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Invarvar Loop

Invarvar Loop


Postby teaandpies » Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:46 pm

Munros included on this walk: Carn Gorm, Carn Mairg, Creag Mhor (Meall na Aighean), Meall Garbh (Carn Mairg)

Date walked: 18/08/2016

Time taken: 7.15 hours

Distance: 15.5 km

Ascent: 1310m

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I was looking for an easy walk to do and this was just the ticket.

Getting to Invarvar involved a now very familiar drive along Loch Lomond, trying desperately to get past lorries only to catch up with another one a few minutes later. :roll:

Finding the car park proved the biggest challenge of the day, I drove past it, turned and on my return through Invarvar I ased a lad whom was working (fencing) where it was... "Just there mate." I felt like a total wally.

Finding the path was easy mind you and takes you up to a broken open wall at which you need to go through then take the gatd to the right. Follow this path to another gate and continue on up the path through the woods until you come to yet another gate.

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The hill walkers car park

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You're walk starts here

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A path up through the woods

Once clear of the woods its at this point you have to choose what direction to do the walk in. I choose clockwise because I thought it looked easier and because you finish on the highlight summit.

The walk along the hydro road is rocky underfoot so I huged the edge of the road where was better compacted.

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This bridge is made out of paper

This part of the walk is well sign posted, they lead you over the burn via a rickety bridge and then up the back that hugs the edge of the woods.

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Invarvar Burn

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A wee rest

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A gloomy Glen Lyon

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A few deer on the horizon

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The snaking path

Walking in clag is a total downer but Carn Gorm has a few false summits which makes it a bit worse but it's not difficult once your out of the wetter ground.

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The first cairn of the day....

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and another...

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Finally!

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Broken Trig

I had my fill of the viewless summit so left fairly quickly and just followed the path down for a bit and stopped for a roll, it wasn't really needed but it's a new tactic I'm deploying for my hill walks...eating! I tend not eat a large amount when I'm out but today I was taking tactical breaks to see if I'd improve my hill walking performance. Today I'd eat 4 rolls! The most food I've ever eaten while on the hills.

As I sat in the clag just out of the wind I was cursing MWIS for giving me a decent weather report and a high percentage chance of a cloud free Munro.

As I followed the unmissable path to my next target the cloud just seemed to disappear :D

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Loch Rannoch

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Just follow the fence posts

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First glimpse of Meall Garbh

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Meall Garbh cairn, looking to Carn Gorm

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Looking to Loch Rannoch

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Liz & Gary were here apparently

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looking to Carn Mairg...your next

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Chello rock

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Just follow the fence again

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Still no expansive views

The clag was off my hills but was still thick on the surrounding ranges.

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Meall Garbh seems so far off now

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Just off the Carn Mairg summit

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Carn Gorm & Meall Garbh are under that somewhere

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Summit

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Looking to Creag Mhor

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Looking back

The walk to the fonal Munro of the day is largely a straight forward trudge over short grassy ground but thete are 1 or 2 nice geographical features to be seen if thats your kinda thing.

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Geography and that

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Final short pull to the top

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Coire Chearcaill

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Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh & Carn Mairg

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The top

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Rocky top

I found out later that Ben Dolphin was on Schiehallion.

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Sunny here, unlucky Schiehallion in cloud

I went off the beaten path for the walk out, it took a bit longer but happy enough to walk it and be rewarded as I seen an enormous heard of deer. The picture doesn't do any justice to what my eyes were seeing, the most dear I've ever seen in one place.

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The long walk out

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Please don't fall on me

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Huge heard of deer

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Salt lick for deer??

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Old hut

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The light changing

It was about now the light became amazing and the sky was clearing. I'm looking to get into the wild camping game, I feel that I'm missing out on decent evening walking.

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Carn Gorm!

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Creag Mhor

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Glen Lyon

The drive down Loch Tay was very pleasant, not much traffic and incredible views. This was the nicest I've ever seen the area. Gorgeous golden light, no clouds or haze. I genuinely almost ran my car off the road looking up at Ben Lawers :lol:


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