just turned round again and went back up a few metres. Looking back down i aimed slightly to the right which takes you down through the grass which is a lot easier.
Coming down off Meall Garbh i was looking ahead towards the ascent of B,n,Eachan thinking it looked easy enough although as i started my ascent it turned out a bit steeper than it looked and i found myself really kicking steps and using my axe as i made my way up through the rocks and snow .
As i came down from Beinn nan Eachan i decided to leave the last top and just aim for the bealach and go for the walk out.
As i left the bealach i aimed South East past an old quarry onto a track taking me all the way back to the car park.
Arriving back at the car 5 1/4 hours later it had been an enjoyable day out on the hills.
by starrynights » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:14 am
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by Vick1 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:13 am
by dooterbang » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:11 pm
What a day to be out, jammy git!!
Glad you got to use your ice axe - been a while
by quoman » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:56 pm
Its good to see what the ridge looks like i done it in the clag last year but its one i will deffo do again
by pollyh33 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:29 pm
Absolutely stunning photographs and fabbie report- loved it
by Fudgie » Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:55 pm
by mgmt! » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:48 pm
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by Paula Hubens » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:35 pm
Woodsy Boy wrote:As in other reports there is a rocky section coming down off Meall Garbh which can be a bit dodgy in icy conditions and when i reached it , i just turned round again and went back up a few metres. Looking back down i aimed slightly to the right which takes you down through the grass which is a lot easier.
Thanks for this tip, it will come in handy when I do the Tarmachan Ridge this summer!
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by Johnny Corbett » Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:26 pm
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