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The Tarmachan Ridge
by skye2304 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:16 pm
Route description: The Tarmachan Ridge
Munros included on this walk: Meall nan Tarmachan
Date walked: 06/12/2008
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 13 km
Ascent: 750mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Another perfect day out, clear skies but very deep, soft snow on the south ridge up to the summit. This meant very hot work to the top.
Clear air gave superb views across to Ben Lawers and north to Ben Nevis.
After 3 years of complete wash outs in Scotland, its nice to be getting some good conditions. (I do most of my Munros in the winter now).
Easy going across the ridge to Meall Garbh. Snow was soft (no ice), so very easy, short scramble up to summit - nothing to worry about.
Ridge across from Meall Garbh is narrow but the drops are not in the least steep. I was surprised by the rock step at the end of the ridge. This was snowed up and did cause concern for a couple of party members. A length of rope and a sling definitely came in handy.
Once down from the rock step, I looked back and could see that we could have cut right down the ridge slope and bypassed the step... ah well, hindsight is a good thing.
A very pleasant stroll back along the track to the car, no knee-jarring descents. The views south, over Loch Tay providing constant distraction.
All-in-all a marvellous walk without problems (if you are forewarned about an "icey" rock step) and certainly not too strenuous. Save it for a clear day,the views are endless.
by CurlyWurly » Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:16 pm
- mountain coward
by skye2304 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:46 pm
by skye2304 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:52 pm
I do like a bit of honesty about a route. Especially when its the true I am after and not just a Rambo-esque summary. I dont feel so bad now, we felt a bit of a failure struggling with that bit of the route...each to their own though. I must re-visit in the summer now....
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