Meall nan Tarmachan (without the ridge bit)
by Gordie12 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:02 pm
Munros included on this walk: Meall nan Tarmachan
Date walked: 28/08/2013
Time taken: 2.4 hours
Distance: 8.7 km
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On the road over I decided if the weather turned out to be decent I would do the Tarmachan Ridge but as soon as I arrived at the Lawers car park I knew it was just going to be an up and down Munro - shame, I'll need to come back and do this one again.
This place has changed since I was last here..........big improvement.
There is a good narrow track the entire way so even in the clag it's a straight forward walk.
Photos taken before entering the clag so visibility is pretty rubbish all the way to the summit.
A bit of a sting in the tail with the last climb to the summit, I found the stone steps section quite hard going and slow. A quick left turn and I was on the top.
Not the day for hanging about at the summit so 5 minutes and I was off down the hill. The stone steps were tricky on the way down and it was worth taking a bit of care as they were damp and any slip at this point could be painful. After the steps it was a straight forward walk back to the car park with the clag now sitting at about 900 metres so the late starters might just have got a clear summit.
I was surprised this only took 2hrs 40 minutes but then again the car park is half way up the hill so only 750 odd metres of ascent. Definitely a hill to go back to and I'm going to have a read of some reports now just to see what the views are like.
by Sarah86 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:56 pm
by Bod » Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:01 pm
by Gordie12 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:15 pm
Sarah86 wrote:Might need to add this one to my ever expanding to do list! Looks like a good path up, it is a shame the clag was covering the summit for you to get some views but still looks like a good day out.
I've had a look at some other reports - nice views from the summit.
Just pick a better day than me and you'll enjoy it (yes, good track all the way).
by Gordie12 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:19 pm
Bod wrote:Boy o boy! that's still quickly up and down, well done.....ridgey bit next time
Definitely need to go back and do the ridge as I've read a lot of reports about it but it was pointless today as it was just clagbound.
I don't normally do Munros when I know there is going to be low cloud, I usually pick something a bit lower where I can get views from the summit.
by The Rodmiester » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:36 am
by Gordie12 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:17 am
It was busy compared to a lot of the hills I've been on recently (more than just me!).
I saw about a dozen people during the walk, the car park was fairly busy so assume there were a lot of people on Ben Lawers.
Last time I was up that way the old building and car park were still there - it looks a lot better now. Actually, last time I was there I picked up a puncture on the road up to the car park so had to change a tyre before heading off (I wasn't happy.......... )