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Blisters, bites and a nasty rash...oh and three Munros
by railton22 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:45 pm
Route description: Creag Meagaidh circuit
Munros included on this walk: Carn Liath (Creag Meagaidh), Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair
Date walked: 19/08/2015
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 21.57 km
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Still no rash was going to prevent me from making the most of a gorgeous August day when the mountains are whispering their most seductive sweet nothings in my ears.
So antihistamines and a day on the hills it is then.
Creag Meagaidh car park easy to find and plenty of space although only a handful of cars there. C'mon people, wake up and get outside; you just can't beat a mountain walk when it's such top weather.
The park also had a very nice unisex loo; smelt very un-loo like, which is always a positive.
The ascent began almost straight away.
Lovely path until the turn to the right onto a rather challenging path; boggy, muddy, rocky and you had to hack your way through the ferns and trees.
As it was at the beginning of the walk we sucked it up and fought our way through with nary a swear word or a grumble. It took us 2 hours exactly to reach the summit of Carn Liath. Great views too.
Few photos and then onto the next one........which was miiiiiles away. Lovely walking along the top and now cooler after the burning sun on our ascent. The cooling wind was great on my tragic tortured skin but within the space of a few paces the warm, steady zephyr had morphed into an evil katabatic wind that was both freezing (out come the gloves) and strong enough to knock me off my feet.
Conditions remained challenging on the long trek to Stob Poite Coire Ardair and we hastily celebrated Munro No 73 with a "yeah" and two photos before high tailing it down to the window and the final Munro, Creag Meagaidh.
The force 10 put paid to any plans for a nice lunch stop and the grim grey clouds building spurred us on to claim our final Munro of the day.
At this point the Hubs discovered that he had a 50p sized blister right on the base of his heel and a pair of nasty bites (horsefly??? pterodactyl??) on his calf and shoulder respectively.
After a much-needed lunch break at Mad Meg's cairn on the return, the walking wounded hauled themselves down to the Window and the massive boulder field tumbling out of it.
Challenging descent but between us we escaped with all eight legs intact (counting the dog in this, no we don't live near Sellafield).
Very long walk back but very straightforward and well-maintained track took us all the way back to the car.
Off to slather myself in Calamine and pop more antihistamines and the Hubs has a date with a sterile needle to pop that beast of a blister. Walked by David, Sarah and Nudge
by Scotjamie » Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:14 pm
by ancancha » Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:28 pm
by penelope1 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:58 am
Longing to reprise these three at some point, when I first walked them about 15 years ago I chose 'the long way round' descending off the eastern side of Meagaidh in darkness as I recall.
Was up the Coire Ardair path recently and completely missed the small path going off to the right, will have to look harder next time!