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Meall a'Choire Leith & Meall nam Maigheach

Meall a'Choire Leith & Meall nam Maigheach


Postby yokehead » Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:52 pm

Munros included on this walk: Meall a' Choire Lèith

Corbetts included on this walk: Meall nam Maigheach

Date walked: 12/03/2009

Distance: 8.9 km

Ascent: 696m

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If, like I had last year, you climb Meall Corranaich but for some reason don’t get to Meall a’ Choire Leith on the same trip, this is a decent wee excursion to bag the munro and add a Corbett too. I started from the high point of the road just north of Lochan na Lairige. There’s parking space for 3 or 4 cars, walk back towards the lochan a bit and a rough path leads to the left into the boggy moorland. It was windy and showery as I drove and there was a heavy burst as I was changing, that was the last for a while though and the sun got through with clouds mostly above the peaks.

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the start

I contoured round Meall nan Eun then headed straight up the ridge to the Corbett, sloshing across bog and peat hags but it wasn’t too bad going. It is only a couple of km to go and ascent of around 220m to the Corbett so you feel like you’re cheating a bit. No, I didn’t feel like that really!

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joined photos of targets corbett left, munro right

The views that open out to the Lawers and Tarmachan ranges and the Glen Lyon hills are quite fine.

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Carn Gorm group of 4, Glen Lyon

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magnificent Tarmachan

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Framed Ben Lawers, An Stuc & Meall Garbh with Meall nam Maigheach cairn

There is a small cairn at the summit but there was no shelter from the wind so I headed straight down to the east. There were some large snow patches still about, especially on the steeper section halfway down so I put these to good use which speeded the descent and was good fun as ever. I headed for a bend in the river, directly below the summit of Meall a’ Choire Leith, intending a direct assault.

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heading down through the snow to the valley

However the river, whilst not wide, was fairly deep and fast flowing from the melt water so I walked about half a km upstream before crossing and stopping for lunch. It was completely sheltered from the wind here and a lovely spot in this valley, a perfect accompaniment to my chicken soup, sandwiches and scotch egg. Makes me hungry just thinking about it, food tastes so good in that setting! As usual I dallied for quite a while but finally hauled the sack on for the next leg.

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delightful valley burn

I must say that the climb to the summit seemed to be a real slog and not one that I much enjoyed. It didn’t look too steep on the map but was the sort of terrain where you can’t keep your foot flat so I resorted to zig zagging, side stepping and too many stops for breath, I want to get much fitter than this. The cairn did appear eventually but offered no shelter so a quick photo and I moved down since a squall was imminent.

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Meall a'Choire Leith cairn

I headed south west to contour around Meall Corranaich’s ridge, aiming for the faint path I’d spotted earlier. The squall arrived and I was lashed by an evil mix of hail and rain for about 10 minutes, this slackened a little by the time I crossed the Coire Gorm stream at the obvious spot. The path gives fast going and led to a small dam that isn’t marked on the map. The going was very wet; I flowed down the hill along with most of the hillside it seemed. The dam enabled me to cross the stream just below it otherwise there would have been a walk upstream.

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dam heading back

From here it is a squelch through the bog again, at one point I came across a narrow 2 metre deep hole with a stream at the bottom and half covered with drifted snow, showing that care is needed in this type of terrain. I regained the path and zoomed back to the car.
Last edited by yokehead on Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:15 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Meall a'Choire Leith & Meall nam Maigheach

Postby cjwaugh » Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:13 pm

Thanks that's a handy one yokehead i,m off to climb the two Munroe's tomorrow and was wondering if the single track road was clear of snow it looks fine another nice report cheers :D
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Re: Meall a'Choire Leith & Meall nam Maigheach

Postby yokehead » Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:15 pm

Yep road is completely clear, enjoy your day.
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Re: Meall a'Choire Leith & Meall nam Maigheach

Postby Freewheelin » Sun Mar 15, 2009 2:21 am

there's been a fair thaw in the last week - was doin' Tarmachan on 8th in gale, white outs, and spindrift that stung like hell.
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