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Loch Lochy munros; during Great Glen Way!

Loch Lochy munros; during Great Glen Way!


Postby gazzmatron » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:02 am

Route description: Loch Lochy Munros from Kilfinnan

Munros included on this walk: Meall na Teanga, Sron a'Choire Ghairbh

Date walked: 23/09/2014

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 19 km

Ascent: 1258m

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My cousin and I decided to do the Loch Lochy munros during our Great Glen Way expedition, you can read the full report of the GGW here: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=48108

We had camped the night before, and made our way to Kilfinnan in the morning. We hid our packs behind a pile of hardcore in a passing place, waterproofes as best we could, and made our way to the munros. We expected a quick assent - but it would be harder than we thought...
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The munro route initially descents through some think forestry.
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After emerging from think forestry, we followed the bealach towards the saddle of the two munros.
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By the time we reached the saddle it had begun to rain heavily, and our gear was already damp from the day before, so morale took a bit of a hit. Visibility at the top was only a few meters, so we had to take a bearing to navigate to/from the summit of Sron a' Choire Ghairbh.
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We (mostly I) decided to stop for a break on the way back to the saddle.
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Moisture was think in the air, and we had to stop a few times to wring out our hats and gloves.
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The assent to Meall na Teangha was think with peat-rich mud, which almost completely subsumed our boots.
As we made the final Southward approach to the summit however, we began to hear a few bleating calls carry through the mist. It sounded to be coming up from our left (Coire Odhar Beag), then moments later from our right (Corie Leacachain). It left us feeling very uneasy. We came to the conclusion that is was probably a stag. Due to the think mist and wind, we were unable to ascertain exactly where the sound was coming from. However, we decided to continue on, making conscious efforts to be loud - so as not to startle any stags which might be just outwith our line of sight.
We eventually made it, tired, soaking wet and terrified to the summit of Meall na Teanga. (If anyone has any comments or advice about our possible stag encounter, please share)
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On the way back down we saw a few deer, but no sign of any stags.
Due to being completely soaked through, cold and tired, we decided to make for the Great Glen Way Hostel over the loch just south of Laggan.
It was dark by the time we neared Laggan, meaning we were unable to cross the lock directly to the hostel, and instead had to follow the main road over the car bridge and double back. We were very happy to get to the hostel!
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Re: Loch Lochy munros; during Great Glen Way!

Postby dogplodder » Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:23 pm

Pity you didn't get the views and feel for you having to wring out your gloves - but well done for reaching the summits! :D
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