Solitude, hailstones and stunning vistas
by Huff_n_Puff » Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:04 pm
Route description: Loch Lochy Munros from Kilfinnan
Munros included on this walk: Meall na Teanga, Sron a'Choire Ghairbh
Date walked: 22/04/2012
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 19 km
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We arrived at Kilfinnan about 10:15 and eventually got going about 11:00 after I'd taken photos at the start – set off – remembered I'd left the camera behind - trogged back to get it – and set off again.
The start is part of the Great Glen way – easy track and well signposted.
We found the famous shoe post (toe post??) and set off into the woods.
This bit is steep – stopping to photograph flowers, waterfalls (anything that takes your fancy really) is necessary to keep the huff n puff count under control.
Once out of the woods the track eases off, but by the time we reached bealach another of MWIS's predications had been realised – hail showers.
Still we did get some brilliant views – I think I spotted Sgurr na Ciche between the showers – a joy to come!
The path up Sron a'Choire Ghairbh makes short work of the steep hillside
and the view from the top – yes between yet more hail showers – were fantastic,
enough to make me contemplate doing this again on a really clear day. I don't think I've seen Ben Nevis looking so commanding, but the whole collection of mountains from Ben Nevis to the Grey Corries were great from this vantage point.
After photos stops, dog treats and debates about which mountain was which we headed back to the bealach and some lunch – eaten in yet another hail shower.
The path up to Mealll na Teanga is clear enough (when there's no snow) but very boggy until the ground starts to rise after the bealach between Meall Dubh and Meall na Teanga. From then on it's steepish but straightforward. The views form the top are even more breathtaking than on Sron a'Choire Ghairbh – good enough to come back on a clear day and really see them.
Heading back down the route we'd come we mused on the fact that we'd had the hills to ourselves this day – an increasingly rare occurrence in the Scottish mountains. The WH stats show these hills rank 169 and 170 out of the 283 in terms of frequency climbed – yet they provide two of the best vantage points for viewing much more popular hills, whether that is the giants of the Nevis and Aonach ranges or the beautiful remote hills of Lochs Quoich and Arkaig and out to the Rough Bounds.
On the final walk back we walked into a serious downpour but even that was not without its splendours.
by dogplodder » Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:15 pm
by Huff_n_Puff » Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:31 pm
The camera is a Pentax K200 with a Tamron 18-250 zoom lens - it gives a good zoom length for the mountains and sufficient wide angle for my needs in 1 lens, so it's great from that point of view - but there's a downside - its heavy.
Good luck with your choice of upgrade - although your current camera is serving you well.
by Vick1 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:59 pm
by Lenore » Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:23 pm
by dogplodder » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:01 am
Huff_n_Puff wrote:The camera is a Pentax K200 with a Tamron 18-250 zoom lens - it gives a good zoom length for the mountains and sufficient wide angle for my needs in 1 lens, so it's great from that point of view - but there's a downside - its heavy.
You assess me well..... I want the perfect camera which is also light!
by 2dalmatians » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:52 pm
by Huff_n_Puff » Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:01 pm
2dalmatians wrote:Loved the rainbow picture and the pups look like they are having the best time! which one is huff and which one puff??
Ha Ha... I guess you realise that they dogs are just the cover for the name - their names are Biggles and Bertie - Huff_n_Puff being human
by ScottishLeaf » Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:10 pm