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3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy tops

3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy tops


Postby Petr Dakota » Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:57 pm

Route description: Meall Corranaich and Meall a'Choire Lèith

Munros included on this walk: Meall a' Choire Lèith, Meall Corranaich

Corbetts included on this walk: Meall nam Maigheach

Date walked: 14/03/2016

Time taken: 4.32 hours

Distance: 13.8 km

Ascent: 1042m

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After my previous mountains trip with Mark at Glencoe 4 days ago, where we enjoyed great views 8) , but did not get the summit, I decided to do some progress in my hills bagging :lol:
The weather forecast looked more than promising for monday, which offered more options where to go.
My limited time in week days and the lack of sleep in last a few weeks reduced the selection for some local hills :roll:
I decided for Meall Corranaich & Meall a'Choire Leith - 2 Munros near Killin.
These two Munros, my last remaining in Lawers range, I saved for day like this. The choice was supported by more reasons:
1. Usually boggy ground, so good to do them now when the morning's temperature and some remaining winter conditions makes the ground better :wink:
2. These two Munros are not something special or even nice, so good to do them now when there is still some snow, because the snow - early morning's sun and blue sky makes the hills looking better :wink:
3. Less than 1.5 hour driving time from home :wink:
4. Complete the Lawers hills :wink:
5. In case of good time and doable conditions, there is a possibility to add also the near Corbett - Meall nam Maigheach and make the progress even more efective :wink:

I left home at 04:40 am and arrived in the empty small car park a few mins after 06:00, shortly before the sunrise...
I started the walk at 06:18 am, going anti clock wise - Meall Corranaich first. Despite the chillier morning's temperature and frozen ground there was still a lot of boggy places :roll: , fortunately the tops was much better - still covered by hard snow :D Blue sky and sunshine in combination with the white snow made great views 360 degrees around :D There was some tricky - slippery parts on the ascent of the first Munro only and apart from some boggy places the walk was enjoyable and quick enough to add also the Corbett. At 10:00 I reached the summit of the Corbett which meant that after 3h 40 mins all three hills was done and the only concern was about the right choice of descending. The Corbett was almost without a snow, wet grass and some boggy places made my decision to join the tarmac road as soon as possible even if it means steeper descent and longer distance, but probably faster and drier on the tarmac :? :roll: :D
Back at the car park at 10:50, departing just before 11:00...quick stop for a coffee - take away at Killin it was nice to be back home at 12:30 :D
Almost all day still remained ( now before the midnight I'm still writing the report :lol: :lol: ) and two Munros plus one Corbett ticked :D :D :wink: :D

Below is the photostory:


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The empty car park, Meall Corranaich in the background


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Meall nan Tarmachan over the dam


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Looking back towards North


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Almost on the top, but the summit of Meall Corranaich is hidden higher...Ben Lawers in the background


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Ben Lawers on the left and Beinn Ghlas on the right


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Looking back over the first top...Meall nan Tarmachan in the distance behind


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The slippery path...


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Beinn Ghlas in sunshine


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Looking back from higher level near the 1st summit...Loch Tay, Meall nan Tarmachan and Crianlarich hills in the backround


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Meall Corranaich summit...Ben Lawers over the Glen


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Ben Lawers, An Stuc and Meall Garbh


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The way ahead


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Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas


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Looking back towards Meall Corranaich


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...and looking ahead


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Ben Lawers again


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On the snowy ridge


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Meall a'Choire Leith


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An Stuc and Meall Garbh


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Looking back again


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Ben Lawers, An Stuc and Meall Garbh


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The summit of Meall a'Choire Leith


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Descending the Meall a'Choire Leith, the Corbett Meall nam Maigheach opposite


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Meall nan Tarmanach in the distance...



The report continues in the Post / Comment below:
Last edited by Petr Dakota on Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:45 pm, edited 6 times in total.
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Re: 3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy to

Postby Petr Dakota » Mon Mar 14, 2016 4:05 pm

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Towards South - Meall Corranaich


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Looking back towards Meall a'Choire Leith


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Meall nam Maigheach summit...Meall nan Tarmachan in the background


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Towards South...


