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Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh


Postby kevsbald » Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:57 pm

Route description: Creag Meagaidh circuit

Munros included on this walk: Creag Meagaidh

Date walked: 30/03/2012

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 1117m

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Was invigorated after a 4 day trip to Iceland (not with the mums though) and had taken in some of the most wonderful scenery ever. I was quite sad coming back to Scotland after the spectacular beach at Vik in the South.
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The Vik beach and beyond - beautiful
I needed a great Scottish mountain to cheer me up and as the day was warm and sunny, Creag Meagaidh was the medication. I set off quite late in the day but the sun followed (and roasted) me through Coire Ardair.
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Setting off into Coire Ardair
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Coire Ardair
The cliffs, lochan and remarkable nature of that glacial cleft never fails to amaze me. It is one of the best coires in Scotland.
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Stunning place to be
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I felt light of feet and hared up towards the Window.
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The Window
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Someone descends
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Lovely cornice
My plan was to grab the summit then return over the South side of the cliffs and take in a couple of airy shots. I wasn't to be disappointed.
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Approach to the summit - surprising shot


When I arrived at the cairn, the views were far with Schiehallion to the South-East, Nevis and beyond.
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I spoke briefly to a couple and the chap could be me in 20 years. He took the joke well but asked me my name just to make sure I wasn't a donor child I presume. I bad them farewell and galloped over towards the cliffs. Taking Meagaidh in from this angle, really does it justice and I sat out on a couple of the airy tops beside some small cairns, erected by the more courageous (or daft). At this point, a partner in crime would be useful but I wasn't going to try a 10-second shot and run for the vertiginous perch just in case I flew off the end - what a photo that would be.
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Fantastic 'Stob' - the best therapy


The trek back to the car felt like a bit of an anti-climax after the grandeur of what had gone before but I still had the Walkhighlands meet to look forward to. Furthermore, the Vik inhaler was no longer needed - Scotland isn't a bad place after all, is it?
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Re: Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Postby dooterbang » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:08 pm

would have like to see you fly off that little perch, in the name of humour like :D

Looking at that 1st photo....i think i would have stayed put!!

Nice wee circuit.
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Re: Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Postby mrssanta » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:08 pm

wow that looks fab. and some snow left too
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Re: Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Postby Graeme D » Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:42 pm

So that's where the tomato heid came from????? Another nice wee report Kev. Was great to catch up again on Friday night, albeit briefly. Now, which is further north - Creag Meagaidh or Vik Beach? :lol:
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Re: Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Postby kevsbald » Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:50 pm

At least I got Gasherbrum question right! :shock: Always good to see you mate - let's do Le Bhrotain for a night with Le Livet!
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Re: Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:52 pm

Couldn't agree more about the view to the Coire. When i did the three the Coire and Loch was at my back and spent more time looking behind me than where i was going :D
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Re: Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Postby Graeme D » Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:56 pm

kevsbald wrote:At least I got Gasherbrum question right! :shock: Always good to see you mate - let's do Le Bhrotain for a night with Le Livet!


Mais oui, mais oui! :D
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Re: Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Postby monty » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:04 pm

Nice set of photos Kev. We were in the clag on this round and saw heehaw. :D
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Re: Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:06 pm

Cráic ing pics a bhalaich and grand weather pah who needs the Lochlanaich they came ,they settled and were assimilated :lol:
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Re: Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Postby SMRussell » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:07 pm

Grand stuff to be sure :D The photo of the "Stob" with Lochan below is stunning.
Did this just the other weekend Creag Meagaidh was my 50th - my iced over foot prints may well appear in the "Approach to the summit" snap. I was so impressed with the views during our trip I gave the Grey Corries and Mams a quick bow of respect.
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Re: Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Postby Gable Gable End » Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:00 am

great report Kev. I really enjoyed this area, really great, expansive views.
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Re: Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Postby quoman » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:43 am

Hi Kev, looks stunning up there not much more to say.
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Re: Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Postby Sabbathstevie » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:31 pm

Great report Kev, have loved the look of this one ever since I found out about it and your pics (particularly the last one- :shock: ) have sold me even more!

How did you find the descent via Sron a' Ghoire? I had wondered if a good circuit might be to miss out the low level part altogether and ascend via the route as per WH description but descend via your route here...
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Re: Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Postby jimandandrea » Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:10 pm

Excellent report and stunning photies. :D

Looks like you managed to get over your withdrawal from Iceland. Although I have to say and I am sure you will agree when the sun shines in Scotland there is no where better.

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Re: Vik inhaler not required for Meagaidh

Postby Alan S » Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:14 pm

Excellent report Kev, Love that pic of the Stob 8)
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