25th. October, 2007:
Partly because he used to work in Scotland, Toddy had already done all the Munros but, as we are both teachers and had a half term holiday, he'd said that he was happy to join me for some tramping on the Glen Lyon hills provided that we could tick off the odd Corbett along the way. Today was our fourth day out and, after a reasonable night camped by the Allt Lairig Luaidhe, we were away to get some exercise in less than sparkling weather by clambering over the Corbett of Beinn nan Oighreag (Oilrig - obviously) on our way back towards Fortingall. So, after crossing Oilrig's transverse ridge, we headed sharply down to the Lairig Breislich before climbing up the north north west ridge of Meall nan Tarmachan. Once on the ridge, we hit sunshine and turned west to take in Beinn nan Eachan and Creag na Cailich (partly because Toddy thought that the latter had, at least at one time, been a Munro), encountering people for the first time in several days. Then we headed east to the main top and set out on an annoying and complex descent north east and north over Creag an Lochain - there were better options - down to the north end of Lochan na Lairige. We were, at this point, thinking of stopping to camp but the terrain (like the weather) was relatively inhospitable so we decided to head up into the potentially sheltered valley of a stream draining the northern slopes of Meall Corranaich. Fortunately, this paid off and we were able to pitch our tent on a rocky islet in the middle of the steep, fast flowing stream, sheltered from the worst of the weather. And the bonus was that we were high - somewhere around 770 metres - so our final day could start easily.
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