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250 and bombarded with snowballs - WH Meet
by Fife Flyer » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:45 pm
Munros included on this walk: Slioch
Date walked: 09/04/2016
Time taken: 9.5 hours
Distance: 20 km
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For me, my main targets for the meet on Friday & Saturday were An Teallach and then Slioch. As Friday looked like being the better day, An Teallach was tackled, the WR for that will be done by one of the other participants. So as Saturday looked like doom and gloom at the beginning of the week, as the week progressed things were looking up.
The volunteers for this little outing were Gill C, Callander Girl, PollyH33, mg1976, Parminder, Old Danensian & Dooterbang, the timings were based on Dooterbangs "hot off the press" forecast which promised an improvement at 1222 exactly. This was one of the themes that spurred us on whilst we were paddling through puddles and trying to locate any/the path
The plan was to follow (or try to follow) the WH route, more of that later.
We mustered at the start point and were soon on our way, waterproofs and hoods up were the order of the day. I would imagine that the path that takes you along the north side of Loch Maree is normally pretty good with the occasional tiny burn to cross, unlike what we had enjoy
Eager to be photographed, note the cloud base
Take 2, now colour co-ordinated
Plenty of water
The walk along the north side of the Loch takes about an hour, then the real work begins with a gradual uphill pull. The path was easy to follow initially, but as we gained height we encountered the overnight dumping of snow.
No shortage of water features
Looking back, still drizzly
Lynne making use of one the numerous stops to put her gaiters on the right legs. Parminder looking impressed
Martin always looking forward a suitable photo opportunity
Parminder planning where to plonk his feet
Looking quite pleased with himself
Pauline opting for the non technical approach
A sneaky peek at some higher scenery
As we gained height it wasn't long before we met the overnight dumping of snow and the obvious problem of navigation as the path was covered. So we got our heads together and using Nigel's map and the WH GPS route we came up with a plan of what direction we should head. The snow was very soft and as it was lying on very damp ground, was very slippy
Follow the leader
Pauline living the dream
Parminder striding out
After plodding uphill we then reached the twin lochans on a relatively flat area and this was time to stop for a bite to eat and then a bit of fun. Martin and Paul were challenged to try and get onto a wee island in one of the lochans, the next set of photo's are action shots
Martin & Paul heading out
The rest of the gang decided that the crossing looked easy so everyone else took the plunge, not literally.
One pole Nigel
After the fun and games it was time to put another layer on and then the serious uphill climbing begins
Looking back down on the lochan
Almost like a black and white photo
First false summit
After re-grouping there is a bit of descending before the final push up to the real summit.
Nigel rushing to the summit
Mission accomplished Nigel
Once we had taken our own photo's, Paul then produced his dinky little tripod for us to share
The end result
Gill obviously enjoying my 'punishment'
Now onto the descent, as we reached the earlier cairn we met up with John & Lee who opted for a lie-in to maximise the weather forecast They would catch us up on the lower slopes and join us all the way back to the car - great company Nigel & Paul decided to head off downhill as Nigel was driving straight back home to Ayrshire, that makes it a really long day
Once we reached the lochan, the path downhill was obvious, to think about 2 hours earlier that had been covered in snow
Looking back uphill, snow very patchy
Paul & Nigel zoomed
What a corrie
Zoomed, what a view
Lynne religiously sticking to the path
The walk back along the flat track seemed to be so much quicker, possibly because it was dry and after 9 and a half hours we were back at the car park. At least 2 hours were spent enjoying the surroundings and not making any progress I was hoping that I would reach the 250 landmark on An Teallach (Sgurr Fiona), but Slioch is a worthy substitute.
Another fantastic day in great company and sincere thanks to the rest of the gang for making Slioch such a memorable hill Two more WR's to complete Moruisg and Fionn Beinn, hopefully over the next few days
The weekend was certainly a great help in my compleation quest, the weather will need to start behaving
Point of interest - the last time I wore my waterproof trousers before Thursday, the last WH meet at Torridon
by The Rodmiester » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:51 pm
by Jaxter » Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:13 pm
by BlackPanther » Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:43 am
Now I've tasted the WH meet climate and I can't wait for more
by SecretSquirrel » Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:07 am
by PeteR » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:30 pm
Tomsie and I were on our little Graham looking back across to Slioch and wondering how you were all getting on. If I get round to it I might even post a report or two myself from this meet.
by Tomsie » Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:13 pm
by old danensian » Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:57 pm
In the car on the way there I thought "this is going to be a three line, three photo report":
It was raining when we started (puddles on track);
We saw sod all at the top (cairn in clag)
It was still raining when we got down (even bigger puddles on the return).
Instead, it was Slioch: Carpe Diem.
We seized the day and were richly rewarded for it in the end - thanks to all for making it a great day.
by dooterbang » Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:13 pm
Awesome report, really enjoyed that. Had me smiling lots
Brilliant photos that really capture the steepness in parts, and all the fun we had.
A fantastic day in the hills...looking forward to more of the same with the senior crew
by ere1 » Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:24 pm
by Mountainlove » Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:10 pm
by tomyboy73 » Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:42 pm
by pollyh33 » Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:20 pm
A truly memorable day out on a massive big mountain but soooo much fun.
One thing's for sure Martin you won't forget your 250th munro!
Hope to see you on a hill very very soon.
PS It should have been me!!!!!
by martin.h » Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:17 pm
See you this year, hopefully.
by GillC » Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:59 pm