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Midweek stroll on Creag Meagaidh

Midweek stroll on Creag Meagaidh


Postby jamesb63 » Wed May 11, 2016 10:01 pm

Route description: Creag Meagaidh circuit

Munros included on this walk: Carn Liath (Creag Meagaidh), Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair

Date walked: 11/05/2016

Time taken: 5.3 hours

Distance: 20.75 km

Ascent: 1678m

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Decided to make the most of this great spell of weather we are having
and head up to Creag Meagaidh for a midweek walk
Left home at 4.15am and never seen another car till I reached Crainlarich
so good time was made with the quite roads
I reached Rannoch moor area just at sunrise and it was just beautiful to be out

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Sunrise over Rannoch Moor


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Corrie Ba


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First rays shining on Buachaille Etive Mor


I arrived at Creag Meagaidh carpark gave the dogs a light feed and was on my way at 7am
I decided to do the route clockwise instead of the usuall way
and the walk in is very pleasant and easy going ,the sun was already quite warm
so it was t-shirt only

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First view of the window at the top of Coire Ardair


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Awesome Cliffs of Creag Meagaidh


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Closer view of the window the route of ascent I was taking


Reaching the snowline at the bottom of the window I noticed that there
had been a fresh landslip on the Poite Coire Ardair side

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The snow going up through the window though very wet was easy going
and gave no problems ,and we were soon up through it and taking the turn
up to the left towards Creag Meagaidh there was a surprising amount of snow
still up on the top heading over to the summit and also a strong wind was gusting
so reaching the summit I only stopped for a few photos

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Cloud inversion to the north west


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Looking towards the summit of Creag Meagaidh


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Grey Corries looking great in the morning sunshine


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Ben Alder ?


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My partners at the summit


I turned around and retraced my steps back down to the bealach and make the
ascent to Stob Poite Coire Ardair this was a very easy ascent
And looking along Carn Laith looked a fair distance away aswell

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Looking along the cliffs on Creag Meagaidh


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Just past Stob Poite Coire Ardair summit looking down towards Loch Laggan


The path was great up here for walking and made for easy progress
halfway along there was a nice little bit sheltered from the wind
so I stopped here for a 10min break to get a bite to eat and just take in the views
back along the full route I had taken
Re-fueling time over I now headed up on the final ascent to the final top of the walk
Carn Laith, when I was about 200m from the summit I seen the first walkers
I had seen since setting out to be fair not everyone likes an early start
On reaching them I said hello but got no responce from them maybe foreigners
Therefor unable to understand me !!

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Carn Laith summit


For the descent path I took the straight route direct down to the path at the bottom
of the Coire ,although steep and through long rank heather it was easy and quick

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Direct route of descent


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One more look back towards the window


Down at the bottom now the full heat of the day really hit me it was very warm
but no complaints from me :D
I was intending to drive along the road to Roughburn and also do Beinn Teallach
and Beinn Chaorainn but felt it would not be best for the dogs
So back at the carpark I had another bit of refuelling and took in the great views all around
and was again pleased to have had another great day in the mountains
All that was left was to hit the road home behind all the buses and camper vans :lol: :lol:
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Re: Midweek stroll on Creag Meagaidh

Postby PerthAlly » Wed May 11, 2016 10:24 pm

5 and a bit hours ? You must have been tramping along :D

Guide books say 7-8 hours! Have these 3 on the radar for this season

Good report though
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Re: Midweek stroll on Creag Meagaidh

Postby jamesb63 » Thu May 12, 2016 7:56 am

PerthAlly wrote:5 and a bit hours ? You must have been tramping along :D

Guide books say 7-8 hours! Have these 3 on the radar for this season

Good report though


I do have good pace setters :lol: :lol:
But to be honest once you are on top its just a long walk
with no great ascent or descent conditions also were perfect :D
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