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Get out & Walk!

Get out & Walk!


Postby jonny616 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:56 pm

Route description: Loch Lochy Munros from Kilfinnan

Munros included on this walk: Meall na Teanga, Sron a'Choire Ghairbh

Date walked: 28/08/2012

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 20 km

Ascent: 1208m

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Ahhhh…. The kids are back at school so time for the mid-week sneaky peak club to ride once more into the damp & soggy highlands.
After some changing targets due to who was & was not coming out to play & a PM from Quoman, the two Munros at Loch Lochy where chosen.
On the Monday MWIS had said windy, showers & 60% chance of cloud free, so having watched the torrential rain all day I thought ‘I’ll take that’. My positivity drawing some cheeky comments from friends on Facebook. I decided to have a quick look again on Tuesday morning before heading out to meet my friend Alastair & the weather report had changed. My eyes went straight to the 80% cloud free. Hurrah. Then I noticed except near or west of Loch Linnhe 20% boo. Every line said except near or west of Loch Linnhe.
Hayho off we go anyway. On route to meet Quoman we past a very lovely traffic notice that said A85 closed at Glen Lochy! Alastair started thumbing through the book for alternatives that would be near a shop selling maps! Then the next notice had the same message but with an addition. Night Closure.
Book down all systems go again. Picked up Quoman & off we went drawing in to the start point at about 08:45 with a gale blowing & driving rain!
The rain did die off as we walked along the track. At the point where you turn off the boot has gone! There is a sign saying due to forestry work the right of way is closed & a wee map showing the 4K diversion. Err I don’t think so, we pressed on. There are a few new trees planted at the side of the path & some drainage work, but nothing to hinder our progress or for us to muck up by walking there.
Once out of the trees the path slowly rises towards the bealach & was almost like a river after all the recent rain.
We took Meall na Teanga first straight forward with a path all the way to the summit, heavy rain turning to hail & battering us for the westerly wind. A couple of times we had to stop & turn our backs into the wind whilst pretending to brace as if we were in a crashing plan, it was sore.
Touch the cairn, quick photo & off back to the bealach. Quick hello to a speedy lady who we had seen ascending Sron & was now nearly at the summit of Meall. The water was running down the path like a wee torrent, eroding it in front of our eyes & making the mud very slippy.
The zigzag path up Sron takes the sting out of the ascent but the weather was still awful. Just head down & get it done. We were being chased up by another speed freak who caught us up on the shoulder a quick chat about was the summit right or left. Following our advice she went right we then checked the GPS & went left whilst trying to get her attention. Eventually she saw & followed us up.
Again quick photo & down we went, before the zigzag the clag lifted & I got a couple of photos all be it a tad shaky as it was still blowing a gale.
Once off the bealach & on to the main path through the glen it was well & truly in spate. Yes I do mean the path, ankle deep at some points.
The rain did eventual ease when we were about 20 minutes from the car.
All that said we did manage to have a good banter & a laugh when we could actually hear each other.
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The boot is gone!
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Meall na Teanga
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The zigzags to Sron a Choire Gharbh
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Alastair approaching the summit & speedy leaving
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Sron a Choire Gharbh
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taps aff
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Path in spate
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Re: Get out & Walk!

Postby monty » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:31 pm

Nice report Johnny. Coincidentally I done these two this afternoon. Weather was a bit better than yours but the path was still a torrent. :lol:
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Re: Get out & Walk!

Postby rockhopper » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:39 pm

that's a rather wet looking path jonny ! well done for keeping going in these conditions - think I'll take the bike when I get round to these hills - cheers :)
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Re: Get out & Walk!

Postby quoman » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:18 pm

Hi Jonny it was a pleasure meeting you and Alastair...the day was a good laugh despite the rain and the hail hitting us like we were being sand blasted here's some of my pic's
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jonny on the way up the Bealach
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on way to Meall Na Teanga
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jonny and Alastair summit of Sron A'Choire Ghairdh
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Re: Get out & Walk!

Postby Johnny Corbett » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:22 pm

Good effort guys in the conditions. I wonder who's got the boot :?
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Re: Get out & Walk!

Postby pigeon » Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:53 pm

Looks like a typical day for this summer :( Well done on sticking it out,surely we're due a dry spell :crazy:
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Re: Get out & Walk!

Postby pollyh33 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:54 pm

Great report Jonny despite the weather :clap: :clap:

Very similar conditions to what we had last September :( :(


Is that a song tittle?
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Re: Get out & Walk!

Postby gammy leg walker » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:03 pm

Well done all in that weather.
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Re: Get out & Walk!

Postby Bod » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:57 pm

Love the path and burn shots, well done all :D :D :clap:
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Re: Get out & Walk!

Postby mrssanta » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:06 pm

looks like one of those days where you need your friends as it would be miserable without
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Re: Get out & Walk!

Postby ChrisW » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:35 am

Great effort in some pretty miserable weather Jonny, well done on sticking with it :clap:
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Re: Get out & Walk!

Postby SusieThePensioner » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:15 am

Great to see the MWSP club out and about again! What awful weather but well done, enjoyed your report and the photos :thumbup:
Good job you and the family didn't have weather like that on your holiday, Jonny :lol:
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Re: Get out & Walk!

Postby jonny616 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:26 pm

rockhopper wrote:that's a rather wet looking path jonny ! well done for keeping going in these conditions - think I'll take the bike when I get round to these hills - cheers :)


The walk along the track is about 45 mins or 10 mins on a bike so you could save yourself an hour i reckon.
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Re: Get out & Walk!

Postby jonny616 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:31 pm

[quote="quoman"]Hi Jonny it was a pleasure meeting you and Alastair...the day was a good laugh despite the rain and the hail hitting us like we were being sand blasted here's some of my pic's

Cheers man enjoyed your company & look forward to the next one. Do you like the title by the way?
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Re: Get out & Walk!

Postby jonny616 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:33 pm

pollyh33 wrote:

Is that a song tittle?


It sure is you songpop godess :lol: :lol:
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