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Mother nature at her best.

Mother nature at her best.


Postby jonny616 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:29 pm

Route description: Meall Chuaich, Drumochter

Munros included on this walk: Meall Chuaich

Date walked: 07/02/2012

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 15.5 km

Ascent: 604m

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The mid week sneaky peak club was a solo effort again as no one could come out to play. The weather forecasts looking particularly peachy. I decided on this single as a fairly easy target. Left Glasgow at 05:30 & drove up with no traffic hic ups. Arriving at what I am sure will become known as the iconic lay-by 94 (Thanks Susan) by 07:45. Clear sky’s glorious colours oh happy day. Once ready walked up the road a short distance to the track & climbed the gate. Followed it until the junction with the main track & took a left turn continuing to the bridge before the power station building. Continue on the path over another bridge (loved the fact that all streams had a bridge!) & just before loch Chuaich took a right still on a track to the private bothy. Cross two more streams, again with bridges, & take the path on the left rather than follow the track up the Allt Coire Chuaich. Looking at the surrounding hills I wondered whether I might come back a different route to take in some high level sunshine. Followed the path up the broad ridge. In wetter conditions it would be a bog fest I’m sure. Today, solid with icy patches to avoid. Patchy snow started at about 600 meter & then the snow line at about 700 meters. Soft so no need for crampons. Occasionally still thigh deep, but not often. All the time I had been walking cloud had been building on the neighbouring peak of A’Mharconaich & as if by magic as I came over the shoulder of the domed summit it moved. I couldn’t see a thing & had to take & follow a bearing to the summit. I nearly cried, but kept my faith that it would move off again. Through the murk I spied a fence post then the cloud moved on WOW. I almost had a 360 degree panorama of Scotland. The Drumochter hills, the Ben Alder group, Creag Meagaidh & the Cairngorms. By the time I put my camera away my hands were stiff & sore with the cold. Gloved back up & on my way down sticking to the route up as the one annoying cloud was still hovering over my alternative decent route. Once down walked out to the Loch & had lunch before walking back to the car still grinning. 8) :D

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Meall Chuaich from the Lay-by
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Re: Mother nature at her best.

Postby SusieThePensioner » Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:36 pm

Great little report and loved your photos :D

jonny616 wrote:Arriving at what I am sure will become known as the iconic lay-by 94 (Thanks Susan) by 07:45.
My pleasure! :lol:

jonny616 wrote:The mid week sneaky peak club was a solo effort again as no one could come out to play.


Perhaps you need some more playmates to join your club??? :lol:
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Re: Mother nature at her best.

Postby SusieThePensioner » Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:37 pm

Perhaps you should change the day as well :lol:
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Re: Mother nature at her best.

Postby pigeon » Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:49 pm

Some great pics jonny,looks like this mid week walking is the way forward :lol:
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Re: Mother nature at her best.

Postby pollyh33 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:47 pm

Beautiful photos Jonny and a smashing report :D

So glad you posted this, I think Tomyboy and I are heading up there soonish :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: Mother nature at her best.

Postby kevsbald » Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:40 pm

Lancet Edge looks amazing doesn't it? Nice one.
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Re: Mother nature at her best.

Postby ChrisW » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:54 am

Fantastic Jonny, what happened to the old "red sky in the morning" saying (other than that patch up top where you held your nerve and got your just reward) this looks like a perfect day, lovely photos throughout :D
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Re: Mother nature at her best.

Postby jonny616 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:49 pm

SusieThePensioner wrote:Great little report and loved your photos :D

jonny616 wrote:Arriving at what I am sure will become known as the iconic lay-by 94 (Thanks Susan) by 07:45.
My pleasure! :lol:

jonny616 wrote:The mid week sneaky peak club was a solo effort again as no one could come out to play.


Perhaps you need some more playmates to join your club??? :lol:


Cheers Susan. All my playmates are currently gainfully employed, so midweek is difficult for them. :lol:
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Re: Mother nature at her best.

Postby jonny616 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:51 pm

pigeon wrote:Some great pics jonny,looks like this mid week walking is the way forward :lol:


Thanks Pigeon. Your not that far away from me & welcome to hook up with me anytime.
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Re: Mother nature at her best.

Postby jonny616 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:56 pm

pollyh33 wrote:Beautiful photos Jonny and a smashing report :D

So glad you posted this, I think Tomyboy and I are heading up there soonish :thumbup: :thumbup:


Cheers Polly

You'll love it. It's a great hill that is probably underrated. I would have it on my 'do it again list' :D You've done one of the two next to it, which i haven't so we could follow do Doots route & bag all three giving us both 2 new ticks. It only took him about 8 hours so i'm sure we could do it in 12 :lol:
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Re: Mother nature at her best.

Postby jonny616 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:58 pm

kevsbald wrote:Lancet Edge looks amazing doesn't it? Nice one.


It did look amazing Kev & i would have loved to be standing at the end of it. Just not sure i would have loved getting there :lol:
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Re: Mother nature at her best.

Postby jonny616 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:59 pm

ChrisW wrote:Fantastic Jonny, what happened to the old "red sky in the morning" saying (other than that patch up top where you held your nerve and got your just reward) this looks like a perfect day, lovely photos throughout :D


Cheers Chris. It was a fab day
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