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Stuchd an Lochain
by 2dalmatians » Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:06 am
Route description: Stuchd an Lochain
Munros included on this walk: Stuchd an Lochain
Date walked: 15/04/2012
Time taken: 4.5 hours
Distance: 8.5 km
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Anyway onto the walk report for the day. We arrived at the Lochan Daimh failrly early - 830ish I think and immediately struck up a conversation with a guy (Mark) who was just getting ready to set off on a longer walk, both munro's plus a couple of other hills in a circular route. After a bit of discussion he decided to tackle Stuchd an Lochain first as he didnt fancy the steep descent later in the day.
So we set off together although I advised him that my pace would be a lot slower than his I thought.
We walked together for around an hour I think before Mark set off on his own. I thoroughly enjoyed the coversation (in between gasping for breath) on the way up. We covered a multitude of topics (hillwalking, scary climbs, anoach eagach, Inn Pinn, Everest, Dolomites, Religion, is there a god?, Hare Krishna, Buddhism the price of houses, diabetes, healthy eating plans, walking poles - good or bad?, cars, alcohol - how to make moonshine!, work, dogs and much more!! )
Once Mark departed I managed to find my walking rythmn (dead slow to stop) and was much happier!! I got the camera going and managed to get some photos. Once up the initial steep climb the views really open up. The Lawers range was spectacular as always.
Then we got our first view of Stuchd an Lochain. Looking along the ridge - nice!!
MWIS had accurately predicted 90% summit clear however it was absolutely baltic up on the ridge. I may need to have a rethink about my layering. 2 long sleeve tee shirts and wind/waterproof softshell were not quite enough on the ridge but had me sweating buckets on the first climb up, resulting in a very cold walk along to the summit although the views and simply being in this wonderful environment were more than enough to take my mind off the cold. Ruby was neither up nor down by the weather and was running around like a demented rabbit as usual
It wasnt too long before we got our first glimpse of the little lochan below the summit cone.
Approaching the final climb it was clear care was needed as the patchy snow was slippy and although there is a clear path up, it is steep sided and a fall could have serious consequenses. At this point I also had not seen anyone else since Mark left. I had watched him climb up the final ridge from a long way off and make it look easy but then again we all have diffierent levels of capability/skill!!
And finally we reached the top after 2.5 hours.
The views were breath taking in all directions.
We didnt hang around for too long at the top as the cold was starting to bite. And still no other soul in sight until halfway along the ridge back I met a chap and young boy (his son I think). The weather looked like it might be turning for the worse, the chap said he had a survival bag if needed! I was a little concerned for them that no one else was around, however this eased as I passed several groups of walkers later on the way down.
I must admit I was really toiling on the way down and even now the following morning I can feel the walk in my legs. So I was in need of some strong motivation and then it hit me! I could head to the Lawers hotel to see if they had any of the chicked stuffed with Haggis and Black pudding that had been so delicious following my climb up An Stuc a few weeks ago? The hotel was "sort of" on the way home If I was quick I could get there, snaffle the food and still get home in reasonable time!! Ruby must have thought I was possessed - I was actually walking for more than 5 minutes without stopping!!
Made it back to the car after 4.5 hours and set off like a bat out of hell to the hotel. Was I disappointed???
NO CHANCE!!!! YA BEAUTY!!! SCRUMLICIOUS!!!!
Just another brilliant day out!!
- Now you don't!!
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by 2dalmatians » Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:09 pm
Russell I think I was still playing footie in the school playground in 1981... I wouldn't have thanked anyone for taking me up a munro then - "boring, you can't win anything climbing a hill!" I can hear myself say!
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