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Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky


Postby The Rodmiester » Sun Jan 10, 2016 4:37 pm

Route description: Meall a'Phubuill, from Glen Loy

Corbetts included on this walk: Meall a'Phubuill

Date walked: 09/01/2016

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 15.1 km

Ascent: 915m

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After over a week of constant rain and with many roads closed or even washed away with flooding in the NE, I had decided enough was enough and was again heading West. Saturday was looking good said the forecasters so Friday afternoon set sail so to speak from the East side towards Drumochter up the A9 where there were no reported flooding problems through Laggan towards Glen Nevis YH where I would stay the night. After a meal in Fort Bill I returned to the YH for an intertaining evening with a couple of German Scottish Hill lovers Franz and Rudi who were on a three week tour of Scotland, lucky guys :D. Over a few drams and beers many new ideas were hatched for their holidays, hope you guys are enjoying Skye when you read this. In the morning I was up quite early and ready for Theresa when she arrived after driving up in the morning.[/attachment]
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We parked our car at the very end of the Glen Loy road near some bins where there is a area large enough to take a few cars
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After we walked through the first gate and past a couple of houses there is another gate to pass through before heading down what this morning was a very ice track in places towards our goal.
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Looking back the way we had come
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Another photo looking down the Glen with Theresa taking another opportunity to take another photograph
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It was cold and frosty but very little wind and with the brisk walking at this stage although care had to be taken when the icy sections were to be crossed
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A bit further on we were to start climbing up the fairly dry and frosted lower slopes after we had passed what is called Brian Choille on the OS map
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Still to reach the snow line on the South slopes of Druim Gleann Laoigh
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Just hitting the snow line
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Some nice icicle formations with no sign of any thaw
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Looking back at Ben Nevis in the distance. We had now reached the snow line but the depth of snow was nothing like on the Perthshire Corbett four weeks ago
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Soon we arrived at the Dry Stane Dyke which you follow to the summit of the 747m top
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Looking back down the length of the Dyke
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From the summit of the 747m top we startled a large herd of dear which ran across the bealach below
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Following the dyke down to the bealach with Meall a' Phubuill in front of us
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Looking back towards the bealach and the 747m summit from the East slopes
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Now on the summit with Ben Nevis and the 747m summit both clear
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Zoomed shot of Theresa who had stopped to take lots more photographs of the wonderful scenery
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Me on the summit
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Happy it's not a crawling job this time, with superb views all around. The reason we go hill walking really. Totally forgetting the week of rain we have had earlier
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Coming off the South East shoulder and looking up towards Glensulaig bothy
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Returning on the still icy and frosted path. Although taking nearly six hours for this walk, probably about half an hour or more could be knocked off if the track had not been so icy and proper walking pace could be attained
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Looking back to nearly the starting point

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Re: Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Postby malky_c » Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:03 pm

Bet you were glad the snow wasn't that deep :lol:

Nice day - was just to the west of you on Streap and Braigh nan Uamhachan. Could've used a little more sunshine but I'm not complaining really 8)
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Re: Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Postby The Rodmiester » Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:25 pm

malky_c wrote:Bet you were glad the snow wasn't that deep :lol:

Nice day - was just to the west of you on Streap and Braigh nan Uamhachan. Could've used a little more sunshine but I'm not complaining really 8)


Great minds think alike :lol: Iv'e not done your two yet but looking forward to doing them hopefully sometime this year. As you say not complaining at all, just wonderful to get out :D :D
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Re: Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Postby Silverhill » Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:22 pm

Ah, a nice crisp day, perfect after all that rain. Sounds like it was a relaxed trip too, unlike that other one. :wink:
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Re: Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:50 am

Silverhill wrote:Ah, a nice crisp day, perfect after all that rain. Sounds like it was a relaxed trip too, unlike that other one. :wink:


A great day with great company, what more can a guy ask for. Certainly made up for the week before with that constant rain, now totally forgotten :D
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Re: Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:05 pm

It's one of those hills very few people ever heard of :lol: but a perfect one for shorter days. It was my 80th Corbett, incidentally. We took a slightly different route back, traversing the eastern top (unnamed 698m).

Maybe weather gods will smile at Scotland at last, after so many weeks of miserable rain and cloud. A cold snap is coming so fingers crossed!
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Re: Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Postby Mal Grey » Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:58 pm

I'd never consciously heard of this one, either, though must have seen it in the guide books. Looks like a grand day out!
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Re: Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Postby Tomsie » Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:20 pm

Glad ye got an easier-ish day out this time :) . Cant beat a few drinks in the hostel talking about the walks 8)
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Re: Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:59 pm

Mal Grey wrote:I'd never consciously heard of this one, either, though must have seen it in the guide books. Looks like a grand day out!


A nice day out with cracking views from high up, the Ben really stands out well. Glen Roy is a nice Glen to drive up as well with very little traffic which is a nice plus as well :D
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Re: Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:03 pm

Tomsie wrote:Glad ye got an easier-ish day out this time :) . Cant beat a few drinks in the hostel talking about the walks 8)


Pity you guys didn't make it, a great day out, and a good night at the YH as well.
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Re: Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Postby dogplodder » Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:11 pm

Worth the effort for those views. Must add this one to the list. 8)
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Re: Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:37 pm

dogplodder wrote:Worth the effort for those views. Must add this one to the list. 8)


Hi dogplodder, a nice wee hill, and with nothing too steep, surprisingly little snow on the summit, compared to the last one :lol: :lol:
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Re: Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Postby mountain thyme » Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:35 pm

Nice one Rod. Good wee day out, good hill with cracking views :)
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Re: Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:07 pm

mountain thyme wrote:Nice one Rod. Good wee day out, good hill with cracking views :)


Ta MT, I really enjoyed the day, many thanks for driving the Glen road, my time next :wink: :D
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Re: Meall a' Phubuill crisp snow and blue sky

Postby witherowm » Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:16 pm

You really are inspirational Rod! Another great series of photos. I need to get out again soon.
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