Reaching 100 on the Creag Meagaidh circuit.
by martin.h » Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:37 pm
Route description: Creag Meagaidh circuit
Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chaorainn (Glen Spean), Carn Liath (Creag Meagaidh), Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair
Date walked: 10/06/2015
Time taken: 8.5 hours
Distance: 21 km
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The Creag Meagaidh Circuit was today's objective and we had the most fantastic weather you could wish for.
Our son Richard ferried us to the car park at the start of the walk because we wanted to have no restrictions as to how to finish this walk as I had a plan if we felt we had some energy left on Creag Meagaidh.
The walk from the car park starts on an excellent path
About 1.5 km further on as the W.H. description says, look out for a small cairn that indicates the start of a rough path through the trees, we found it no trouble and it does go over some tricky ground but it soon clears the trees and is clear all the way to the summit of Carn Liath.
Carn Liath was the "special" munro for me, number 100, and, although not especially spectacular, it was a nice Munro to start my second century on and I got to have my photo taken, woohoo!.
From this summit the walk to the next Munro Stob Poite Coire Ardair is along a lovely broad grassy ridge which is very easy going although in clag I reckon it could be hard to navigate.
The view of the cliffs on Creag Meagaidh became better and more spectacular the closer we got with plenty of snow high-lighting the rock.
From Stob Poite Coire Ardair there's a descent into the window and then the pull onto Creag Meagaidh itself but this is not a particularly steep pull up just loose and a bit eroded compared to the terrain already covered.
We stopped at Mad Megs Cairn for a quick photo and then set off for the summit, there was still a lot of snow up here, more than you'd expect when we are nearing midsummer but I think this year is an exception as far as late snow is concerned.
At the summit the plan came into play, we'd taken 4.5 hours to reach Creag Meagaidh's summit so I asked Denise if she fancied adding another munro to the walk and suggested Beinn a'Chaorainn, it looked along way but looking back at the distance we,d walked from Carn Liath it didn't seem to be too far so, all agreed, we set off, well we might as well take advantage of the brilliant weather.
The walk over to Beinn a' Chaorean was over similar terrain as to what had been walked already, we headed for Bealach a' Bharnish which is a bit wet then started the steady climb up to the summit,this was steady away and 1.75 Hours after leaving Creag Meagaidh we were at the summit, not bad.
We phoned Richard at the summit and told him we'd be at Roughburn in about two hours so please come and get us, great things these mobile phones they help when plans are changed especially when you can let folk know.
After another long descent (much easier than the one off The Ring of Steall) we were down at the roadside exactly two hours after leaving the summit and Richard was there waiting for us with a couple of cans of Lager and a change of foot wear, brilliant.
Another fanatstic day in the Scottish mountains, We've been lucky so far this year, not bad considering the recent weather patterns.
by simon-b » Sun Jun 14, 2015 9:33 pm
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by rockhopper » Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:45 pm
great way to do it and such a good day for it - cheers
by martin.h » Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:39 pm
I'm hoping it won't take another 41 years to reach the 200 mark because, if it does,at this rate I'll be 127 yrs old by the time I compleat,... hang on a mo,.......... the oldest ever person to compleat.......now there's an idea.......