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"Pick yer window...yer leaving..."

"Pick yer window...yer leaving..."


Postby markthespark » Sat May 04, 2013 1:45 am

Route description: Creag Meagaidh circuit

Munros included on this walk: Carn Liath (Creag Meagaidh), Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair

Date walked: 27/04/2013

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 17.3 km

Ascent: 1074m

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After a sabbatical of 4 1/2 months due to work commitments and pure laziness, I decided that I needed to get back out on the hills. :lol: :lol:
Having checked the Walkhighlands web-site, I saw an invite to do the "Creag Meagaidh circuit" with Dawn Foth & Andy Luke, so arranged to pick Dawn up early doors and head North to meet up with Andy.
Parked up at the car-park at Aberarder on Loch Laggan side, got booted & suited and headed off.
Abararder car-park to Sron Garbh Coire.JPG
Sron Garbh Choire from Aberarder car-park

Headed along the well kept path way to Lochan a Choire , but because we were "deeply engrossed in conversation" :lol: :lol: :lol: , we missed the cairn to branch off up over Na Cnapanan, so we had to opt for the direct route up towards Carn Laith.
Dawn & Andy en route to Carn Laith.JPG
Dawn & Andy en-route to Carn Laith

Slopes of Carn Laith to The Window.JPG
The Window from slopes of Carn Laith

Did I mention at the start that I hadn't been out for a few months so by the time I reached the cairn at Carn Laith and my first Munro of the day and 2013 I may add, , I had "sooked" in enough O2 to fill a zeppelin :lol: :lol:. so, after a wee pit stop, we headed off along the ridge walk to Stob Poite a' Choir Ardair.
Dawn with Sron a Choire, Coire Ardair & Lochan a' Choire in background.JPG
Dawn with Sron a' Ghoire, Coire Ardair & Lochan a' Choire in background

The weather conditions were great, so once we found a safe area, we took time out to practise our "ice-axe arresting" techniques.
Andy gave us a few handy hints :clap: :clap: and to start off with, I felt a complete tube :lol: :lol: but once I got the hang of it, I was happy that we took the chance to give it a try.
Plodded off again towards Munro No.2 of the day and by now after trudging through the snow, I was leg weary :( so by the time we reached Stob Poite a' Coire Adrair, my thighs were burning that fierce, you could have cooked a steak on them :lol: :lol: so I decided that I was going to bale out "The Window" and take the path back from Lochan a' Choire, leaving Andy & Dawn to finish off the circuit at Creag Meagaidh and meet up again back at the car-park.
It was a great yomp back down to Lochan a' Choire side from the "Window", but spookily quiet as I was out of the wind.....I could hear my thighs sizzling... :lol: :lol:
Coire Adrair.JPG
Coire Ardair

The Window from Lochan a' Choire.JPG
The Window from Lochan a' Choire

Good walk back, but was glad to see the car-park, where I had the pleasure of joining some fellow walkers in a light refreshment in their camper van before they headed into the sun-set.
Cracking day out...thoroughly enjoyed the walk and the company, so, till next time...

Sparky...
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Re: "Pick yer window...yer leaving..."

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Sat May 04, 2013 1:46 pm

looks a good day :) ..there'll be even more snow on those beasts now after this latest dumping!
..have your thighs recovered?! :wink:
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Re: "Pick yer window...yer leaving..."

Postby markthespark » Sat May 04, 2013 6:52 pm

SAVAGEALICE wrote:looks a good day :) ..there'll be even more snow on those beasts now after this latest dumping!
..have your thighs recovered?! :wink:

Aye, but only just... :lol: :lol: :lol:
Maybe choose a lesser set of hills in future to break myself back in... :wink: :wink:
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