A braw and raw day out with son Leo on Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas, followed by a pleasant and less windy return route via Meall Corranaich and down the ridge to Sron Dha Mhurchaidh and so completing an extended circuit taking in 3 Munros on the last Saturday before the clocks go back and the days become too short for long hikes up the hills. See Route Map at the end of this report.Starting from the Car Park we took the normal ascent route to Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers summits. It was a fine morning with some blue sky after a hard frost, forecast was rain or snow to come in from the west in late afternoon. The climb up to Beinn Ghlas was fairly straightforward on a good path, on the summit the wind as expected was much stronger and biting, so time for the hat and heavyweight gloves.
Bitterly cold with a high wind chill on the summit, time for a quick cup of tea in the lee of the summit and a photo of the view NE before heading down. Decide to head down from the bealach between Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas to make a circuit and maybe take in Meall Corranaich. It's a good path and easy going down the lee of Beinn Ghlas depite several thick ice flows crossing it here and there before we reached the watershed where we quickly decided we felt fit enough to tackle the rugged ridge up Meall Corranaich. A steep and interesting climb to an indistict summit but rewarded with great views of the Lawers range and The Tarmachan Ridge. The ridge walk down Sron Dha Mhurchaidh has a reasonable number of well defined grass paths, sheep and deer tracks and mostty dry with easy going except for a short section threading through some crags where care is required. A great day out despite the cold wind on top, the rain that was forecast followed us down the ridge and came on just as we left the car park !!
Our Extended Circuit Route (anticlockwise)
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