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Meall Buidhe (Glen Lyon) ... and 50 years ago

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:58 pm
by Tinto63
This was programmed as a slow walk so we took our time. Starting from the dam at 420m we headed north up moderate slopes heading just to the west of Meall a' Phuill and a short pull up to the plateau at point 917. Then, after a modest 1 km walk the summit is reached.

Despite being quite cold with a snell northerly breeze we loitered as long as possible on the top taking in the great 360 degree views available from this modest munro. Although no count was taken an estimate of 50 + peaks on view seemed to be reasonable.

While the photos give an idea of what was to be seen they don't convey the sheer wonder of a great day on the hills.

the way up

The Lawers range

The summit looking north

looking north east

looking south

Looking west

Rannoch moor, Glencoe and Ben Nevis

the way back with Meall Ghaordaidh and Stuchd an Lochain

In my small collection of old photographs I came across this one taken on 13 April 1962 - that week I was at the school's CCF camp at Oakhampton in Devon and we were on a map reading / compass exercise on Dartmoor. I've never forgotten the map reading and compass work done then and always reckon that if you can find your way on a misty Dartmoor you can probably navigate anywhere.

I hope you like the period outdoor gear - leather army boots and spats, camouflage trousers and the 'one size fits all' cagoule. The photograph was taken at Laughter Tor with Bellever Tor in background - a quick look at a modern map confirmed the location. I was 17 at the time.

Laughter Tor Dartmoor 13 April 1962

Now compare with one from 14 April 2012.

In both shots I'm the titch on the right of the photograph

Meall Buidhe 14 April 2012, Schiehallion in gap in group

Re: Meall Buidhe (Glen Lyon) ... and 50 years ago

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:11 pm
by dogplodder
That's brilliant. It's great to see the old photos and you haven't changed that much! :lol: