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Meall nan Tarmachan’s concise guide to the law of Mr Sod

Meall nan Tarmachan’s concise guide to the law of Mr Sod


Postby old danensian » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:20 am

Munros included on this walk: Meall nan Tarmachan

Date walked: 26/06/2012

Time taken: 3.45 hours

Distance: 7.5 km

Ascent: 738m

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Take three assumptions:

1 - MWIS suggested that Tuesday was going to be better than Monday
2 - An early start would beat the forecast advancing rain
3 - If I waited long enough on top it would clear – there’s no point in doing a fine ridge if you can’t savour it


Briefly, and with photographic evidence: 1 - it wasn’t; 2 - it did; but there was no point as - 3 - it didn’t.

Tarmachan-01.jpg
Go on, it'll lift


Tarmachan-02.jpg
Thirty minutes and counting ... it might still lift


But, of course, twenty minutes after leaving the top it did start to lift and by the time I was back at the car ...

Tarmachan-03.jpg
Mr Sod's revelation


Moral of the tale: take what comes, Mr Sod always has the last laugh, holds the final card, or will inevitably kick you in the bum. And anyway, I won’t mind going back up to do the ridge as well.
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Re: Meall nan Tarmachan’s concise guide to the law of Mr Sod

Postby morag1 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:26 pm

Aw, thats a shame :( Never mind, you will enjoy your walk all the more once you do make it to the top :D
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Re: Meall nan Tarmachan’s concise guide to the law of Mr Sod

Postby rockhopper » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:38 pm

8) snap ! - had similar condiitons - saw nothing on top, clearing when lower down - as you say, you can always go back....but it would be great to have accurate..ish forecasts :wink: :lol: - cheers :D
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Re: Meall nan Tarmachan’s concise guide to the law of Mr Sod

Postby PeteR » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:58 pm

A real shame, as this is a great little ridge. Mr Sod is just that.

I call it the 3pm effect. At (or around) 3pm on a Sunday afternoon on days like you had here, just as I am either nearly off the hill or just walking back to the car the clouds part, the sun comes out and all that I couldn't see before is suddenly there all around me. And it doesn't seem to matter where I am either, the effect is always the same :lol:

As for MnT, you must get back there sometime to do that ridge. It's well worth it :D
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Re: Meall nan Tarmachan’s concise guide to the law of Mr Sod

Postby neilmci » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:15 pm

The number of times this happens is making me reconsider my entire approach to bagging. I am thinking rather than an early night to get on thep, I should set off such that I aim to get off the hill say 2 hours before darkness. Nothing worse than being back at the car at 3pm having seen nothing all day for the tops to clear as you take your boots off.
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Re: Meall nan Tarmachan’s concise guide to the law of Mr Sod

Postby colgregg » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:34 pm

Yep. That's what I saw last Saturday too.
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Re: Meall nan Tarmachan’s concise guide to the law of Mr Sod

Postby L-Hiking » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:53 pm

Ah wonderful clag :crazy:

it will make you come back again, you havent so far to travel now

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