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The Wrong Way the Right Way

The Wrong Way the Right Way


Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:32 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Meall Odhar

Date walked: 11/10/2015

Distance: 11.1 km

Ascent: 525m

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This was going to be a bit of a bonus hill really, after a long hard yet very rewarding day yesterday and with all things considered we were both wanting to prolong the hill walking experience a little longer and with us based at the excellent Pine Trees campsite and having already been to very fine Real Food Cafe' for our breakfast, we thought of this little Graham a few hundred yards from the campsite, starting at Dalrigh, unfortunately neither of us had done much homework on this hill. Earlier in the year I was hoping to do it along with the Corbett Beinn Chuirn but because of horrible weather conditions had decided to call it a day after the Corbett.

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The colours on the trees were turning.
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No soon had we crossed over the West Highland Way path and over a cattle grid we came face to face with the herd
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Beinn Chuirn (Corbett) on the left and our target Meall Odhar (Graham) on the right
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Zoomed image of the Gold Mine and associated outbuildings further up the glen
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After about 3k along the track we came across a field with a gate access in a deer fence on our right which when we looked up in the direction of the hill we were climbing had what appeared a firebreak through the forestry to the hillside. After negotiating some quite messy and boggy conditions in the field we headed towards and climbed a low fence
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The firebreak? DO NOT GO THIS WAY, you have been warned!
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One of the easy sections
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That's more like it, plenty of this stuff in all directions
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Whew got out at last, no need to call the emergency services.
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After coming out of the forestry we turned left and gained height keeping to the high side of the clearing
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Now on the open hillside
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Looking back to the glen track you can clearly see another grassy area on the right hand side of the field between two sets of trees, this was to be our way off the hill
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The summit cairn clearly seen on the flat topped summit
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Mountain Thyme taking a wee nap waiting for the old guy
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Me on the summit with Ben Lui to the right and Ben Oss on the left
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After the forest ordeal both still smiling another blue balloon gained
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Zoom fro summit of lodge house and mine buildings
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Zoom of the Gold Mine entrance
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Our escape route down off the hill
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Looking back towards the forestry, only one fallen tree and not even blocking our pathway, fabulous!
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After climbing the low fence ie step over we followed the more or less dry burn bed through the field
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After climbing a deer fence on the far side of the field we carried on to the glen track. There is a large stone on the other side of the track where the burn reaches a drainage ditch. This is the way to climb this hill.
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Re: The Wrong Way the Right Way

Postby Backpacker » Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:10 pm

Good report Rod,

A few of this did this at last years WH meet in Tyndrum and we headed up behind the hostel and followed the old mine up and then came back the same way you went up and down
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Re: The Wrong Way the Right Way

Postby SecretSquirrel » Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:21 am

I like the look of that one. I've now got it bookmarked for a winter climb. Although I see there is a forestry track from Tyndruym train station that joins your route which might suit me. Starting and finishing a winter walk from a heated establishment with hot coffee sounds appealing :D :D

Thanks for posting!
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Re: The Wrong Way the Right Way

Postby The Rodmiester » Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:59 pm

Backpacker wrote:Good report Rod,

A few of this did this at last years WH meet in Tyndrum and we headed up behind the hostel and followed the old mine up and then came back the same way you went up and down


I now see the track and path from the Lower Tyndrum Station over Sron nan 590m then over Drochaid an Droma, should have done my homework :wink: When I was on the summit I saw the narrow Drochaid an Droma and thought interesting :lol:
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Re: The Wrong Way the Right Way

Postby The Rodmiester » Thu Oct 15, 2015 1:03 pm

SecretSquirrel wrote:I like the look of that one. I've now got it bookmarked for a winter climb. Although I see there is a forestry track from Tyndruym train station that joins your route which might suit me. Starting and finishing a winter walk from a heated establishment with hot coffee sounds appealing :D :D

Thanks for posting!


Backpacker has also made me aware of another track from the railway station which goes North ontop a path past a lead mine up overSron nan 590m then over Drochaid an Droma so that might be another route to consider. I did see the track you were talking about coming in from the trees on my right when we were on the main glen track.
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