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A Diet of Berries

A Diet of Berries


Postby Yorjick » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:44 pm

Route description: Beinn nan Oighreag, Glen Lochay

Munros included on this walk: Meall Ghaordaidh

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn nan Oighreag

Date walked: 04/08/2018

Time taken: 6.75 hours

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 1200m

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Having spent the previous night on Meall nan Subh (hill of the berries), I had already got my old legs working, when I set up from Glen Lochy with the main objective being Beinn nan Oighreag (Hill of the cloudberries). The weather was fine at the start, only to slowly deteriorate as I ascended the south ridge of Beinn nan Oighreag, only for the rain to stop and the clouds open up on reaching the summit ridge. Perfect timing! :D

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Looking across to Cam Chreag - the ridge I would follow to the top of Meall Ghaordie.


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About 500 metres distance before the summit - looking towards the Tarmachan Ridge - the hills quickly clearing!


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Looking west towards Meall Ghaordie and Stuchd an Lochain - Meall Buidhe far right.


The photos do not show it but there was a rather fresh breeze, so I headed east from the summit to find a sheltered spot for a spot of lunch and to link my camera and phone for a summit selfie.

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I decided to head further north to this small cairn at 899 metres - Ben Lawers group left and Tarmachan Ridge right.


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Meall Buidhe - I think it is Ben Alder in the cloud with Beinn Bheoil to its right.


I followed the fence posts down to the bealach, though deviating to easier ground at times, had a snack and headed up to Cam Chreag, here looking towards Creag an Tulabhain. Stuchd an Lochan left and Meall Buidhe and the Corbett Cam Chreag to the right.

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Looking south to Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin, as well as the Corbett Beinn Each.

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Looking back to Beinn nan Oighreag.


Unfortunately, more low clouds arrived and I did not have the benefit of enjoying the full 360 degree views from the top. Still, it was not so windy and it was comfortable to linger for a while.

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Picking up a path from the summit, I was reminded of how much easier the Munros can be compared to the Corbetts :thumbup: . Heading down through vegetation, possibly with hidden holes, increases the risk of injury and requires much greater care than heading down a clear path, such as this one which is the main route up and down Meal Ghaordie.
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