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Loch Lochy Munros

Loch Lochy Munros


Postby rockhopper » Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:20 pm

Route description: Loch Lochy Munros from Kilfinnan

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

Date walked: 02/12/2012

Time taken: 6.1 hours

Distance: 19 km

Ascent: 1258m

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Family and other commitments meant that I hadn’t been near a hill since the start of October. Plans for the weekend meant again that I couldn’t get out until a last minute change freed up Sunday. Late night on Saturday and an early rise on Sunday meant little sleep but nothing that couldn’t be fixed by some strong coffee and breakfast. Drive up took a lot longer than usual – icy stretches and a problematic glow plug warning lamp necessitating frequent stops meant that I didn’t get away from Kilfinnan until 9am.

Cycled down the forest path until I got to the start of the Cam Bhealach track – the boot had disappeared from the post though.

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After the initially steep section through the forest, the track is then in more open ground - from then on it was a fairly gradual incline all the way up to the bhealach. Track was a bit icy in places with a little snow but nothing serious.

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When I got to the bhealach, another walker shouted down to me from the lower slopes of Sron a Choire Ghairbh. Turned out he’d come over from Blairgowrie the previous night, had set off at 6am (his was the only other car parked when I arrived) and he’d already been up Meall na Teanga.

Looking back east
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Looking west
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Walker in the distance
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Meall Dubh and Meall na Teanga
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We followed the zig-zag path using previous footsteps in the snow and chatted on the way up to the summit of Sron a Choire Ghairbh. Despite the good weather, we were amazed to be the only people on these hills that day. :shock:

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Some great views from the top although it was a little cloudier over to Knoydart.

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Took a bit longer to take photos though as my camera wouldn’t work in the cold until I could warm it up. :(

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We then headed back down to the bhealach – didn’t take long at all. As he was then heading back down, we said our goodbyes and I set off southwards to skirt round Meall Dubh en route for Meall na Teanga.

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Once round Meall Dubh, the going got a bit steeper with soft, deep snow which didn’t really hold any kicked steps. Following previous steps and after floundering around a wee bit in the snow, I got up through the lower cornice edge and then the easier walk up to the summit cairn. Had the hill to myself – no-one else around at all.

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It was a bit colder here with a little wind starting to pick up. Same problem again with the camera which switched itself off each time I tried taking a picture – tried changing batteries but to no avail. So then followed a period of holding the camera under my fleece to warm it up and bringing it out to get a photo then back under the fleece to do the same again. [Have now checked the instructions which state a lower operating limit of 0 degrees :roll: ].

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Had lunch and hung around for a while just looking at the view.

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Could’ve stayed there all day but it was starting to get really cold so I headed back the way I’d come. Much easier descending in soft snow and then followed the straightforward walk back down to the forestry path.

Faint traces of the zigzags up Sron a Choire Ghairbh

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Back at the car the mist was still down in the glen

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Slow drive back to Glasgow as the engine problems kept reappearing. Glad I managed to get out on such a day.
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Re: Loch Lochy Munros

Postby Fudgie » Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:26 pm

Excellent pictures, particularly the one with the axe. I'm off work next week so I'll add these to the "maybe" pile :wink:
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Re: Loch Lochy Munros

Postby soapy27 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:31 pm

Awesome pictures there rockhopper:clap:
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Re: Loch Lochy Munros

Postby Graeme D » Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:53 pm

soapy27 wrote:Awesome pictures there rockhopper:clap:


Indeed. Some fantastic light and contrast! :clap:
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Re: Loch Lochy Munros

Postby Meatball » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:36 pm

Nice!
Also on the to do list!
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Re: Loch Lochy Munros

Postby pigeon » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:54 pm

Nice one RH,good to see you back out,still to do these as well so this will re visit your report soon :thumbup:
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Re: Loch Lochy Munros

Postby ChrisW » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:58 pm

What a cracker Rockhopper, seems like everything came together just right for the day....brilliant :clap: I could feel your slog through the deeper soft snow as that is the norm around here now :roll: The camera thing was interesting but at least you got around the 0' degree issue buy keeping it under your fleece to get some beautiful photos, lovely day :D
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Re: Loch Lochy Munros

Postby Scotjamie » Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:11 pm

Really enjoyed that - pics great as always!!
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Re: Loch Lochy Munros

Postby jonny616 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:41 pm

jammy git :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: 8)
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Re: Loch Lochy Munros

Postby Collaciotach » Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:30 pm

Great photos and i now see what i missed in all that Céo :D :D ..... can't beat the Winters day R :clap:
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Re: Loch Lochy Munros

Postby PeteR » Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:11 pm

Nice report rockhopper, and some great photos too :D I was up this way a few weeks back to pick of Sron a Choire Ghairbh, as I had done the neighbour a couple of years before. Never quite got round to posting my report though, so good to see yours instead :D I like these two hills, even though they have done their best to make me work harder than I should have for the two ticks :lol:
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Re: Loch Lochy Munros

Postby jimandandrea » Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:17 pm

Fantastic. Great weather and walk with pics to reflect on a crackin day.
Loved the axe/summit/sunset - excellent. :clap: :clap:
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Re: Loch Lochy Munros

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:30 pm

Kim and i got no views whats so ever when we did these so nice to see what it looks like from up there :)
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Re: Loch Lochy Munros

Postby simon-b » Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:49 pm

Well done for persevering with the camera, Rockhopper, it was well worth it. Those look like a nice couple of hills, the views are certainly good.
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Re: Loch Lochy Munros

Postby Simo » Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:04 pm

Awesome adventure, like the angle of Aonachs, CMD and Ben Nevis :clap:
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