Following our epic Saturday completing the Lawers 5, CaptainSlow and myself opted for a more relaxed Sunday with a quick walk over these two relatively simple Munros. We made a fairly early start of it and for the majority of the day had the peaks to ourselves.
The weather was similar to the previous day, dry but cloud covering the peaks. We started from the car park just beyond the top of Loch Na Lairige. The route follows a reasonable path for a very short time lulling you into a false sense of security before deteriorating into bog.
Before too long we picked up a line of fence posts and continued to follow these up to the summit of Meall Corranaich. As with the second Munro on the previous day we got overexcited at the sight of a cairn and mistook it for the summit. Not a huge issue as the actual summit is only a couple of minutes away over only gently sloping ground. We were quite chuffed to have made it up in less than an hour and a half, particularly following the long walk on the previous day .
Visibility on the summit was very low so the navigation was a little tricky to find the right route down towards the bealach before the next Munro. Once again the compass skills of CaptainSlow were invaluable .
After not too long we found a stream to follow down into the bealach and to add to our joy, the cloud cleared to give us a reasonable view up towards the summit of Meall a’Choire Leith. We had high hopes for the views from the top but unfortunately the cloud once again enveloped the mountain as we started the climb .
The ascent followed a good path and didn’t take us very long at all. Two Munros before lunch – we were pretty happy with that. The summit was a tad on the chilly side so we didn’t hang around for too long.
We set off following a bearing into the cloud and headed down the flank of the mountain to the south west. The terrain was not too boggy but still fairly tricky to wade your way through the grass. Eventually we reached the confluence of two streams and were on flatter if somewhat boggier ground. The weather was also gradually improving until we could actually see the tops of the mountains!
The rest of the route back is pathless until the very end but easy to navigate and we made it back to the start for a quick cup of tea by the road side before heading home for a well earned rest.
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