Good Omen for the Early Bird
by skillinabottle » Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:31 pm
Route description: Meall Ghaordaidh from Glen Lochay
Munros included on this walk: Meall Ghaordaidh
Date walked: 28/01/2012
Time taken: 3.5 hours
Distance: 9.5 km
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And after 90 minutes walking, my day really did begin. The stars gave way to a rich glow filtering from the east, the almost linear clouds appearing to converge at the light source.
I spent more time staring in awe at the light, walking for 5-10 mins at a time before being forced to get the camera out again.
I was keen to gain height before the sun came up. Before long the sun popped up and the snow glistened.
The distinct outline of Ben Vorlich and Stuc A'Chroin looked inviting.
I made the most of taking in the brilliant colours on display, before turning towards Meall Ghaordaih.
I almost walked into some feathered friends - they didn't seem to mind me being there.
I had my axe and crampons with me but they weren't used. The last few hundred metres was mainly fresh snow over ice, easy enough to walk on so long as the ice wasn't exposed by the wind. I've added a few stock photos - me at summit, Glen Lochay and Glen Lyon. 2hrs 20min to the top, with plenty of stops.
Me at the top, a nice shelter around the trig point.
After the initial icy section, I made light work of the descent and was back at the car for just after 10. I met a group setting off, they asked if crampons were needed (I said take them!) and that they saw a lovely sunrise on the drive up. I didn't have the heart to tell them what they had missed.
As I drove by Loch Lubnaig, I just had to stop and get a pic or two. The place looked alpine, crisp still air, still water and glowing white hills. I like this last one quite a bit, once I did a certain something to it. No prizes for guessing!
I'm still buzzing from today's walk, and once the dust settles I still think it will rate amongst my top 3 hill days. Not bad for a sub 4hr jaunt on a supposed 2 star hill!
by tamw51 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:54 pm
Was up at half 4 but that was for work, i certainlt didnt get the worm! nice one1
by EwaMH » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:19 pm
by Fudgie » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:24 pm
by kevsbald » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:32 pm
by lomondwalkers » Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:10 pm
by davetherave » Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:15 pm
by yellowbelly » Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:47 pm
Well worth getting up early for - I can only get up that early in mid-summer!
by alfie » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:30 pm
by Alastair S » Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:01 pm
by RicKamila » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:49 am
yellowbelly wrote:Brilliant photos. Bet you wish the photo competition had already started.
And they are eligible for the photo competition. After the vote to decide the format, all February's entries will be photos taken in January
by skillinabottle » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:11 pm
by starrynights » Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:47 pm
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