Ice on the road up Glen Tromie and deep snow on the west ridge of Meallach Mhor made this a harder and longer day than expected. I did pedal and slide my way up Glen Tromie for about five miles before continuing on foot to Bhran Cottage. From here, Meallach Mhor could be clearly seen and I decided that continuing from the summit towards the Meallach Mhor - Meallach Bheag bealach and down a visible track may be preferable to a straight up and down.
I left the road at a lochan which is shown on my new map (revised 2010) but does not appear on older maps.
Heading up to the west ridge, I passed a memorial cairn for Michael J Wilson 7.10.78 - 11.6.99. By now I was getting good views towards the Gaick Pass.
There were even finer views as I ascended the west ridge.
On reaching the summit, I was rewarded with splendid views of the Feshie Hills and the Braeriach - Cairn Toul ridge beyond.
I did a few summit selfies and had drink of coffee before heading down the north ridge to join the track down to Glen Tromie.
It was almost dark when I arrived back at the car.
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