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tarmachan ridge -SUN AND WIND = BURNED FACE
by blueyed » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:40 pm
Route description: The Tarmachan Ridge
Munros included on this walk: Meall nan Tarmachan
Date walked: 19/06/2010
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 12 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
so finally we got there we left our little, tired corsa on the car park at ben lawers visitor centre..only later i discovered that there actually is another car park just few hundred metres away, just at the beginning of path to the tarmachan (it was busy anyway).
the walk begins with a great road which you have to leave very soon and then the ascent begins. climbing meall nan tarmachan is relatively easy and quick. weather conditions we had were pretty good - cloudless sky, big blue hot sunshine, thou we did not feel it at all and that's because of the wind. my goodness, the wind was so strong! it blew us off the path twice... but that bloody wind was the reason why i wasnt really aware how hot it actually was.. and finally i got my face totally burned.
after reaching the tarmachan the walk becomes even quicker - glorious view to meall garbh and to loch tay.
meall garbh is only few minutes away thou it looks much much further. from this side it also lookes much more impressive than from the other (west) . descent from this 'munro top' is relatively easy even when you choose scrambling option (that can be avoided by taking the path which is just next to it). next munro top is beinn nan eachan and it's an easy climb too. you can choose to go further on the ridge or go down from the saddle just after beinn na eachan. both options are pathless and anyway you have to take direction either to the old quarry or just straight down (you should see the old road somewhere in front of you anyway). remember -going to the quarry, take direction a bit to the left (small ascent) you wont see the quarry untill you're practicaly there.
walk back from this point to the car park is about an hour.
the tarmachan ridge is a really nice walk, not too strenghtening, you will still be ok for a little walkabout in killin.
- meall garbh and beinn nan eachan
- summit of meall nan tarmachan
- ben lawers, beinn ghlas
- meall garbh
- meall garbh
- meall nan tarmachan, ben lawers, beinn ghlas
by Caberfeidh » Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:01 am
It may also have had something to do with the midgie repellent I had used so freely.
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Some lovely pictures. Its nice to get some good weather.
by blueyed » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:40 pm
by HighlandSC » Sun Jul 04, 2010 9:16 pm
Was walking at Creag Meagaidh.
Sky mostly like this:
The biting wind had me looking like this:
Afterwards my face was as white as before, nose was red as rudolphs and the day after it looked very similar to how Caberfeidh described his face...strips of skin hanging off everywhere!!
blueyed wrote:@ mountain coward - i did the scramble 'bottom to rock' style my pals decided to face the rocks and that was a bit more difficult.
I tried sitting down (see my report if you get time - it was last year in October) - but I found it polished and facing outwards a bit and easily gave up (in true mountain coward fashion )... Even Richard gave up too after a few more minutes which really surprised me as he loves scrambling... But I always prefer going up a scramble - you can see the holds and suchlike so much better and you don't have to look down then
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