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3 in a row: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh & An Stuc

3 in a row: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh & An Stuc

Postby jonathan - norfolk » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:54 am

Route description: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stùc

Munros included on this walk: An Stùc, Meall Garbh (Ben Lawers), Meall Greigh

Date walked: 26/08/2011

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 1250m

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Parked up at the Lawers Hotel and the walked down towards Machuim. I had some difficulties here in picking up the right path and by the time I'd sorted myself out, I'd put extra, height, distance and time on my trip. Not clever! Once on the right track Meall Greigh 1001 (3280') and Meall Garbh 1118 (3661') were traversed easily, if monotonously enough. As I set off for An Stuc things improved somewhat. Mist swirled in and as I set off up the sleep slope on a narrow windy track where I needed to do some mild scrambling, it started thundering around me. Very atmospheric! An Stuc has a nice little summit 1118 (3643) and I reluctantly left it to decend another, though not as steep, slope down to the far col. Frankly, I didn't fancy the steep, very narrow track from there down to Lochan nan Cat at all. It was wet, visibility poor and I'd not been here before. I also suspect that it is a track that doesn't see too much use. On my own, and in these conditions, It felt a little intimidating. I'd seen just two other people all day. Taking my time, I picked my way down carefully between the little crags and it was with some relief that I dropped out of the mist to see the lochan below. Once reached, the going became much more straightforward and I made easy progress back to the Lawers Hotel. Another pint, meal and a different fine malt to look forward to. A short while after I'd arrived Simon, with whom I'd traversed the other peaks in the Ben Lawers range two days earlier, came in. He'd just done the same peaks, by the same route, just a short while behind me. Another excellent day. :) :) :D
Last edited by jonathan - norfolk on Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:04 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: 3 in a row: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh & An Stuc

Postby simon-b » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:27 pm

I remember the day well, Jonathan, and the great walk we had on the other 4 of the Lawers range. That thunder brought a little extra adrenalin to the An Stuc scramble!
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Re: 3 in a row: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh & An Stuc

Postby coachmacca » Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:30 pm

We've yet to do these 3 Jonathan , cheers for report can I ask roughly how long it took you - would you say you are a quick/slow or "normal" walker ?

Between Sam and I we tend to move fairly slowly - defo more 3km an hour than 4 or 5 ..(certainly not skipping round) so I am trying to plan this day...

Know thats a bit "how long is a picee of string" but any notes appreciated :D
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