Five Go On A Cruise – via Creise
by old danensian » Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:51 pm
Route description: Creise and Meall a'Bhuiridh from the Ski centre
Munros included on this walk: Creise, Meall a'Bhuiridh
Date walked: 24/11/2012
Time taken: 6.5 hours
Distance: 11.5 km
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Optimism was the order of the day as we left the ski-lift car park with an MWIS of 20% and wintry showers in the backs of our minds. Along with Keith S, Louise, Laconic Surf and Londonwalker we plodded up the track below the pylons. Jealous eyes were cast upwards as, at one point, the ski-lift lurched into action and the seats began to move. We were less enthusiastic after Louise told of one guy who had tried to sneak a late-afternoon ride on one lift only to find himself stranded in mid-air – it had only been the engineer getting the system ready for closing down.
Soon enough the ridge of Creise and Stob a Ghlais Choire came into view as we began a traverse round Coire Pollach to gain the shoulder leading to Meal a Bhuiridh. Then the hard work began.
Two guys who left the car park shortly after us kept a judicious distance behind all the way to the final slopes when, as the snow conditions improved, they cruised past. Grateful thanks at the summit meant they avoided being cast as Blyton baddies.
We were treated to snatches of views across to Creise and back across Rannoch, but it was no place to linger for a picnic with sherbet dips or ginger beer. So, across the bealach to the ridge of Creise we went.
Masses of powdery snow blown deep into the chimneys and little gullies up the final slope made life a little interesting but the final plateau was broached without incident. There followed a pleasant high-level stroll to the summit with ever-changing views to the south and west as clouds drifted past in air that was surprisingly still. The almost monochrome landscape down Glen Etive and across towards Ben Starav (in the cloud somewhere) had a haunting sense of power that reminds you how thin the line can be between comfort and discomfort up here.
Rejoined with the guys who followed us up, we did the normal back-slapping, hand-shaking and photo stuff before returning to re-ascend Meall a Bhuiridh. Tiring legs briefly had to object to a third climb of the day but soon enough the final descent lay before us.
At this point elegance, style or decorum left us. Fortunately, for everyone’s sense of pride and self-respect cameras were largely left in bags or pockets, as we all tumbled our way through the snow. When one person suffered the humiliation of a laughter-accompanied waist-deep disappearance, or a headlong sprawl, they could inevitably return the favour on the perpetrators moments later.
Still smiling, we reached the snow line then the descent alongside the final line of pylons. Headlights sparkled on the A82 and the lights in the Kings House stood out across the valley. A little longer and we may have needed head torches – but that only meant we had used the day to the full.
It was definitely “Five have plenty of fun” and “Five on a hike together” but gladly not “Five go to demon rocks.”
More of the same next time out please.
by londonwalker » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:08 pm
Pretty quick with the report weren't you!!
I did manage to get one of you taking a tumble in the white stuff. Got to share it
by Graeme D » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:11 pm
by KeithS » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:15 pm
Five grown kids rolling down a hill in the snow. What could be better.
Well done on the very quick report.
Until the next time
by quoman » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:48 pm
by The Rodmiester » Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:47 pm
by thand » Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:51 pm
Hope you all had a good night in the pub
by Bod » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:35 am
Well done guys, and what a great weekend it was, fantastic fun in Glencoe
by Louise » Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:00 am
Good report of a great day out as part of a fab meetup
- Off to summit Creise
- Descending the scrambliy bit from Creise - only ever 3 points of contact :)
- Homeward bound.....................after reascending Meall a'Bhuiridh
- Time for a quick sit down........the sign of things to come
- Up we go again to the summit of MB
- Making sure we get the most out of the daylight :)
by Louise » Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:07 am
thand wrote:Nice to meet you guys - and thank you for breaking the snow for us. We were feeling a little guilty about hanging back but got over it pretty quickly
Hope you all had a good night in the pub
Yes, thanks too to OD for breaking the snow
Good to meet you too and hope you managed to stay awake at your birthday party. Great night was had in the pub thanks
by basscadet » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:31 am
Sounds like you had a lot of fun
by markthespark » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:02 am
Gutted I had to bail out on the Saturday
Looks like you had a ball out there
by laconic surf » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:24 am