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Creag Meagaidh trio
by HighlandSC » Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:29 am
Route description: Creag Meagaidh circuit
Munros included on this walk: Carn Liath (Creag Meagaidh), Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair
Date walked: 19/06/2010
Time taken: 9 hours
Distance: 22 km
Ascent: 1300m1 person thinks this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Date - Sat 19/06/2010
Title - Creag Meagaidh trio
Munros - Carn Liath, Stob Poite Coire Ardair, Creag Meagaidh
Route - Anti clockwise circuit from Aberarder car park.
Weather - Cold N wind, otherwise a good and improving day.
People - Me
Time - 9 hours (no rush)
Distance - 22.7km
Ascent - 1300m
Max Altitude - 1130m
An excellent path leads all the way to the lochan in Coire Ardair. To begin I followed it until I branched off right up to Na Cnapanan. Sron a' Ghoire in the background.
As you gain height nice views open up into Coire Ardair. 'The Window' now obvious to see
It's easy going terrain on the pull up to Na Cnapanan and then 400m more ascent up to the summit of the first Munro-Carn Liath. Getting closer to the ridge and veering NE toward the summit I was going head on into the bitter N wind. Was glad to reach the summit cairn for a bit of respite
Took a short vid that at the summit that highlights the wind....
SW over Loch Laggan
Left Carn Liath and began the walk W along the ridge
Cracking views into Coire Ardair
Meall an t-Snaim
Approaching Sron Coire a'Chriochairein
Coire Ardair (from Sron Coire a'Chriochairein)
Sron Coire a'Chriochairein cairn
Still a few chunks of snow around
E over glen to Loch Laggan
Easy final approach to Stob Poite a'Choire Ardair
Lochan a' Choire
Looking N over 'The Window' to Creag Meagaidh summit
Reached the top of Coire Ardair. Looking back to ridge just walked
Mad Meg's cairn and beyond to Creag Meagaidh summit
Approaching Creag Meagaidh summit (right). Ben Nevis (distant centre)
Creag Meagaidh summit
SW toward Ft William/Glencoe hills
NW from Creag Meagaidh summit
NE from Creag Meagaidh summit
I returned back to the top of Coire Ardair. Found a sheltered spot for lunch
NE from top of Coire Ardair - to ridge already walked
Descending from The Window into Coire Ardair
Looking back up to The Window. It's quite steep and loose on the first part of the descent - shortly after this pic I fell on my arse!
Upon reaching the lochan below the maintained path is picked up, leaving you to enjoy an hour and bit walk back through the glen - lots of wildlife about to catch the eye.
Looking back into the stunning corrie. Easy to see why this is one of the best climbing spots in Scotland
Corrie Ardair. The Window on far right
W along the glen and path returning to start
There was a lone thistle at the side of the path
S over Loch Laggan
Back through the glen toward Coire Ardair
A great day out
Full flickr set of pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/highlandsc/sets/72157624191167391/
by Stretch » Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:19 pm
by HighlandSC » Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:20 pm
by davetherave » Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:38 pm
I was going to ask, what is the window ? i assume that to be the name of the descent route into Coire Ardair.
Your pics of Coire Ardair are super by the way. Shows off the Coire in it's full glory.
- mountain coward
by alanmurray » Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:34 pm
Have tried twice to conquer Creag Meagaidh - failed just below the window.
Both times wind being funnelled at tremendous speeds at the top of the window.
It's the only mountain to beat me up to now. Look forward to next time.
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