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A weather window on Tom Meadhoin

PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:48 pm
by rob munbett
A group of us were staying at Corran bunkhouse after having driven up through the horrible Friday rain and wind with things not looking too hopeful. However, Saturday arrived with a bit of respite and so a walk up Tom Meadhoin looked like a good idea. I drove along the B863 on the north side of Loch Leven to park in a fair-sized lay-by at 097604. A good track led through the trees from the west end of the lay-by and soon joined the right of way path up to the bealach between Tom Meadhoin and Mam na Gualainn. After all the wet weather, the path was very muddy and slippery easy to follow as there were markers all the way - very distinctive markers - reflective road-side posts! Once above the forest, the broad ridge of the hill came into view and it was well worth turning round to look south over Loch Leven and the Glencoe hills.
Tom Meadhoin from the path
Loch Leven Pan.JPG
on the path looking south over Loch Leven
At the highest point of the path there was a large cairn and here I turned west to head up my Graham.
Tom Meadhoin from the cairn at the bealach
There was an, at first, indistinct ATV track marked out with the aforementioned marker posts - very fancy indeed.
The very distinctive waymarkers
The going was wet and boggy but nearer the top, a more distinct boot-track appeared on drier ground. By this time, a cold hail storm had rushed through and I was in full waterproofs, only for the sun to come out again and give me some great views across Mam na Gualainn and the western Mamores.
The summit, with Beinn a Bheithir beyond
Mamores Pan.JPG
A pan of Mam na Gualainn and the western Mamores
The way down was more difficult because of the very slippery path but I made it back to the car without a muddy bottom.

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