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Glen Lyon 4

Glen Lyon 4


Postby weaselmaster » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:17 am

Route description: Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Carn Mairg and Creag Mhor

Munros included on this walk: Carn Gorm, Carn Mairg, Creag Mhor (Meall na Aighean), Meall Garbh (Carn Mairg)

Date walked: 10/01/2013

Time taken: 5.34 hours

Distance: 18.9 km

Ascent: 1382m

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Had the day off today and the forecast was meant to be *clear* so thought this would be a good way of adding some more hills - 4 in one go can't be bad! Got away from the house at 6.40 and encountered *fog* all the way up the side of Loch Lomond - though fortunately the roads weren't icy too. Some clear day this was turning out to be! Anyway, after I turned off at Killin the fog lifted and it was quite a nice drive up to Invervar - was pleased to see that the single track road (which has quite a few blind summits) had been freshly gritted. Got to the phone box about 9, the only car there, and was out & on my way by 9.15.Had been worried that there might be areas shut for hind culling and hadn't remembered to phone in advance to check, but fortunately there was none of that going on - no signs up on the gate.

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Heading into Glen Lyon by 23weasels, on Flickr

Passed the banana-splits mobile which was still tucked up in bed
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Banana Split mobile by 23weasels, on Flickr

and made my way along the forest path. The 3 gates are really stiff to bugde - for the 2 & 3rd ones you need to push downwards on the gate when you are trying to open the bolt, this makes it easier.

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P1000637 by 23weasels, on Flickr

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P1000639 by 23weasels, on Flickr

Started following the wee burn, completely forgetting to cross the "ricketty metal bridge" - in fact I don't even remember seeing it and therfore instead of continuing left along the track following the trees, I was some way up the path along the burn before I checked my position and had a steeped climb up the hillside to join the path than I needed to have :) Once the *correct* path was located it was a steady pull up to the top of #1 - Carn Gorm. Although it had been clear when I started out, I could see the fog start to drape itself over the tops of all the hills in the circuit as I walked up CG - didn't really get any views from high up at all after that. :(

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Carn Gorm by 23weasels, on Flickr

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Mist coming down by 23weasels, on Flickr

There was still a bit of frozen snow at the top but was able to walk in other folks footholes to avoid slipping (or having to get the crampoons out). I'd been roasted coming up, but was pretty chilly on top.
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Summit #1 by 23weasels, on Flickr

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Fallen trig point by 23weasels, on Flickr

Time to summit was about 90 minutes. Not the weather for hanging about and I descended, remembering to turn L to head to Meall Garbh, not An Sgorr, then long the fence post marked track to the bizarre 1950's space junk cairn on MG.
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Heading to Meall Garbh by 23weasels, on Flickr

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Meall Garbh summit in sight by 23weasels, on Flickr

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Space Junk by 23weasels, on Flickr

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Summit #2 by 23weasels, on Flickr

Was even colder up on this one! Had taken about 45mins from GC summit - thought about having a bite to eat but decided to press on. Had a brief clear moment when the skies suddenly opened up to the NW and got a wee bit of cloud inversion, but after no more than 3 minutes the clag closed in again.

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P1000658 by 23weasels, on Flickr

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NW view by 23weasels, on Flickr

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P1000659 by 23weasels, on Flickr

For much of the day I could see a faint blue sky above, or a hazy sun, but not enough to remove the layers of mist. Got to the cairn on Meall a'Bharr and did stop as it was about 12.15 by this time and I was a bit hungry. Had forgotten to pack a Jumbone for the dog, who looked most unhappy when offered a bit of my peanut butter roll :o
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More Junk on Meall a Bharr by 23weasels, on Flickr

Was very little to see other than the inevitable fence posts, many of which were broken on the ground and posed a significant trip hazard. With the current scrap metal price, maybe some enterprising souls could come up and gather all the discarded posts and take them off to be melted down... Headed on to Carn Mairg where the path got a bit stonier, still with sheets of snow in places. Almost missed the summit altogether, as I walked south of it and wondered why the path was descending rather than going up..

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P1000663 by 23weasels, on Flickr

.tracked back and saw it nested amongst the boulders.
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Summit #3 by 23weasels, on Flickr

Fog was still thick and I felt a bit disorientated coming away from the summit. Hit a steeper section of frozen snow - only 50 metres or so, but decided to glissade down on my bum which was quite a laugh :)

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Slidy bit! by 23weasels, on Flickr

Next section was a flattish and moor-like plateau where the path was difficult to see initially but became clearer later on.
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P1000669 by 23weasels, on Flickr
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P1000670 by 23weasels, on Flickr

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Creag Mhor approaches by 23weasels, on Flickr

Could see the flank of Creag Mhor up ahead, vaguely through the clag - it took me about 50 mins to go from Carn Mairg to Creag Mhor - more snow in places and frozen streams running down the path.
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Summit #4 by 23weasels, on Flickr

