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Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !

Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !


Postby tomyboy73 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:01 pm

Route description: Meall Glas and Sgiath Chuil from Glen Dochart

Munros included on this walk: Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil

Date walked: 09/12/2012

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 15.8 km

Ascent: 1253m

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We set off at 6.30 to head for Glen Dochart so that we would get to the start of this walk for the sun coming up. Although it was still pitch black when we left with the stars still twinkling in the sky, it was a reasonable 7 degrees and the roads all the way up were fine, no black ice to slow us down.

The sky was just starting to show some light when we set off and I looked up to see the most amazing thing in the sky. It was a cloud just hanging there, but it looked like a window shaped rainbow !
We`ve since learned that is called a Nacreus, or Mother of Pearl, seen usually only in polar winters.

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Diamond cloud


We couldn`t quite believe what we were seeing and kept snapping away, changing the settings on our cameras for a better picture.
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zoomed in sunset mode

We walked through the farm, by the black sheep and highland cows till we got to the stream and began following it up the hill, with the handy boot print signs on the fence.
We kept looking back up at the sky with the sun coming up and the freaky clouds, it was a sight to behold.
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sky again

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and again

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freaky sky

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sunrise

Before we reached the dam, we were already trudging through snow, and whatever wasn`t covered in the white stuff was quite boggy. Once we were on the other side of the river it was deep snow for much of the way. It was hard work at times and we were forever falling down holes underneath.
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Ben More

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Jim on way up to Sgiath Cuil

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by Meall Glas to Ben Lui

It was a hard slog up but enjoyable. Why is falling in snow so much fun ?
The nearer the top we got the wind got much stronger and most of the snow must have been blown off the mountain as we were on more rocky terrain. Jim got to the top before me and had a good chuckle as I came over the top to find myself blown a couple of feet before throwing myself to the ground. The strongest wind we`ve ever experienced was waiting for us up there. We tried posing for pics but it was too wild and we mostly just lay about up there for a bit taking in the views, which were marvellous.
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me on Sgiath Cuil summit

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cairn over to Ben Lawers

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Jim

It was so windy we put on our new snow goggles and the world seemed like a much brighter place. :D He headed for the bealach fighting against the wind and doing our best to keep upright. Once we dropped down a bit the wind gave us a bit of a break and we were free to slip, stumble and slide our way down the hill. At one point I just sat on my map case and slid down on my bum for a bit :lol:
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Meall Glas/Beinn Cheathaich side

Down in the bealach almost completely out of the wind we decided to stop for lunch and Jim`s birthday cake :clap:
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Happy Birthday

I made myself a homemade morrisons style deli box, but after eating cake, fudge and hot chocolate it was a bit heavy for me and I burped my way up the steep snowy slope towards Beinn Cheathaich. I did fell a little bit sick :sick:
The snow did get a bit firmer up here but still able to walk without crampons :( another time maybe.
Once I got up onto the ridge I felt better again as I knew all the steep stuff was out of the way. Again a lot of the snow was blown off and this made it it easier to walk and with the wind at our backs it made it much easier getting up higher. And the views over Glen Lochy wre amazing.
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Glen Lochy hills

We stopped quickly at the Munro top, as the wind wouldn`t really let us stand around much. :shock: And off we went to the main summit.
Jim went up over the wee hilly bit in the middle while I skirted round the side, before the final climb. And it did end up a climb as we dug our feet and hands into the snow to get on top, to be met by ...guess what.....more gale force winds :roll:
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Relief at Meall Glas summit

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Jim in front of Ben Challum

We were again thrown about by the wind up here and at times we were actually rolling around grappling for hats and camera cases etc, before heading down quickly as we knew we only had an hour or so of sunshine left. The descent from here was made much easier by sliding down the snow again, this time for much longer periods.
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bum slide marks down the hill

The walk out through snow and bog was quite sticky and we found some novel ways of discovering streams and lochans, i.e by falling through the snow into them :oops:
We just got back to the car as it got dark and caught the sun going down behind the hills.
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sunset
Last edited by tomyboy73 on Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:39 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !

Postby laconic surf » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:23 pm

That's some pretty special photies you got there. Never heard of the "mother of pearl", looks like a window into a parallel universe!
Nice one 8)
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Re: Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !

Postby skuk007 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:30 pm

Good report Tomy, apart from the wind sounds like you had a great time sliding around :)
A happy birthday to Jim too.
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Re: Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !

Postby tomyboy73 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:48 pm

laconic surf wrote:That's some pretty special photies you got there. Never heard of the "mother of pearl", looks like a window into a parallel universe!
Nice one 8)


cheers, that what we thought too :lol:
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Re: Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !

Postby jogilv16 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:13 pm

yes great day in the snow tommy,great way to spend your birthday,,,thanks for the cake.
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Re: Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !

Postby Tomsie » Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:27 pm

Cant believe I was out then and didnt see the cloud :crazy:

But otherwise looks like we had very similar day out, hope next one is the same, bit of adventure :D
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Re: Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !

Postby Mountainlove » Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:34 am

Isn't it a shame you can never capure the wind in pictures...you have a good collection of the clouds there...as I was driving at the time I opnly saw it for about 5min but at least seen it :D
Sounds you had a great day out as well...really nice photos as well :D :D
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Re: Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !

Postby kevsbald » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:39 am

Wow indeed! Stunning cloud photos.
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Re: Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !

Postby quoman » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:03 am

Looked like the pair of you had a good day out nice picture's.
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Re: Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !

Postby wilkiemurray » Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:01 pm

nice report and cracking pics of the strange cloud :clap: :clap:
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Re: Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !

Postby jogilv16 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:01 am

Mountainlove wrote:Isn't it a shame you can never capure the wind in pictures...you have a good collection of the clouds there...as I was driving at the time I opnly saw it for about 5min but at least seen it :D
Sounds you had a great day out as well...really nice photos as well :D :D

yes if you could only see how windy it was,as me and tommy were getting blown about and saying it could be worst,we could be on the tarmachan ridge,so well done to you for going up there in that wind.
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Re: Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !

Postby jogilv16 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:03 am

jogilv16 wrote:yes great day in the snow tommy,great way to spend your birthday,,,thanks for the cake.

eventually got my everytrail done
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Re: Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !

Postby tomyboy73 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:41 pm

thanks everyone for the comments, right Jim what we doing for my birthday ????
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Re: Looky in the sky, it`s Diamonds !

Postby pollyh33 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:08 am

Brrrrrrilliant report Tommy :clap:

Really enjoyed your photos but more than a wee bit spooked by them as well :shock: :shock:
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