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Glas Maol Munros circuit
by gman » Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:56 pm
Route description: Glas Maol Munros circuit, Cairnwell Pass
Munros included on this walk: Cairn of Claise, Carn an Tuirc, Creag Leacach, Glas Maol
Date walked: 15/11/2012
Time taken: 6.5 hours
Distance: 19.5 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
First time I've been to this neck of the woods so I was more worried about the drive than anything else. 80% chance of cloud free Munros according to MWIS so I'd get a chance to try my new polarising filter
There's a steep road (12%) heading up to the ski centre, worth remembering as it's on the walk back. No other cars in the layby & didn't meet anyone else. Over the stone bridge and on towards Carn an Tuirc, path was muddy but it had hardened with the cold giving an easy walk in - parked above 500m so not much ascent either:
Sron na Gaoithe:
Mountain hare not bothered by walkers:
Higher up it became stony, these had a covering of frost and were slippy:
Cairn reached quickly, bit of clag but I'm sure the sun will burn through it
Down to the path onwards - I wound up following landrover tracks most of the way which felt a bit out of place at this height:
Visibility getting worse as I joined the drystane wall:
And Munro number 2, Cairn of Claise:
And a bog:
There isn't much descent/reascent between Munros so didn't take long to get to Glas Maol. Plus there weren't any views to sit around admiring in the clag:
Either something very valuable or something very dangerous growing here:
Got to the shelter, looked dark & damp inside:
Few false summits on the way to Creag Leacath:
Descent was initially on the slippy rocks, then grassy hillside next to a burn - can actually see the road from here:
I followed a path at the side of the burn going back towards the road, had to detour a few times as chunks of the path had fallen into the stream - there's another path higher up which might be better.
Got to the road and started the steep climb up, thought cars were slowing down to offer a lift a couple of times but they were just struggling with the gradient There's a big maintenance area after a couple of kms and the road starts descending from here so the last part's a breeze, in fact walking up the road is probably the hardest part of the day
by rjpatyou » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:12 pm
its great to see Glas Maol without the 8inch of snow that was there 10 days ago i enjoyed the report makes wont to get up and do the other two wile the snows not there
by Graeme D » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:10 pm
A decent round for the time of year! Nice to see four Munros in a TR that I did over three separate walks, all in very different conditions to what you got for them.
by wilkiemurray » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:58 pm
thanks for posting - did these hills with my old man many moons ago cant remember what conditions were like though - I aso noticed on my drive down through the highlands today that the hare had their winter coats on - nice pics
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by gman » Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:27 pm
rjpatyou wrote:its great to see Glas Maol without the 8inch of snow that was there 10 days ago
The hills look better in the snow juging by your pics
Graeme D wrote:A decent round for the time of year! Nice to see four Munros in a TR that I did over three separate walks, all in very different conditions to what you got for them.
Apart from the clag, I had ideal conditions for a quick round as the muddiest bits had frozen
wilkiemurray wrote:I aso noticed on my drive down through the highlands today that the hare had their winter coats on - nice pics
I don't think they realise that the white coats aren't ideal camouflage yet - saw loads of them on the way up.
by quoman » Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:44 pm
4 munro's for not much to much effort ...and as you said the walk backup the road was the hardest part of the day.
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