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Birthday on Meall Ghaordaidh

Birthday on Meall Ghaordaidh


Postby jamesb63 » Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:25 pm

Munros included on this walk: Meall Ghaordaidh

Date walked: 30/04/2016

Time taken: 3.3 hours

Distance: 9.2 km

Ascent: 914m

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Todays walk had to be a short one as I had to be home early as it was my birthday :D :D :D
so had to be back as we had a meal to go to and then a few beers to celebrate
so I was at the small parking area at 6.20and geared up and away at 6.30
The sky was broken cloud and it was -3 in the glen so it was nice to walk in
Height is gained surprisingly quick once over the style at the deer fence

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Looking up the Glen


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my walking partners


It was clear to see that there had been a fair bit of snow fallen over past couple of days
and this made this walk even more enjoyable
Meall Ghaordiadh doesn't get great reviews but on a day like today
it really was a pleasure being out

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Cam Chreag


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Meall Ghaordiadh rising ahead


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Meall ton Eich


There was very little wind so no need for a jacket at this point of the walk
the ground was also frozen so not one single boggy part to deal with :D

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Nice rolling snowy hills


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Low cloud moving in


Nearing the final pull up to the summit some low cloud started to move in
so when we did arrive at the summit there was no panorama view to be seen
after all the fine skies on the ascent this was the only let down :(
Still I got my jacket out and had a seat in the cairn ,with the lads
shared some fruit with them had some fluids a reflected on the events
ive had this year and being my birthday thought of those no longer here
to celebrate it with me

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Summit Posers lol they are getting the hang of it together now


After about 10 mins I about turned and headed back down the path we ascended
the lads were having great fun in the fresh snow
they were like a pair of spring lambs some of the snow was knee deep in places
getting to where the small cairn marks where you leave the track to ascend
I met 3 walkers just starting out
And by the time I got to the carparking area it was like Butlins at peak season :lol: :lol: :lol:
the hill was going to be busy now and some rain was starting to fall as soon as I got in the car
so all in all I had a fab day even if it was short :D :D

A few more pics

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Re: Birthday on Meall Ghaordaidh

Postby Petr Dakota » Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:57 pm

Happy Birthday James ! :D
All the best and many safe returns always !
Well done - another walk :clap:
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Re: Birthday on Meall Ghaordaidh

Postby jamesb63 » Sun May 01, 2016 8:13 pm

Petr Dakota wrote:Happy Birthday James ! :D
All the best and many safe returns always !
Well done - another walk :clap:


Thankyou Petr it was very very enjoyable day

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A face in the Mountain !!!
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Re: Birthday on Meall Ghaordaidh

Postby Jaxter » Mon May 02, 2016 6:33 am

Happy birthday!! I hope you weren't too tired to enjoy yourself in the evening :lol:

You've definitely persuaded me that this is a mountain best climbed in winter :thumbup:
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Re: Birthday on Meall Ghaordaidh

Postby ancancha » Mon May 02, 2016 11:58 am

Happy Birthday James :D
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Re: Birthday on Meall Ghaordaidh

Postby jamesb63 » Mon May 02, 2016 7:56 pm

Jaxter wrote:Happy birthday!! I hope you weren't too tired to enjoy yourself in the evening :lol:

You've definitely persuaded me that this is a mountain best climbed in winter :thumbup:


No I was perfect for the evening :lol: :lol:
You could look at doing this hill from the other side via the route from Cashlie Power station
up along the Allt Loaghain loop round to Meall Ghaordiadh and back down the corrie beside
the Allt Laoisich , I set out to do the 2 at Loch na Daimh and drive over and do this at the same time
but the weather closed down after the first 2 so missed this on on the day

ancancha wrote:Happy Birthday James :D


Many thanks :D
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Re: Birthday on Meall Ghaordaidh

Postby laconic surf » Mon May 02, 2016 8:35 pm

I was on Ben More (Mull) the same day celebrating my birthday too! Happy Birthday :D
I did Meall Ghaordaidh in winter too - although getting up and down the approach road in the car was a nightmare, so much snow and ice that the car spun and narrowly missed a wall :crazy: It's definitely a more enjoyable climb with a winter coat on
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Re: Birthday on Meall Ghaordaidh

Postby jamesb63 » Tue May 03, 2016 5:40 pm

laconic surf wrote:I was on Ben More (Mull) the same day celebrating my birthday too! Happy Birthday :D
I did Meall Ghaordaidh in winter too - although getting up and down the approach road in the car was a nightmare, so much snow and ice that the car spun and narrowly missed a wall :crazy: It's definitely a more enjoyable climb with a winter coat on


I fully agree with this being a winter hill nothing hard in it buy very enjoyable :D
Happy birthday to yourself as well ,definetly no better way to spend it
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Re: Birthday on Meall Ghaordaidh

Postby BlackPanther » Wed May 04, 2016 10:23 am

Belayed Happy B'day from me, too! :D

This one looks like a good hill for shorter days or for a winter outing - wish it was closer to Inverness :lol: Still on my list of Munros to-do.
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Re: Birthday on Meall Ghaordaidh

Postby jamesb63 » Thu May 05, 2016 5:55 pm

BlackPanther wrote:Belayed Happy B'day from me, too! :D

This one looks like a good hill for shorter days or for a winter outing - wish it was closer to Inverness :lol: Still on my list of Munros to-do.


Many thanks BP . now if we could turn the country 180 degrees we would be better placed
to do the hills we have left :lol: :lol: Same for me they are getting further away
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