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Meall Ghaordaidh and search for spectre-Beinn nan Oighreag

Meall Ghaordaidh and search for spectre-Beinn nan Oighreag


Postby wilkiemurray » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:31 pm

Munros included on this walk: Meall Ghaordaidh

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn nan Oighreag

Date walked: 05/02/2012

Time taken: 6 hours

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Unfinished Business -Beinn nan Oighreag (and Meall Ghaordie)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLqtrlr8C2w&context=C35d43ecADOEgsToPDskJPg72bywFFvSfApUFpms_r[/youtube]
A couple of months ago we headed up these hills hoping to bag a Corbett and a munro, however time was not on our side and we did not make the summit of the Corbett.

So here I was a morning spare and a Corbett to bag. The weather report was great – sunshine above the inversion with the top of the cloud being between 500-900 metres. The height of Beinn nan Oighreag was 909m so I was confident of getting spectacular views. I was also hoping for a nice sunrise as I had been up very early and left the car in Glen Lochy by 6.30 am in the dark. There was a little fog but it was hard to tell how much in the dark.

As I reached the sheilings dawn was well underway and it was not looking good – no pink sunrises or pretty pictures. There was a layer of fog in Glen Lochay but also a layer of cloud which started about 650m. I had my doubts as to whether the Corbett summit would puncture this.
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whiteout and no sign of blue skies!

I trudged up and reach the summit ridge where thing looked promising. A few pockets of blue skie were coming into view not too far above my head as the cloud whisped past. At this point I was hoping that the summit was still a few hundred metres up as that would definetly puncture the cloud. However it was not to be and the summit was in the cloud. Reached there at 9ish. I hung around hoping for the cloud to drop however it didn’t and I set back down. :(

As I descended out of the cloud things were looking brighter and more bright spots appearing so I made the decision to traverse round to Meall Ghaordies SE ridge and hopefully hit the tourist path.
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promising signs on way down
It was a bit of a trudge put I was eventually on the tracks on the snow made by the weekend walkers. On reaching the top of the Munro there was still cloud whisping over the top and I was disappointed. However 5 mins later the views opened up and I got some great footage including some brocken spectres. Great feeling. I hung around for about 45mins.
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finally above the cloud looking south toward Ben Vorlich
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summit pic


On the way down I met one party of three heading for the summit., By the time they got there the cloud was lifting off all surrounding summits…… Was back at car for 13.30.
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west down glen lochay
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Last edited by wilkiemurray on Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:46 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Unfinished business and search for spectre

Postby fazerneil » Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:40 pm

There should be a way to submit these sort of reports to one of main tv channels, they could have an hourly programme once a week made up pf the photos and vids with no idiot talking over the top, just the recorded sound.
Fantastic report
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Re: Unfinished business and search for spectre

Postby munrogimp » Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:47 pm

My friend that is a superbly edited bit of footage which a) makes me need to up my postings game and b) allows me to see what the heck Meall Ghaordie looks like. I did a boring straight up and down in near white out last year. You win some, you lose some. You have certainly won with this day out.
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Re: Unfinished business and search for spectre

Postby wilkiemurray » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:07 pm

Thanks for the replies - starting making videos as another way to document the walks- still got a lot of improvements to make though :)
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