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Meall nan Tarmachan from Meall nam Maigheach


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Almost at the bottom to join the tarmac road


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The ruin and the hut


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Back in the car park...10:50 am and another one car there only.......in such a beautiful day
:shock: :o

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Time to go back home
:D 8) :D
Last edited by Petr Dakota on Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:01 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: 3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy to

Postby PerthAlly » Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:56 pm

Hard at it again Petr :D

Doesn't look like there was too much snow. If Sunday is fair I may head out somewhere for my first walk since October
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Re: 3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy to

Postby jamesb63 » Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:10 pm

Very nice day you had Petr :D :D ,how was the bogs here ?
I done it at start of November in similar weather though no snow
I see a lot of snow melt just now
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Re: 3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy to

Postby Petr Dakota » Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:07 am

PerthAlly wrote:Hard at it again Petr :D

Doesn't look like there was too much snow. If Sunday is fair I may head out somewhere for my first walk since October

Thanks Ally :) All the best and enjoy your first walk after the gap, hope the weather will be with you :wink:
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Re: 3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy to

Postby Petr Dakota » Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:13 am

jamesb63 wrote:Very nice day you had Petr :D :D ,how was the bogs here ?
I done it at start of November in similar weather though no snow
I see a lot of snow melt just now

Thanks James :) boggy and wet in places, but overall not so bad :D
Walking there today, I remembered your walk and the Meall nan Tarmachan connection with Jake and also my snowy adventure there on Tarmachan in january :D
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Re: 3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy to

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:03 am

There was a lot of snow melt last weekend judging by your photographs! Two Munros and a Corbett good thinking, as you say the day was too good to miss, unfortunately I missed it, lol.
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Re: 3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy to

Postby Petr Dakota » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:22 pm

The Rodmiester wrote:There was a lot of snow melt last weekend judging by your photographs! Two Munros and a Corbett good thinking, as you say the day was too good to miss, unfortunately I missed it, lol.

Thank you Rod :) Pity you missed it that day... :(
I was not fancy to do it earlier as there was a lot of snow and the road was not accessible for cars behind the dam when I was there in january doing the Meall nan Tarmachan :crazy: . Now the snow disappeared in the bottom, but it was good to see and feel the snow on the tops still :D
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Re: 3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy to

Postby Gordie12 » Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:04 pm

Great photos as always Petr - wish I'd thought of tagging the Corbett on to these two when I did them.
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Re: 3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy to

Postby Happyfeet » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:54 am

:clap:
Looks like a fab day out, better/easier snow conditions than last time :lol:

Something about snow and sunshine.....lifts the spirit!
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Re: 3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy to

Postby Petr Dakota » Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:42 pm

Gordie12 wrote:Great photos as always Petr - wish I'd thought of tagging the Corbett on to these two when I did them.

Thanks Gordie :) It happened many times to me - I did not think about Corbetts in some my previous Munro routes :roll: so at least now I remembered to look if any near :D
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Re: 3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy to

Postby Petr Dakota » Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:49 pm

Happyfeet wrote::clap:
Looks like a fab day out, better/easier snow conditions than last time :lol:

Something about snow and sunshine.....lifts the spirit!

Thanks Emmelie :) much easier than Bynack More in gale, snow and ice ...a few weeks ago :D
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Re: 3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy to

Postby Petr Dakota » Fri Mar 18, 2016 4:52 pm

Just to compare the difference by snowy conditions in the same area

...if someone would be planning these hills in Winter... :wink:

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Beinn Ghlas and Meall Corranaich from Ben Lawers - November 2013


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Meall Corranaich and Lawers range from Meall nan Tarmachan - January 2016



...and now on 14.3.2016 as above by photos in the report :o :D
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Re: 3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy to

Postby Andrea Rosslyn » Sat Mar 19, 2016 12:01 am

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...and this Meall Corranaich from Beinn Ghlas 17.03.2016, Petr :wink: Well done for completed all Lawers Munros! :clap: :clap: :wink:
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Re: 3 Lawer's Mealls in fresh sunny morning - clear snowy to

Postby Alteknacker » Sat Mar 19, 2016 11:06 am

These look particularly nice with a bit of snow. :clap: :clap: I've still to do the Tarmachan Ridge, but I think I'll save that one for winter...
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