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by Fife Flyer » Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:21 pm
Corbetts included on this walk: Creag Mac Ranaich, Meall an t-Seallaidh
Date walked: 30/11/2014
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 20.5 km
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If today was an example of global warming, let's have more of it - walking on 30th Nov in a t-shirt, with the sun dazzling you, hardly a cloud in the sky, a little gentle breeze occasionally, what could be better
Certainly the forecast for today was good, but we have all experienced good forecasts before
I had planned this walk after reading Pete R's report (thanks Pete ) so the route was loaded into my phone and I printed off the WH route which turned out to be a good idea, especially for the first bit where you have to negotiate gates, left & right turns until you reach Glen Kendrum
Set off from Fife at 7.15 and arrived in the large car park at Lochearnhead at 8.25 and soon hit the road. There was a chill in the air and I made an executive decision not to be a wimp and leave my gloves in my rucksack - turned out to be a good idea as I soon warmed up
I won't describe the route as that is well documented and Pete's recent report described it perfectly
I had considered bringing my bike and glad I didn't as I would have ended up pushing it for mile after mile, as the track although great to walk on does rise nice and gradually. Coming down on a bike would have been rather rapid and would probably need to replace the brake pads sooner rather than later
Once you reach the highest part of the track it is then time to turn right and head steeply upwards. There is no obvious path to follow not that I normally bother with paths However I noticed a fence post quite a bit higher up, so decided to head for that as I figured if someone can plonk that in the ground that is good enough for me
Whilst pausing to admire the views I noticed I was being followed (by a lurker), more of that in a minute
The climb up the tufty grass was quite hard going and I had to stop fairly frequently to keep admiring the views
One of the good things about Corbetts and the wee'r hills, the steepness and out of breathness doesn't last as long It wasn't long before I was prowling around the summit taking in the awesome views, I was hoping to experience another Brocken Spectre, as the sun was beating down and there were pockets of cloud floating down the glens. So I was moving rapidly to the edge of the summit to get myself onto the horizon, with the sun behind me, just about made it before the cloud disapated
When I returned to the small summit cairn it was then that I was joined by David (stirlingdavo), we got chatting and David admitted to being a lurker on WH, maybe now he might post a wee bit more
I asked David if he wanted to join me & we never had a moments silence for the rest of the day, even when I was needing a stop to 'admire the views'
Here are a few of the amazing shots from the summit of Creag Mac Ranaich
The descent down to the track was "interesting" much harder and requiring far more concentration than the ascent Once on the track we turned right for a few metres and then turned left following a faint path across the heathery grass before the ascent of Meall an t-Seallaidh. As David and I were talking almost non stop we seemed to reach the summit in no time For some reason I didn't take as many photo's, not sure why and I didn't even take one of the summit trig on Meall an t-Seallaidh
Here are a few photo's from the summit, had fantastic views of Loch Earn along with Ben Vorlich & Stuc a Chron and the other prominent Corbetts Ben Each, Ledi & Vane
The descent off Meall an t-Seallaidh was pretty non descript, we tried to follow the WH route but if there is anything resembling a path we didn't find it We could see the track in the distance so we adopted a fairly direct route avoiding any crags that appeared.
The descent down the track was very easy, we did meet a chap heading uphill 'in shorts' but going at a fair pace
We arrived back at the car park after 6 very enjoyable hours
A big thanks to David, was great to meet you, hopefully we will meet up again Don't forget to check the 'Meets' section, that way you could have company on some of the more "adventurous" walks
Weather permitting I may even venture out again this week - Next
by PeteR » Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:59 pm
Glad you got the views for these two
by BlackPanther » Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:54 am
That weather front you zoomed to has reached us (we were in Ardgour) just past midday, but it was just patchy cloud and a bit of wind. Another good weekend under the belt, have we pushed our luck too far? I bet next one will be wet, windy and miserable
by Sarah86 » Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:50 pm
by The Rodmiester » Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:01 pm
by stirlingdavo » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:37 pm
It was a great day though and really nice to meet you Martin. Maybe see you sometime again in the future. I'll probably be lurking in the shadows though.......
by rockhopper » Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:50 am
by AnnieMacD » Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:28 am
by Beaner001 » Tue Dec 02, 2014 2:02 pm