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Lawers Range: Part 2. ANd Stuc makes it 50

Lawers Range: Part 2. ANd Stuc makes it 50


Postby teaandpies » Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:37 pm

Route description: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Munros included on this walk: An Stuc, Meall Garbh (Ben Lawers), Meall Greigh

Date walked: 05/07/2016

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 16.5 km

Ascent: 1230m

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This report isn't gonna be winning any monthly awards :lol:

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The first part of the walk is long the road from the hotel.

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Up through the undergrowth. It was wet and the flies were awful, just swarming around me :sick:

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The early views up to the hills I'd be walking. Hoping the weather will hold.

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I spent a bit of time at this pool.

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My chosen route. Pathless.

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The views back. Light rain started to come on.

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A decent view of An Stuc and Ben Lawers.

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Some exposed sheep. Getting ready for the next shower.

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A first look Lochan nan Cat and where I'd be exiting the hills.

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The clag has come in. I also found a path to follow up the hill.

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A few snaps through the clag.

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A few snaps of Meall Greigh's summit cairn.

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A better look at the Corrie nan Cat. I got a good look at nearly the entire circuit here.

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A wee glimpse of the Carn Mairg circuit. The gent in the orange jacket was run/walking and he made off pretty fast.

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Looking back to the now clag free top of Meall Greigh :roll: Will this be the theme of the day?

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Ben Lawers almost naked.

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A better look at the hills above Invervar and Bridge of Balgie. Can you spot the running man?

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The Lawers Range cloud free! I knew this wouldn't last :?

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The climb up Meall Garbh is pretty steep nothing that hard.

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Boggy at times :lol:

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Looking back over the distance covered I'd covered so far. It's a longer than it looks between these 2 hills Greigh and Garbh I mean.

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Oh look, the summit is clag free...I took plenty of pictures to prove it! :shock:

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BLOODY TYPICAL :evil:

The rain and wind came on really heavy now and the walk down from Meall Garbh was painful. I found relief behind a huge boulder for a while hoping the wind would ease off. No views of An Stuc this whole time.

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An Stuc where are you?

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I took a wee video of An Stuc when it showed it's face.

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I had been looking forward to climbing An Stuc up through the scramble but the weather was giving me second thoughts. I waited a few minutes, packed my poles away, adjusted the jacket and off I went.

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The first part of the climb is pretty easy. I was already scoping out the way home.

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Looking back to Meall Garbh.

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The climb gets vertical and then the fun begins. Picking my way up the rocks was fun, slippery but the wind wasn't a problem as this side of the hill seemed pretty sheltered. Visibility wasn't the best.

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Before I knew it I had reached the top. It's over? I think I must have taken a wrong turn or something because I found the scramble pretty easy.

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Views to Meall a' Choire Leith. A hill I walked last year.

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And there it is, the summit of my 50th Munro....

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A typical views form the day :lol:

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Ben Lawers.

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The walk out.

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A natural couch.

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Mini Shelter Rock?

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Lochan nan Cat has a certain bleak charm I suppose.

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Meall Greigh.

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An Stuc looking a bit calmer.

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The dam.

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This cairn marks where to turn off the road and head down the burn.

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That's a better look at my route up Meall Greigh.

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Some lazy trees lying down on the job.

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Cheeky. I thought this was a bird feeder :crazy:

The End.
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Re: Lawers Range: Part 2. ANd Stuc makes it 50

Postby Gordie12 » Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:11 pm

Congrats on the first 50 teaandpies :clap: :clap:

Did these 3 in a heat wave a couple of years ago and was knackered before I was half way up the 1st hill. With no wind the first bit in the trees was the same as you - flies everywhere.

Although it was really hard work on the day, at least it was dry for the climb up An Stuc - wouldn't have fancied it in the wet.
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Re: Lawers Range: Part 2. ANd Stuc makes it 50

Postby teaandpies » Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:03 pm

Gordie12 wrote:Congrats on the first 50 teaandpies :clap: :clap:

Did these 3 in a heat wave a couple of years ago and was knackered before I was half way up the 1st hill. With no wind the first bit in the trees was the same as you - flies everywhere.

Although it was really hard work on the day, at least it was dry for the climb up An Stuc - wouldn't have fancied it in the wet.


Cheers Gordie

The walk up the first hill was the hardest part of the day, it's long and featureless. The wet pathless ground was sapping my will more than my energy.

An Stuc was a ton of fun, I did check and double check a few of the hand/foot holds. The whole thing seemed to pass very fast, a bit of an anti-climax to be honest.

The walk out was a slog, not hard just not fun.
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