Boggy route in the rain :)
by fipriestley » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:52 pm
Route description: Meall Glas and Sgiath Chuil from Glen Dochart
Munros included on this walk: Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil
Date walked: 07/07/2012
Time taken: 7 hoursRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
From the start the tops were clear and Auchessan farm found to be friendly and helpful We reached the bridge to make the left turn following the river and briefly chatted to the workmen there - the river had flooded the area just a week ago and they were starting on the repairs. They warned there was a chance the path had been washed out further up but that wasn't the case. Plenty signs of the damage though, including the decomposing body of a lamb on the path Further on, there was still evidence of how high the water had risen.
From here on the rain came on, lightly at first then heavier as the tops were in cloud. The route from the dam to the first summit is pathless but wasn't too boggy (feet stayed fairly dry as I managed to jump across the worst bits).
Quite a drop down from here and we missed out the WH marked gentle ascent of Beinn Cheathaich in favour of a more direct (but steeper!) route to get to the top of Coire nam Moine.
Crossing the flat between the 2 Munros was more boggy and feet were getting wetter. By the time we reached Meall Glas summit, we decided to just loop back to the farm. 2 steep pathless ascents in the rain was enough for one day
As we came down the ground was much boggier than the up route... or maybe it just seemed like that as my feet were soaked through by now. This meant I moved right down the gazellephant scale, no longer feeling the need to stay on drier patches Plenty of frogs about today, some showing off how high they can jump!
by pollyh33 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:52 am
I was lucky enough to do these two ( and two tops) in smashing weather but I did them from Glen Lochay and still found them quite hard work!!!
As for ploughing right through the boggy wet bits on the walk back, I think everyone does that!!! Too tired to be bothered keeping clean at this point!!!
by ChrisW » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:01 am
by jonny616 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:20 pm
by pigeon » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:48 pm
by fipriestley » Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:54 pm
pigeon wrote:Here's hoping things dry out soon
I really don't mind the weather [quickly ducks as I know everyone's shouting for a better summer!] Love that every outing's different - sometimes with views, sometimes with challenges, but always enjoy them. Bring on the weekend!
by mrssanta » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:04 pm
by fipriestley » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:43 pm
mrssanta wrote:it's clear you got the munro bug very badly, Fi, if you really don't mind the weather.
Definitely MrsS! Can't remember what I used to do with all my time Still only missed 1 week of being out in hills since I started last Sept - not all for munros though