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by Gordon Ballantyne » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:05 pm
Corbetts included on this walk: Carn Dearg Mor, Meallach Mhor
Date walked: 26/03/2012
Time taken: 9 hours
Distance: 25.7 km
Ascent: 1246mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Made a late start from Westhill - 7am and made the car park at Balnascriten by 9.30 - not before driving half way up the the Achlean road in auto pilot !
Loaded the bike up for my overnight camp at Lochan an t Sluic - walked most of the way up the glen due to the heat and my inability to make any progress up anything more than horizontal with the pedals.
Met a lovely lady from Rannoch who had just walked over the tops from Bruar, carrying a pretty big rucksack which made me feel quite inadequate with my mechanical aids ! Anyway, she was heading down the glen to catch the train back to Rannoch. (hope one of the keepers gave her a lift down the glen).
However, I continued the grind up Slochd Mor to Lochan an t Sluic to hurridly make camp & brew up.
Resisting the strong urge to just lie and fester in the afternoon sun, I headed up the track to Carn Dearg Mor.As I gazed around from the top at the surrounding hills, the next hill (Meallac Mhor ) looked miles away .
Anyway, trogged down the track and followed it round to its terminus to the SW of Carn Dearg Beag.
A quad track leads from the vehicle turnaround, down to the burn and up Meall an Dubh-Chaide. The track appears to peter out about half hight, but if one tracks over to the right, a line of shooting butts can be picked up taking you to the top of the summit ridge. I struck a line to the middle of the peat hag in the bealach between M an D-C and M Mhor, as I could just make out a faint track heading for the summit of Meallach Mhor from it.
With no wind and blazing sun it was really quiet on the summit of Meallach Mhor - almost surreal. On the way back to Lochan an t Sluic, I disturbed a small herd of stags while descending M an D-C, which must've moved there after I'd ascended. I elected to follow the track back round Carn Dearg Mor, as the path shown on the map which traversed at a lower level seemed to be blocked by fallen trees initially and as I didn't have the energy to plough a new furrow throught the forests, so I elected to return the same way. I did, however in my - by this time dazed state - manage to drop my map coming down the track. So if anyone finds a sheet 42 - please don't report me to the eco-mentalists, as there were mitigating circumstances - I was knackered !
Back at camp I sorted the hastily thrown-up tent and brewed an instant meal that I'm sure was less than 3 years old, before I fell asleep. Answering the call of nature during the night ( as people of our age do), even in my dopey state, the display of stars were really spectacular, with no light polution to interfere. We don't get many days on the hill like this, so I soaked it up and drifted off, to be ready for the morrows sojurn - see " The Long and Winding Road "
Last edited by Gordon Ballantyne on Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.
by Graeme D » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:31 pm
Gordon Ballantyne wrote: Answering the call of nature during the night ( as people of our age do), even in my dopey state, the display of stars were really spectacular, with no light polution to interfere. We don't get many days on the hill like this, so I soaked it up and drifted off, to be ready for the morrows sojurn
There's not much can beat it - it's what it's all about!
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