Savouring sunshine on Sgairneach Mhor and the Sow.
by nathan79 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:35 pm
Munros included on this walk: Sgairneach Mhor
Corbetts included on this walk: The Sow of Atholl
Date walked: 27/03/2013
Time taken: 6.75 hours
Distance: 13.25 km
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Bagged 3 of the western Drumochter Munros with Morecamb Monkey a fortnight before, though I might as well finish them off while the snow and ice was still around.
Not too long a route and lengthening days allowed me to set off from Dalnaspidal at about 11:15. A positive forecast from MWIS and things were looking okay. A short plod along the road to the track cut-off before the second bridge and it was up towards the sun to kick off the day's summits.
Increasing snow underfoot as I ascended. Cloud in the sky but patches of blue to be seen.
Plenty hares to be seen bounding about. Some of them prepared to let you fairly close before speeding off across the powder.
Looking good approaching the Sow's summit plateau and Sgairneach Mhor looking appealing in the distance.
Summit one plodded to just before 1pm. Good visibility but some cloud approaching me from the west.
Made my descent towards Sgairneach Mhor to find a spot to shelter from the coming snow and cloud and enjoy a spot of lunch. Found a convenient boulder to perch against.
Had conditions looked like they were just going to deteriorate I'd be turning back at this point but the clouds were parting nicely and I'd claim the Munro too today.
Mostly hard packed snow on the pull up to SM. Rarely were my boots sinking more than an inch or two into it. Some older tracks higher up, but unblemished, untouched snow for a good section.
A few false summits but it didn't bother me too much.
Is that the real summit I see? Rather unassuming I thought to myself, but it was only when i got up to it that I saw that the majority of the trig point and the shelter were under a good bit of the white stuff.
There were 2 other cars parked by the level crossing at the start, but I hadn't seen hide nor hair of any other human until I saw a lonely figure coming towards me. Stopped to chat and take a pic for him. He'd done the 4 Munros from Balsporran. He looked a heck of a lot colder than I felt. We bid each other goodby and a safe descent and I headed back towards the Sow, sadly into the icy wind now but towards lovely blue sky.
Roughly followed my ascent tracks down, though the wind and snow had done a good job of filling them in. Continually looking back towards the sun to appreciate the view
Tried to catch a good pic of the fine powder being blown along, wish I hadn't left the bigger camera in the car.
Clouding over and some gentle snow in the air as I made the easy descent back to the track and soon enough I was back down, hopping the level crossing and taking the boots off after another fun Drumochter day.
I really pity anyone who's had to do these hills in boggy, soggy, grey days. I've had two days of absolute joy on the west side of the A9 this month. Now the only question is do I try and squeeze in the ones on the east side now or leave them until next winter?
by Scotjamie » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:54 pm
(PM if doing the eastern ones)
by metafor » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:37 am
- Sgairneach Mhor
by Mountainlove » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:02 am
Love the picture of the hare/rabbit...rather fitting for easter time!
by BoyVertiginous » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:55 am
Nice to see the track clear, heading up to the East side at the weekend and hoping to bike-in from Dalnacardoch Lodge to Sronphadruig Lodge, looks like it should be do-able?
by Morecambe Monkey » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:41 pm
by ed_hill » Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:26 pm
Thought the trig point was quite interesting too - is the first trig point Flynns managed to get his front paws on!
by Lenore » Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:04 pm
by jonny616 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:57 am