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The Tarmachan Ridge
by davgil » Sun Apr 11, 2010 2:01 pm
Route description: The Tarmachan Ridge
Munros included on this walk: Meall nan Tarmachan
Date walked: 10/04/2010
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7.45am - Passed the Ben Lawers car park where there were a few walkers gearing up, presumably ready for a trek up Ben Lawers. First to arrive and park at the access road.
8.00am - Boots on, car locked, heading up to the first summit - Meall nan Tarmachin.
I couldn’t believe just how warm it was and how different the route ahead looked without it’s recent winter coating of deep snow.
9.20am - Reached the summit and was surprised at the lack of snow on the highest tops and along the ridge.
There was hardly a breath of air all day which allowed for several stops along the ridge to sit down, relax and take in the stunning views in all directions.
Meall Garbh & Beinn nan Eachan.
Snow capped Ben More and Stob Binnein to the SouthWest behind Meall Garbh.
Photographers always have an eye out for a reflection so I was pleased to spot the summit of Meall Garbh in the puddle on the path
Meall Garbh Reflected.
Meall Garbh Reflected.
Final Snowy ascent to the Meall Garbh summit.
Looking West along the ridge from the summit of Meall Garbh and over to Beinn nan Eachan
Looking back East along the ridge to the Meall Garbh summit.
A snow covered Ben Nevis and the CMD Arete was clearly visible to the NorthWest.
The bad step down at the end of the Meall Garbh ridge...a little scary!
I’d spent so much time wandering about taking photos and having lunch that people were now catching me up and human figures were appearing all along the trail behind me.
Looking ahead, West, to Ben nan Eachan.
Looking back, East, up to the bad step and up to the Meall Garbh summit.
You can just make out a lone figure on the summit.
Lunch for this chap just below the Beinn nan Eachan summit.
Looking SouthWest to Creag na Caillich.
Looking back up (I think) to Beinn nan Eachan.
A somewhat airy path round the far end of Creag na Caillich.
I explored around there for a while then walked back to the bealach between Beinn nan Eachan and Meall Garbh to descend and head SouthEast to intersect the access road at the old quarry.
I think it was about an hour along this road to the car and feet were beginning to ache
3.00pm back at the car...cuppa time
A most enjoyable walk with the bonus of great weather!
This walk can be done a lot quicker but on a day like this it's worth staying up there a bit longer.
Please note that directions given were just my best guess.
Comments welcome and if I’ve got anything wrong like names or directions please advise!
by Stretch » Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:06 pm
by Wanderlust » Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:32 pm
Might do a report of my own for this one.
by davgil » Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:07 pm
I'd heard there was an alternative to the bad step but didn't see it till after I'd climbed down,
then an alternative path is quite clear.
I think you just have to go right slightly before the bad step and make your way round on the grass which becomes the path.
I'l definitely be going that way next time.
Wanderlust, this was my first time up there without snow.
I also did a couple of days in deep snow but didn't go past the summit of Meall Garbh.
Look forward to your report...the more the merrier
- mountain coward
by davgil » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:37 pm