Meall Chuaich- Last winter!!
by Dannyboy » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:36 pm
Route description: Meall Chuaich, Drumochter
Munros included on this walk: Meall Chuaich
Date walked: 15/12/20091 person thinks this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Drama over we arrived at our parking place in the slushy layby on the A9 where we got kitted out and set off along the snowy track by the aquaduct/canal thing!
Along the path we met a couple of guys on quadbikes carrying dead deer on the back- probably their blood that was spilt on a patch of snow further on.
To our right hand side we could see a big herd of deer that were still alive and roaming on a smaller hill. Every so often the sun also poked itself out from the clouds warming us up and reminding us that there wasn't just cloud above us!
As we approached the locked wooden bothy we stumbled across a popular resting place for other walkers and grouse. I tried to sneak up on them to get a closer photo but they weren't having any of it- the grouse that is!! Besides this we also ran into the start of the deeper snow which slowed us considerably.
The snow deepened further and the incline steepened for the first time- it was a shock a relatively flat walk in. We did have some footsteps which made the going slightly easier until we passed people slowly lugging snowboards and skis up the mountain then we had to break the soft snow ourselves. The wind picked up dramatically as we reached the crest of the hill and passed the frozen fenceposts, we now walked in a silent line as our conversation was blown away by the biting wind. We touched the top and instantly marched back to get out of the worst of the wind, after 5minutes we stopped and put up our group shelter to have a bite to eat and a chat/moan about the wind!!
After debating the pros and cons of slowly creeping down inside our shelter we decided we just had to brave the wind so we put on our goggles and marched down the hill to reverse our ascent route through knee deep snow though at least the wind was 'helping' us down now! We also saw the snowsport enthusiasts weaving gracefully down the hill and suddenly i became very jealous and all their efforts seemed worth it for the few minutes of speedy descent- next time thatll be me!!
We did get some views of the snow covered landscape on our descent and a deep blue sky appeared over the summit though too late for us to really appreciate it- just our luck!! Straight back to glasgow for a well earned drink followed by a contented nap!
This is a hill thats probably not up to much in the summer but covered in snow it provides a great days entertainment- a good one for some free snowsports too!!
by kevsbald » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:39 pm
by Dannyboy » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:58 pm
Love the innovative pics, especially the red one... and more especially the ice axe attack one Brilliant!
I'd forgotten how incongruous that pipeline looked - your pic really shows that!
- mountain coward
by Dannyboy » Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:07 pm
by 37lumleyst » Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:17 pm
Good reading, thanks. I enjoyed that!!
by tamw51 » Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:21 pm
Dannyboy wrote:I too like to partake in sledging- usually we use our survival bags(what else can you use them for?!)- they are really good for sliding and you can build up some speed- you just need your ice axe brake!! On this occasion the snow was too soft as we just sank into the snow, i do also like to ski and snowboard its just i hadnt thought about it before. We did get a great survival bag slide down ben nevis last winter- we slid for quite a long time, also put a video on youtube where i held my camera and filmed the guy in front of me while we both slid down, can search for- "crazy slide beinn dubhcraig" (ignore the stupid noises!)
The stupid noises are part of it! I'll have to take a look when I'm not at work - we can't go onto YouTube at work unfortunately
- mountain coward
by HighlandSC » Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:55 am
Your sledging vid is a cracker
by John Burgess » Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:35 am
A real fun report - thanks.
by Dannyboy » Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:05 pm
- Maybe we should have tried the really steep bit to the left of this picture!
Making me think...maybe we could start a list of top locations/mountains to slide down!