That's not Chuil
by Stretch » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:00 pm
Route description: Sgiath Chuil and Meal Glas from Glen Lochay
Munros included on this walk: Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil
Date walked: 20/11/2010
Time taken: 6.45 hours
Distance: 17.5 km
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I had originally planned to do Ben Lui and its lower neighbor to set up my 100th, but I didn't think the river crossing on that walk would be possible after all the rain. So I stupidly chose these two buggers. It was a pretty horrible day altogether, and I doubt that I even look up toward these two hills from the A85 next time I pass them.
by malky_c » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:23 pm
by Milesy » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:28 pm
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by rockhopper » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:33 pm
What a difference a week can make. It sounds like you had a pretty hard time of it - a lot of the snow looks like it has melted in your pictures and that probably made the ground boggier. I think if I was doing it again I'd approach Meall Glas from Beinn Cheathaich to avoid the steep climb up Meall Glas and it probably doesn't save a lot of time skipping it.
I certainly found it boggy on the early stages of the Sgiath Chuil approach from the south and from other reports thought that the north was drier but looks like you've hit it at its worst. I also had a similar problem to you getting down Sgiath Chuil with the snow drift.
On the plus side.....at least you got out this weekend....I've been at home due to family commitments
- mountain coward
Sounds like you had a really tough day. You probably don't want to hear this but you didn't need to ford the river. From the farm there is a path that crosses the river by a bridge and then goes up the hillside. see my report http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5131 Mind you you would have had to ford the river on the way back down but then its almost back at the car.
Yep the pathless hillside up Sgiath Chuil is full of bogs. I was lucky I done these in a drought. Good effort.
by Stretch » Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:53 am
by gammy leg walker » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:53 pm
by Merry-walker » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:57 pm
by jonny616 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:18 pm
I did SC on it's own last Jan in the snow so missed the bogs, but got wet crossing the river o few 100 yards after the ford.
Did Lui last November & found the first river crossing ok, because i took trainers, put my boots on once over & picked my trainers up on the way back!
by Graeme D » Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:40 pm
Congrats on hitting the 100. You've whizzed past me now. I'm a bit stuck in the nasty nineties! Myself and two mates didn't fancy the ford crossing when we did Meal Glas and the Corbett a few weeks back. We continued along to Badour and used the footbridge there, then walked through some rather hideous bog on the other side of the river on the way back down off Cheataich.
by Jockstar » Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:49 pm
- mountain coward
by LeithySuburbs » Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:09 pm
Stretch wrote:thankfully I'm done with these and going back to them will not be an option
Don't think i'd have tried to ford that - but then again your head is about 12 inches higher than mine .
by jonny616 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:23 pm
Jockstar wrote:Just made a mental note to stay away from these two until the drought happens in June.
In my experiance better done in snow when frozen.