First Solo Munro
by allymacp » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:41 pm
Munros included on this walk: Stuchd an Lochain
Date walked: 17/09/2013
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I set out early from Glasgow, hitting Stirling Castle just as the sun rose over the top of it, and became more excited at completing my first munro solo. I had decided to do Meall Buidhe, just purely as it seemed fairly straight forward, and while I have done a few more precarious walks/munros with my others, I just felt good to get one under my belt and go from there.
A superb drive over the Ben Lawers road (highlight was three deer running alongside the car) to Bridge of Balgie, then upto Lochan Daimh...or so i thought. Somewhere on the road I missed the turn off for the dam and realised my mistake at Stronuich Reservoir. Anxious to start and not wanting to turn back and hunt for the road (as it turns out I was obviously immersed in the view and valley, as the turn off is dead easy!), I parked up at the reservoir got the waterproofs on and started walking.
Knowing I was at the back of Stuchd an Lochain, I opted for this one today instead. I started up the pretty steep hill, picking my way through the ferns and grasses until I hit the brow of the hill. I then started north towards the ridge just behind S.a.L and over the flat moor behind the newly chosen munro, when the wind and rain came gusting to my left. This led to the stinging cold and wet face, but also at this point I felt really great to be out, on my own, and striding across open ground to meet my first munro top on my own. The freedom previously felt when out with others was great but this was something entirely different.
I reached the top of the corrie above Lochan nan Cat, which was just a great big bowl with steep sides, and joined the path which had come up from the where I would have started Meall Buidhe (!)
A quick run and scramble upto the summit and just time for a few pictures before the biting cold forced the camera back into the bag and the hands up the sleeves (forgot my gloves - one of the lessons learnt today ) I came down and marvelled again at the remoteness and the lack of people and couldnt keep the smile of my face. The views west up Glen Lyon were great, and with the weather looking fierce that way, really forbidding. The light dusting of snow just added to the magic!
I was back down at the car by 11 and on my way back to Glasgow feeling pretty chuffed with myself. Although it wasn't a particularly eventful walk, it'll be remembered for the first time I struck out on my own to add to the list. Little obstacles to be overcome, taking the wrong road, forgetting gloves, going off the path and navigating myself, all a learning curve on the way to the big 284!!
by The Rodmiester » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:48 pm
by Johnny Corbett » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:36 pm
by SecretSquirrel » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:04 pm
by allymacp » Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:24 pm
by GillC » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:15 pm
Looks like a great day,,and an interesting route, certainly beat the knee killer of a descent back to Glen Lyon, I remember looking down to Stronuich res from the top. Well done on your first solo outing too,,something special about having these places to yourself.
by dogplodder » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:35 pm
I too missed the turn on the toad for Meall Buidhe (but turned back for it) and have been caught out without gloves when needing them. As you say all part of the learning curve. When we came down Stuchd an Lochain we dropped down to the lochan and came across a hind with new born calf (it was June) but apart from that it probably wasn't the best way to return.