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Cona' Mheall

Cona' Mheall

Postby rob munbett » Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:45 pm

Munros included on this walk: Cona' Mheall

Date walked: 10/09/2013

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 22 km

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I drove round from Sail Mhor hostel to the walkers car park at Inverlael to start this one. I wanted a decent walk to test my knee a bit after surgery and recently I'd been sticking to shorter days. How would this go? I'd been up the track a few times previously but it never looks any shorter when one first sees Iorguill and Beinn Dearg away up Gleann na Sguaib. I noticed that there were new signs directing the walkers to Beinn Dearg - not sure how I feel about this!
It's a long way in after the gate at the end of the forest
The track, though, is good and it climbs very gradually so I was able to maintain a reasonable pace but after a good while the col still seemed a good distance away.
Still a long way!
Once across the the upper reaches of the River Lael and in amongst the lochans, one cannot help but be impressed by the dramatic surroundings - sheer walls of cliffs to the right and the Munro, Meall nan Ceapraichean, to the left - but the path zig-zags easily enough on to the flatter section of the col and the fantastic wall which heads up the NE ridge of Beinn Dearg.
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The col
Today, however, I was heading over to Cona' Mheall across the head of the majestic Coire Ghranda which never fails to impress.
Coire Chrande pan.JPG
Coire Ghranda
On the way to the hill I more or less went over pt 886 and then had to descend a fair distance before climbing the final grassy slopes and boulder field to the summit ridge. On the return, it is easier to see a boggy, narrow by-pass track which contours under pt 886 on the south side.
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Cona' Mheall
A faint track, intermittent in places, made a rising traverse to the SE to avoid the worst of the steepness and boulders but there was still a lot of ankle-bashing boulder hopping to do to reach the summit.
The summit cairn and Beinn Dearg
I didn't linger long because there was a lengthy walk out but the views kept my interest and relieved my fatigue all the way to the forest road section and then it was just a case of auto-pilot to the car and the end of a most satisfactory day.
The view of the walk out
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Re: Cona' Mheall

Postby litljortindan » Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:35 pm

Nice pictures of grand scenery and quite a test of your surgery! Been here from the south so interesting to see an alternative route in.
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