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Carn Mairg Circuit

Carn Mairg Circuit


Postby Grisu » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:34 pm

Route description: Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Carn Mairg and Creag Mhor

Munros included on this walk: Carn Gorm, Carn Mairg, Creag Mhor (Meall na Aighean), Meall Garbh (Carn Mairg)

Date walked: 18/07/2019

Time taken: 7.03 hours

Distance: 19 km

Ascent: 1322m

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I set off in heavy rain from Killin trusting the weather forecast that it will stop soon and that only another hour of dark clouds and heavy showers are likely during the walk. When I turned into the road to Inverar the rain stopped and the sun came out. :D
The start of the walk was well signed so I didn't struggle with the usual confusion at the beginning.
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pictures of the start

On my way up I saw a little sheep trying to get through a gap of a fence to its mother which was on the other side, I stopped it but I couldn't help the mother. The whole herd made a lot of noise and came down to look for the lost sheep - it was really touching.
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sheep drama

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scottish intersection

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the awkward bridge

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nice views during my walk up to Càrn Gorm

I was very confident that the weather forecast would be reliable and so I was not surprised to see the dark clouds coming short before the summit of Carn Gorm where I met the rain almost on time.
But reaching the first summit mist appeared suddenly and blocked all stunning views around ...
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Carn Gorm

Down the bealach the misty fog fragmented and lifted in parts but it still was raining and a strong wind was pushing me upwards now. On top of Meall Garbh I only took a picture of the de corated cairn because the weather had become very unpleasant meanwhile.
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decorated cairn on top of Meall Garbh

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now following the fainter line of fence posts

The rain stopped finally but the wind became stronger. In some places I struggled to keep my balance, most of all when it came from the side, especially on the ridge of Meal a'Bhàrr. At least the sun came out for a little while so that wind and sun dried my clothes.
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sunny spells

On top of Carn Mairg I finally had some views and I took a little break although the wind was really unbearble and the noise was nerveracking, somehow weird and a bit scaring.
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views around Carn Mairg for a short moment

Suddenly the top was covered in mist and I got a little bit confused about the direction but thanks to my edge 1000 I didn't miss the right turn down to the next bealach.
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outlook towards the last summit

On top of Meal na Aighean there were no views again, so I said hello to the cairn and started the descent.
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another cairn in the mist

The way back was long and in parts quite muddy with headwind all the way down and heavy rain again short before I reached the gate at the felled area.
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the valley with river lyon ahead

However, I really enjoyed the whole walk, no matter the weather, especially the part between Meall Garbh and Carn Mairg with the sunny spells in between and some views around. It was easy going to the Creag Mhor and the descent was not too struggling.
Now I hope, I'll have the chance to repeat this walk once with better views :wink:
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Garmin record
Last edited by Grisu on Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Carn Mairg Circuit

Postby dav2930 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:09 pm

Sounds like you had some gnarly conditions up there, but at least you got some good views. Glen Lyon is very beautiful and those four Munros make a fine circuit. A very enjoyable report! :clap:
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Re: Carn Mairg Circuit

Postby Grisu » Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:11 pm

Thank you for your feedback, @dav2930 🌻
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