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Creag Meagaidh circuit

Creag Meagaidh circuit


Postby SecretSquirrel » Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:47 pm

Route description: Creag Meagaidh circuit

Munros included on this walk: Carn Liath (Creag Meagaidh), Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair

Date walked: 02/10/2016

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 20.99 km

Ascent: 1283m

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Parked up at the Creag Meagaidh Nature reserve car park at 10pm. Usual routine of back seats down, sleeping mat and sleeping bag laid out with my Kindle books keeping me going until sleep. It was a very still, clear night and the stars were amazing to see.

I woke at 6am with engine noise from a nearby camper van. I assume they were using the engine to get extra heat. As I discovered, it had been a pretty cold night, I crawled out of my sleeping bag to find the car windows around me covered in ice and frost.

Having forced myself out of the warm sleeping bag, I was ready and walking by 7:30am.

Starting from the Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve car park
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The reserve buildings and facilities
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A cold frosty morning
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Sun rising over a misty Loch Laggan
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A small cairn marks the 'path' ascending Na Cnapanan
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Gaining height, looking back down on Loch Laggan
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Eventually the 'Window' comes into view, giving a look at what will be todays final descent
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Carn Laith summit cairn
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Summit view to the days next targets, Creag Meagaidh in the center and Stob Poite Coire Ardair center right
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View across Loch Laggan
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Another view to Creag Meagaidh
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Looking back to Carn Laith from Uinneag Coire a' Chaorainn
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Stob Poite Core Ardair
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Following the ridge from Coire a' Chriochairein
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Carn Laith looking a long way back
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The cliffs of Creag Meagaidh
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Nearing the summit of Stob Poite Coire Ardair
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Second summit of the day ... SPCA
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Heading up Creag Meagaidh, 'Mad Megs' cairn is leading the way
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Mad Meg's cairn, apparently an 18th Centuary suicide burial mound
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Creag Meagaidh summit cairn
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Summit views ...
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Retracing my steps back past Mad Meg's cairn, its time to descend through the 'Window'
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I managed to lose the path, but the boulder clambering was fun
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Once through I found great views to the lochan and the path appeared again on my left
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Looking back up at the Window
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Lochan a' Choire
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The walk back had some great scenery with native species in the Reserve
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Last view back to Creag Meagaidh
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Creag Meagaidh Photo Album
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SecretSquirrel
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Re: Creag Meagaidh circuit

Postby litljortindan » Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:39 pm

That does look a chilly morning frost but cracking weather, views, photos. Been round Coire Ardair but didn't quite manage the close up views I wanted because of the cornices so will have to make a return visit.

P.S. Do you have a car you can stretch out in to sleep or were you squashed up in a ball?
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Re: Creag Meagaidh circuit

Postby SecretSquirrel » Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:10 pm

litljortindan wrote:That does look a chilly morning frost but cracking weather, views, photos. Been round Coire Ardair but didn't quite manage the close up views I wanted because of the cornices so will have to make a return visit.

P.S. Do you have a car you can stretch out in to sleep or were you squashed up in a ball?


Thanks :)

As for the car, its an SUV. I put the back seats down and the front passenger seat forward. That gives me enough space to almost lie straight out, but with feet firmly against the boot. It works for me as I usually sleep on my side with knees slightly bent.

Much less fuss than pitching the tent
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Re: Creag Meagaidh circuit

Postby BlackPanther » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:02 am

Frrrrosty! I like that! :lol: The landscape looks so fresh, almost crunchy!

It's been a while since we visited this trio, 2010 I think it was, a hot summer day... I'm hoping to do it again with snow on the ridge, early spring possibly. I remember we went up the window and to Megi first, then over the two other Munros, so for the repeat we might reverse the route.
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Re: Creag Meagaidh circuit

Postby SecretSquirrel » Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:01 pm

BlackPanther wrote:Frrrrosty! I like that! :lol: The landscape looks so fresh, almost crunchy!

It's been a while since we visited this trio, 2010 I think it was, a hot summer day... I'm hoping to do it again with snow on the ridge, early spring possibly. I remember we went up the window and to Megi first, then over the two other Munros, so for the repeat we might reverse the route.


Thank BP. I think we'll be getting more frosty morning like that very soon!
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