Thought I might have got a view from the top as the sun was definately brighter and warmer, but no..
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P1000673 by 23weasels, on Flickr
.Took a bit of a wrong path which led me up to the adjacent summit at 974 of CM, had to track down to meet the proper path - in fact there were quite a few tracks going all over up there which wend their way in and out of snow patches. As I descended the clag was clearing.
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Glen Lyon by 23weasels, on Flickr

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Glen Lyon by 23weasels, on Flickr
There was a steep rocky/muddy eroded section going down Roinn na Creag, which I found hard on the ankles :wink: Some nice views along Glen Lyon and the shoulders of the hills to the south of the glen. Eventually met up with the outward path at the forest gates and headed back to the car quite happy.
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Re: Glen Lyon 4

Postby laconic surf » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:33 am

I did this round last year on one of the only hot days of the year. I remember huffing and puffing up Carn Gorm in the heat that was already pretty considerable by 9am, I was lobsteresque by the time I reached the summit as I'd forgotten to put on any suncream. The walk out was through huge bracken and I had to quickly brush off a mound of ticks off me and the dog before they buried in :shock:
Nice to see it with a winter coat on. Oh, and I like the idea of wearing a hat that doubles as a beacon for MRT if things go wrong :wink: :lol:
Thanks for posting
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Re: Glen Lyon 4

Postby robertphillips » Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:30 pm

Well done good way to start the new year, some of my first ever hills on my round of munros. 8)
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Re: Glen Lyon 4

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:51 pm

you can see the dogs still got the huff with you for forgetting the jumbone in pic 1000670!! :)
Thanks for some good advice in your report ..really useful as I am planning on doing this circuit soon :clap:
Shame you got the clag :(
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Re: Glen Lyon 4

Postby mrssanta » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:05 pm

love the hat and the nw view picture
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Re: Glen Lyon 4

Postby weaselmaster » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:44 pm

Re - THE HAT - my wife says I've got to point out that it's actually her hat which she bought from Peru via the wonders of the internet, but which doesn't fit her as her head's now too big! :lol:
I agree it makes a good beacon for rescue, as do the bright gloves :) can never be too visible on the hills!!
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Re: Glen Lyon 4

Postby PeteR » Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:26 pm

Very nice report WM and some good photos too, despite the clag you encountered. I particulalry like this round of 4, especially when done in an anti-clockwise direction..........just to be twisted and not do as the (un)welcoming landowner requests :D
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Re: Glen Lyon 4

Postby Eskimo » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:38 pm

Random question - where did u get the dog coat? Waterproof?
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Re: Glen Lyon 4

Postby weaselmaster » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:40 pm

Eskimo wrote:Random question - where did u get the dog coat? Waterproof?


I'm pretty pleased with that coat.
Got it off eBay - search "hi-vis flecta dog jacket" - think it was £18.99 - but you need to get the right size for your dog. It's waterproof and lightly insulated with a fleecy lining, which is good for really windy days up on summits in the snow. Dog seems to be quite happy wearing it. Only problem is that if wind is blowing from behind him, the tail edge of the jacket can blow up. I got it mostly coz he's an old beast - almost 11 - and his hearing/sight ain't what they were, so helps me locate him should he wander off up a hill
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Re: Glen Lyon 4

Postby ScottishLeaf » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:33 pm

Know that disorientating feeling at the top of Carn Mairg; I did these 4 in heavy rain and next to zero visibility; got myself into a real tizz at CM's summit about which way to go. Thankfully I went the right way. Might need to go back and do them again in decent weather to see the lay of the land.

Some good pics you have despite the weather!
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Re: Glen Lyon 4

Postby dogplodder » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:04 am

Yep, impressive hat. :clap:

But the summit cairn of Meall Garbh must win the prize for ugliest cairn I've been to. Has anyone seen an uglier one? :lol:
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Re: Glen Lyon 4

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:49 pm

dogplodder wrote:But the summit cairn of Meall Garbh must win the prize for ugliest cairn I've been to. Has anyone seen an uglier one? :lol:


I came across this image from a Russian Museum in the paper at the weekend - striking resemblance :) Apparently the ugly space junk is "art"!!

http://trendland.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Andy-freeberg-Guardian-of-Russian-Art-Museums-11.jpg
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Re: Glen Lyon 4

Postby Tomsie » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:23 pm

Good report and good time, do you move quick or is this a short one for a winter walk
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Re: Glen Lyon 4

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:47 pm

Tomsie wrote:Good report and good time, do you move quick or is this a short one for a winter walk

I didn't think I was going particularly fast on this walk, and stopped a number of times to faff about with layers and bits & bobs out of the rucksac. Didn't hang about though, not much to see and quite cold up on top. Took maybe 10 mins to eat something in the middle. I find I walk quicker if I'm on my own too. Should think that 6 hours for these is setting a reasonable pace and lets them be do-able at this time of year
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Re: Glen Lyon 4

Postby Tomsie » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:53 pm

weaselmaster wrote: Should think that 6 hours for these is setting a reasonable pace and lets them be do-able at this time of year


Thanks for that :thumbup: ,

might try it this weekend if weather is good :)
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