Creag Meagaidh, through the windy, Windae!
by JimboJim » Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:57 pm
Route description: Creag Meagaidh circuit
Munros included on this walk: Carn Liath (Creag Meagaidh), Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair
Date walked: 02/08/2016
Time taken: 6.1 hours
Distance: 21.2 km
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Forecast was for an improved morning, but thankfully, I opted to take along a heavy duty top, at the last moment, as Charles donned another layer. We followed the excellent path, up to the cairn where one leaves for the open hill, where another early starter emerged from the fog, at this point. We moved on quickly, though there are a few wee boggy bits here and there. Nothing too bad, however.
By now we were above the fog and enjoying a bit of an inversion and views towards the Window and Creag Meagaidh. Surely, it would clear! The steady gradient made for good progress (for Big Jesper ), as one heads NW, over the stony stuff, before making a bit of a right turn, along the flat top, towards the summit of Carn Liath.
By now a right stiff, cold breeze had got up, so we didn't linger long. It wasn't long before an extra layer went on top of the t-shirt, as we strode off, on the longish hike toward Stob Poite a'Choire Ardair, just about visible in the distance. Pretty uneventful over this stage, aside from the wind probably getting even stronger, forcing us to take refuge behind a large boulder, for some grub.We didn't find it too easy to be sure what the summit cairn was, of three cairn's along the ridge here, but our suspicions of the most westerly seem borne out by others.
View of Creag Meagaidh, suggested our hopes of any views were in vain and ...time for another layer Just as well, I had followed Jaf's lead back at the car!
We made our way down to the Windae and sure enough, it was windy! It was about here I had to change one walking boot, which was chaffing, annoyingly at my ankle. Second guessing this possibility, I had taken a pair of walking shoes with me. Because it was so windy (and because the other foot felt fine), I only changed the one Well, there had been no sign of anyone else, so who would notice?
Having made it up from the bealach, visibility was now very limited. There is a semblance of various paths, which could be tricky, but a brief glimpse of Mad Meg's cairn, gave us an easy bearing and likewise, another clearing, gave us the road to our 3rd summit, by which time the wind was fair howling, over moorland and mountain Was this really the 2nd of August? Even communication was quite hard here, so after a couple of pics, we set off back to the Window.
Back at the bealach we met a young, female runner, whom we could only admire, for her fitness and endurance. She had already decided Creag Meagaidh was nor for her today and set off, down the Window, soon leaving us well behind. We met a few other groups of walkers now ascending the Window, which was now more out the wind, but hopefully, one lightly clad lad, wasn't intent on doing CM ... and likewise, hopefully, none were too observant and looked at my feet
We stopped for more grub and to admire the steep cliffs, before making the longish hike, back along the fine path. Felt we had missed out on some fine views, but with the wind at our backs, were quite pleased to have made it round in just over the six hours
- Down to Loch Laggan and Ardverikie.
- Mad Meg's cairn. A climb in itself.
- Beep, beep!
- Fun for some.
by Petr Dakota » Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:32 pm
Glad you had the views and the inversion was a bonus
Great memories from there when I did the circle in winter conditions, nice to see it in summer green for a change
by Big Jesper » Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:26 pm
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