Five on a Ghaordie Adventure
by mrssanta » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:53 pm
Munros included on this walk: Meall Ghaordaidh
Date walked: 25/05/2014
Time taken: 6.3 hours
Distance: 9.6 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
This was the second day of our Bank Holiday weekend adventure in Glen Lyon and we decided to go for Meall Ghaordie from the north. So it was a navigational exercise through the trackless wastes but fortunately with good visibility so we could see exactly where we were going.
We faffed around at camp for a while, having bacon eggs and sausages for breakfast and making a stew to put in the haybox for tea (well actually cardboard box stuffed with crushed up newspaper) so we didn't get away till about noon.
Having looked at the TR from Nathan79 we decided it looked a bit hairy going up the waterfall so we opted for the longer but less steep route up to the head of the corrie and onto the ridge to the east of Cam-Creagh. The weather was mostly cloudy and fairly cold but with occasional bursts of beautiful warm sunshine and a few short showers of rain.
There's an excellent parking spot and bridge over the River Lyon at the weir just east of the Stronuich Dam where a track leads up to another dam. This wee dam was stealing all the water from the Allt Loaghain.
There was a bit of fence there which those with longer legs (like me) could step over quite easily and then we went straight up over rough ground without any trace of a path.
Looking up to our right once into the corrie we could see the route Nathan had taken and there were still patches of snow up here and also in the steeper, East facing parts of the corrie, so we kept to the more sunlit, less steep slopes and it was lovely. We met large numbers of tiny frogs and saw some tadpoles in a wee puddle.
We stopped for our first lunch just before the final pull up onto the ridge. At that point the summit looked a bit bleak, but the sun came out just as we reached the top, where the views all round were smashing. There's a great shelter at the top of this hill, with the trig point in the middle, so we stopped for second lunch but not for very long, as it was windy and cold.
On the way down we had fun sliding down a snow slope pretending we were skiing. not so easy for Shish as she did not have any poles!
We came down more or less the same way we came up, although went a little further along the ridge for the least steepness.
Back at camp, we pulled the stew out of the haybox and it was really yummy - beats dehydrated food any day.
by dooterbang » Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:11 pm
by Huff_n_Puff » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:05 am
The cups seemed glad to have you all back
by robertphillips » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:53 am
by Collaciotach » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:47 am
I also enjoyed Ghaordie and Glen Lyon one of my favourites
by scottishkennyg » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:07 pm
by mrssanta » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:49 pm
We have a pink one as well.
Next trip is planned for July to the Fannaichs - can't wait!
by rockhopper » Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:48 pm