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Meall Ghaordaidh and Beinn nan Oighreag

Meall Ghaordaidh and Beinn nan Oighreag


Postby Gavin99 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:08 pm

Munros included on this walk: Meall Ghaordaidh

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn nan Oighreag

Date walked: 01/02/2012

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 15 km

Ascent: 1300m

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I had been meaning to attempt Meall Ghaordaidh for a while and wanted to combine it with the Corbett, Beinn nan Oighreag . Looking at old TRs I found a nice account of this route by Rockhopper , although I did it in reverse order for no reason whatsoever . I was parked up in Glen Lochay just after 0800 and set off on the well trodden path up towards the group of sheilings before heading NW up the long and gentle ridge which leads steadily to the summit of Meall Ghaordaidh .
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The going underfoot was great , hard frozen grass giving way to firm snow , the sun breaking through the clouds meant a very pleasant ascent .
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Looking east along Cam Chreag to Beinn nan Oighreag
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I was glad of the summit shelter ,by now the wind had strengthened from the SE and brought with it biting cold .I didn’t hang around long and set off , first NE then SE on a lovely hard surface to reach Cam Chreag , then onwards to pt 815 where I intended to descend into Lairig Luaidhe following a line of fenceposts marked on the 1:50k map .
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On towards Cam Chreag and pt815
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Cam Chreag
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On to pt 815
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Look back at descent from Meall Ghaordaidh
I started down but soon called a halt , too steep and icy for me , so I headed NE and found much easier though rocky ground which led me down with no trouble .
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Descent to Lairig Luaidhe
I found a nice boulder in the bealach to shelter behind and had a quick bite to eat and put on another layer , at this stage the sun was fighting a losing battle with the cloud and the wind was bitterly cold . From the bealach I headed straight up towards the long ridge of Meall nan Oighreag , roughly following the fenceline up the steep slopes , emerging onto the ridge 400m south of the summit.
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View N from ascent
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N along ridge
The summit is a great viewpoint , from the Carn Mairg group to the east to the Loch Lyon hills to the west . The 909m summit , so very nearly a Munro , is marked by a few rocks perched on a boulder , but there are two more substantial cairns on the outlying tops to the north , well worth the wander along the wide whaleback of a ridge for the views alone.
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MG , with Loch Lyon in the distance
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Summit , Meall nan Tarmachan and Ben Vorlich
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Cairn at 899m , Carn Gorm in distance
The descent is a nice walk , following the ridge south over Carn Shionnach, before crossing the Allt na h-Iolaire and picking up a track , this leads down to the sheilings and rejoins the outward route .
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Descending over Carn Shionnach
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Sheilings
A very nice wee circuit :D
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Re: Meall Ghaordaidh and Beinn nan Oighreag

Postby kevsbald » Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:31 pm

Jings, that looks a cold one. A nice doubler.
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Re: Meall Ghaordaidh and Beinn nan Oighreag

Postby rockhopper » Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:02 pm

Nice one Gavin - glad you could see more and got better views than I did - cheers :D
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Re: Meall Ghaordaidh and Beinn nan Oighreag

Postby PeteR » Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:19 pm

When I did Meall Ghaordaigh last year I was lucky to see the end of my nose :lol: I've vowed to return on a better day and add the Corbett to the route too. Loved your pictures :D Especially the icicle snaps :D Looked like an amazing day :D
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Re: Meall Ghaordaidh and Beinn nan Oighreag

Postby Gavin99 » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:38 pm

kevsbald wrote:Jings, that looks a cold one. A nice doubler.

It was cold indeed but the frozen bogs were a big help ,looks like it might be a wet one after a lot of rain :)
rockhopper wrote:Nice one Gavin - glad you could see more and got better views than I did - cheers :D

Thanks, your report on this came in very handy , the Corbett is a great wee hill ,smashing views :)
PeteR wrote:When I did Meall Ghaordaigh last year I was lucky to see the end of my nose :lol: I've vowed to return on a better day and add the Corbett to the route too. Loved your pictures :D Especially the icicle snaps :D Looked like an amazing day :D

Cheers Pete , there were all sorts of ice /rime formations on display , magic!
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Re: Meall Ghaordaidh and Beinn nan Oighreag

Postby davetherave » Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:45 pm

Looks like you had a cracker there Gavin, well done.

I wish we had managed this Corbett when we did Meall Ghaordaidh. Weather was as forecast for the day, poor in the morning but turning good later in the day. So we packed in after the Munro and headed back for the car, we then headed over to The Tarmachan ridge for the afternoon as the weather was turning in our favour. What a day it turned out to be.

Great pics by the way. :D
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Re: Meall Ghaordaidh and Beinn nan Oighreag

Postby quoman » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:33 pm

Good report and quality pic's you had a cracking day like the icicles photo's
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Re: Meall Ghaordaidh and Beinn nan Oighreag

Postby Gavin99 » Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:07 pm

Hi Dave , had a wee look at your Tarmachan TR ,you got a smashing afternoon for it , looking forward to doing it soon myself :)
Cheers Quoman :)
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Re: Meall Ghaordaidh and Beinn nan Oighreag

Postby arlo » Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:08 pm

Gavin,

Do you drive a red Citroen Berlingo with a walkhighlands.co.uk sticker on the back window? I saw that vehicle on 1/2/12: I parked behind it at around 9.30. I didn't see anyone on my walk (just Meall Ghaordaidh), perhaps you were out of sight on the Corbett.

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Re: Meall Ghaordaidh and Beinn nan Oighreag

Postby Gavin99 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:35 pm

Hi Richard , that was indeed my chariot , I set off at eight-ish so was a wee bit ahead of you. It turned out a fine day , little bit nippy though :)
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