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Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag


Postby Graeme D » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:15 pm

Munros included on this walk: Meall Ghaordaidh

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn nan Oighreag

Date walked: 06/11/2011

Time taken: 6.8 hours

Distance: 11.4 km

Ascent: 1116m

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It was a bitterly cold night in the tent next to the bridge over the River Lyon just east of the Stronuich Reservoir. I confess, I did not last the night in the tent but relocated into the car at some point and sporadically ran the engine for short bursts throughout the remainder of the night, just to boost the internal temperature a bit.

The twin northern spurs of Meall Ghaordaidh stood out starkly against the bright November night sky, standing sentinel over me through the night. I missed Lucy - she is always a good source of additional warmth in situations like these - but she is getting a little bit too veteran to be doing hard-core multi-day routes like this. :(

I had set my alarm for 6am hoping to get off the mark sharpish but I resorted to hitting the snooze button a few times and so it was closer to 7 by the time I emerged from the car. The temperature read -3.5 and it felt colder. I quickly stuffed the tent and it's few remaining contents into the boot of the car, removed all unnecessary overnight gear from my pack and repacked for a day trip.

I opted to forego coffee and a hot breakfast, instead shovelling a couple of cereal bars and an apple down my throat. I needed to get going to generate some warmth and find out whether I could still actually walk after the marathon of the previous 24-36 hours around Culra.

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The soles of my feet actually felt OK but my legs felt like dead weight and every step burned. It was a slow, laboured ascent up through the coire and I did not feel the sun's rays on my face until I emerged onto the ridge to the east of the Munro summit.

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I dumped everything here except my camera and hobbled up to the summit, the divide between north/west and south/east facing aspects being clearly visible as a hard line between green and white.

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I spent quite a while sitting in the considerable shelter cairn at the summit or else roaming around snapping away at the wonderful vista surrounding me, and best of all, there was not another soul around. 8)

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Back down at my pack, I lightened the load further still by eating most of my food before setting off for the Corbett.

As I descended down off Cam Chreag into the bealach between it and Carn Shionnach, the sun reached it's height and the sweat began to pour off me. I was really toiling now and could quite easily have jacked it in and walked out along the Allt and around the northern termination of Creag Tulabhain. Had it not been for the fact that it was such a glorious day (I just knew that I would be unlikely to strike quite as lucky again if I returned for the Corbett at some point in the future) and, having just done my 120th Munro and now being in hot pursuit of my 40th Corbett, I almost certainly would have crawled back to the car with tail firmly between legs. But I laboured on up the long southern nose of the Corbett and was duly rewarded with more amazing views and the place to myself.

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All that remained was to descend north west and trudge wearily back towards the car in the shadow of the great hulking crags of Creag Tulabhain.

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The only people I saw all day were the old bloke standing on the bridge staring into the River Lyon and his wife, sitting reading in the passenger seat of their car parked up alongside mine. I bade him a cheery but tired "hello" and jumped into the car a very happy man for the drive home and a very long, very hot bath. :D


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Re: Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:45 pm

Fine effort Mr Dewar.
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Re: Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Postby rockhopper » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:45 pm

Jammy sod - another day of great weather and views [compared to my wet, cold, windy, white out of a day on these two] :lol: Well done on managing these two after you culra trip :thumbup: cheers
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Re: Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Postby Bod » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:01 pm

Great effort Graeme, well done! I can see you had the colour well back in your cheeks by the second summit in the glorious sunshine! Nice route :D
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Re: Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Postby Morecambe Monkey » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:05 pm

Superb effort after the epic the previous day & the cold night in the tent/car. I would hazard a guess that less hardy souls would have admited defeat & headed home,so i think it is only just you were rewarded with some great views & weather.

Nice one. :D
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Re: Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Postby LeithySuburbs » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:24 pm

the sadist in me has been waiting for this report ;). Catching me up on the Munro tally you b******* :lol: .
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Re: Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:32 pm

Nice walk Graeme and some nice blue sky :D Did look a bit cold though
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Re: Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Postby pollyh33 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:46 pm

So well done Graeme :D

Thanks for posting all the photos of the views that I should have seen from Ghaordaidh- fantastic!

Really love the frozen puddle-just no escaping those pesky contour lines :lol:


PS how much weight did you lose that weekend???
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Re: Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Postby Graeme D » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:51 pm

LeithySuburbs wrote:the sadist in me has been waiting for this report ;). Catching me up on the Munro tally you b******* :lol: .


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Hope it was worth the wait Leithy!

pollyh33 wrote:So well done Graeme :D

Thanks for posting all the photos of the views that I should have seen from Ghaordaidh- fantastic!

Really love the frozen puddle-just no escaping those pesky contour lines :lol:


PS how much weight did you lose that weekend???


Dunno Polly! Suffice to say I was a mere shadow of my former self by the time Monday morning dawned! Like I really need to lose some weight as well! :lol:

Thanks for comments all. A brilliant weekend all told. 8)
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Re: Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Postby kinley » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:56 pm

I'm jealous - not seen any frost yet this year :(

A nice pair and a good looking day. 8)
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Re: Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Postby goth_angel » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:25 pm

Loved the 'contour lines' in the frozen puddle.

We were on Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) that day - some frost on the northern slopes and like there zip on other aspects. A great day to be on the hills.
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Re: Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Postby malky_c » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:50 pm

Great route - I don't know why more people don't do this one from the north, as it's much more interesting, and no harder or longer than the normal route.

Oighreag looked fine that particular morning. Still kicking myself for not doing it when I was up there (I did start towards it, then changed my mind).

Sorry for making pretty much the same comments I make every time this hill combination comes up!
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Re: Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Postby mountaineagle » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:55 pm

Cold frosty mornings, are what I enjoy at this time of year.

Nice wee trip.
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Re: Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Postby dogplodder » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:04 am

What a guy to do this right after your two day purist jaunt! :thumbup:

Like the frozen puddle too. :D
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Re: Going through the pain barrier on Ghaordaidh & Oighreag

Postby Alastair S » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:16 am

Nice report with some super photos :thumbup:

I did these two from Glen Lyon as well and thought Glen Lyon was wonderful. Bienn Oighreag was a bit of a boring lump but Meall Ghaordaidh has real character from this side. Looking forward to my return to tackle the Meall Garbh horseshoe.
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