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Meall Chuaich, what a lovely hill.
by mrssanta » Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:44 pm
Route description: Meall Chuaich, Drumochter
Munros included on this walk: Meall Chuaich
Date walked: 28/08/2016
Distance: 14.5 km
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Now some people say Meall Chuaich is a bit of a boring hill. I completely disagree. It is a helpfully high start point, a nice walk in to get warmed up, with some interesting bits of hydroelectric engineering, a straightforward climb on a reasonable path, bit rocky at the top, one false summit, and the views in every direction are absolutely tremendous.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon as we walked in.
We found a nice flat green spot close to the bridge over the Allt Choire Chuaich where we pitched the tent and left the camping gear behind.
As we climbed the afternoon sun made some lovely light and dark on the hills, and we reached the top a little before 7pm. We spent some time looking at the views and watching the patterns of light and dark and weather coming slowly over from the west. Then we went back down again.
As we arrived at the tent the first big drops of rain landed. We put on a kettle to make tea and food as the rain got stronger. I retreated inside the tent as it became first heavy, then torrential, then monsoon-like! Rudolph boiled the water and brought it to me inside the tent and I did the blowing-up of the dried food and brewed the drinks. We carry a microfibre cloth which is brilliant for drying off and it earned its keep when Rudolph came into the tent. There was nothing for it but to have an early night. The rain slowed and stopped eventually and during the night there were fantastic stars.
After a good sleep I woke up at about 6.30am to see that the air outside the mesh inner tent was thick with midges. I decided it was not morning yet. It was promising to be another lovely sunny day, but without a breath of wind. We thought that once the sun came up properly round the side of the hill the midges would go, but a cloud stubbornly hid the sun from sight and the midges refused to budge. Rudolph bravely went out in his midge net to brew me a cup of tea, he's good like that and the midges don't nibble him quite as badly as they nibble me, but he discovered the stove was not working properly either. We decided to pack up the tent and make a run for it. So thickly lathered in Smidge and attired in midge nets we stuffed everything away with no finesse at all and set off down the path.
Once we were on the move it was not too bad and we breakfasted on Werthers Originals out of my pocket. That got us back to the car and as we walked we dreamed of bacon and egg rolls. We resolved to find some for breakfast and they were excellent!
by Huff_n_Puff » Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:22 pm
by simon-b » Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:20 pm
by jmarkb » Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:34 am
mrssanta wrote:small boggy pond
An exquisite and unusual feature - I'll make special point of looking for this next time I'm up there
by BlackPanther » Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:50 pm
I should go back to these hills in winter time, run out of new mountains to climb in the neighbourhood, these are perfect repeats
by dogplodder » Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:21 pm
by ancancha » Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:47 pm
by gammy leg walker » Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:00 pm
by jim hutcheson » Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:21 pm
by Silverhill » Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:36 pm
I too enjoyed climbing Meall Chuaich. The views from it are amazing (loved your pictures!) and for a hill that is so close to a road there is a surprisingly remote feel about it .
by mrssanta » Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:13 pm
One day indeed Gammy we will bump in to each other and that will be a treat!
I've never found a boring hill yet Dogplodder; some are a little more exciting than others but they all have their memories to add to the store.
Climbing hills in the evening is good you always get interesting light. Except when it is chucking it down of course. And if there are midges, it is better to be on the move.
thanks for all your replies, I think it would be great in winter.