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Glas Maol Munros circuit

Glas Maol Munros circuit


Postby 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 km

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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 :lol:

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:
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Sron na Gaoithe:
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Mountain hare not bothered by walkers:
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Higher up it became stony, these had a covering of frost and were slippy:
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Cairn reached quickly, bit of clag but I'm sure the sun will burn through it :lol:
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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:
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Visibility getting worse as I joined the drystane wall:
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And Munro number 2, Cairn of Claise:
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More wall:
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And a bog:
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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:
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Either something very valuable or something very dangerous growing here:
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Got to the shelter, looked dark & damp inside:
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Few false summits on the way to Creag Leacath:
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Cairn:
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Descent was initially on the slippy rocks, then grassy hillside next to a burn - can actually see the road from here:
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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 :lol:
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Re: Glas Maol Munros circuit

Postby 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 :crazy: i enjoyed the report makes wont to get up and do the other two wile the snows not there :D
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Re: Glas Maol Munros circuit

Postby 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. :)
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Re: Glas Maol Munros circuit

Postby 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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Re: Glas Maol Munros circuit

Postby 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 :crazy:

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.
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Re: Glas Maol Munros circuit

Postby 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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