Gaining skills on the Tarmachan Hills
by weaselmaster » Sun May 12, 2013 8:36 pm
Munros included on this walk: Meall nan Tarmachan
Date walked: 12/05/2013
Time taken: 4.15 hours
Distance: 13.8 km
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The drive up to Lawers was smooth enough - odd to be travelling up Lochlomondside when so many other people are awake! Dead deer on the road at the turn off to Lawers itself was a bit grisly. Arrived at the car park about 9.40 and set off along the marked track. Up ahead were the intrepid duo of Daveandson with Marley the dog - nice to meet people you "know" from here. I pressed on ahead up to the 923 top in fast time, enjoying the burn after all the lack of exercise yesterday; Allison took the more gentle pace option. Clag was down, and views were not going to be happening today.
view over to the ridge by 23weasels, on Flickr
923m top by 23weasels, on Flickr
heading up to cam chreag by 23weasels, on Flickr
final slope to cairn of MnT by 23weasels, on Flickr
As we walked over the stile and up to the slopes towards the top of Meall nan Tarmachan it got considerably colder, with a little snow in the rain. We headed through soft sugary snow on a couple of the slopes before getting to the summit cairn. 99 blue balloons - woohoo! . This had taken us 1hr 20mins and we hoped the fun was about to begin.
cairn MnT by 23weasels, on Flickr
There was a strange pool edging the snow which appeared to have 1 or 2 feet of snow showing under the water - looked decidedly odd.
Underwater snow by 23weasels, on Flickr
Normally on a walk, if there's a challenging bit coming up I am filled with a varying degree of apprehension about it, but today, maybe for the first time in my short walking experience, I was looking forward to it. We headed along to Meall Garbh, up another couple of snow covered slopes and the narrow peak came into view. Looked fine. We were passed by another walker who was basically running along, and could see 4 other guys a little ahead of us on the narrow stretch of ridge.
towards top Meall Garbh by 23weasels, on Flickr
Top MG by 23weasels, on Flickr
The wind was moderate and causing no problems. Going over the pointy rocky top left a wee bit of exposure, but nothing either of us found challenging. After another couple of hundred metres we came to the scramble down the steepish rocks to the bealach with Beinn nan Eachan. We had to wait for the guys ahead of us to go down first, then headed down - rocks were wet and a bit slippy, but didn't pose any particular difficulty and other than being careful of where I was putting my feet, folding my poles away and using my hands a couple of times was a straightforward descent. I did suggest we went up and tried it again, but this wasn't in Allison's plans for some reason - though she, like myself, had enjoyed the experience.
Wee scrambly bit by 23weasels, on Flickr
And again by 23weasels, on Flickr
The ground got a bit boggy after this, wind picked up and we decided to stop for an early lunch just after the path in the bealach splits, behind a large rock for shelter.
Rabbit eared rocks by 23weasels, on Flickr
After eating we headed up the final top of the day to Beinn nan Eachan. Had thought about going on to Creag na Callich but the lack of visibility rendered that less relevant, and we tracked down to coire fionn lairige still in the mist.
towards Beinn nan eachan by 23weasels, on Flickr
The path was speculative - sometimes appearing where it was meant to be then disappearing into the boggy grass, meaning that frequent glances at the GPS were required to keep vaguely on track. Eventually we saw the track appear and set off at a fine trot back to the car.
view towards killin by 23weasels, on Flickr
track back to start by 23weasels, on Flickr
Did seem a very quick day today compared with our usual outings, but none the less enjoyable for its small size and left us both with a sense of having cut another tooth in the development of our basic hillwalking skills. Celebrated with a beer at Bridge of Lochay hotel- who had unfortunately run out of draught ales Good to get out again after 24 hours of enforced weekend staying at home
by davedanson28 » Mon May 13, 2013 12:22 pm
by simon-b » Mon May 13, 2013 10:58 pm
by PeteR » Wed May 15, 2013 9:36 pm
Shame about the weather you had though. But still, oit's always good to be out in my book
by Fife Flyer » Thu May 16, 2013 7:37 pm
Been up there a few times, forgot my boots (the one & only time), but managed it in trainers, daresay it is a tad damp under foot at the moment.
by nbrannigan » Thu May 16, 2013 9:34 pm
Great report shame about the weather...typical aye
by tullius0618 » Wed May 22, 2013 8:37 am