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A ridge too far perhaps - Tarmachan Torture!?

A ridge too far perhaps - Tarmachan Torture!?


Postby dooterbang » Fri May 04, 2018 6:58 pm

Route description: The Tarmachan Ridge

Munros included on this walk: Meall nan Tarmachan

Date walked: 21/04/2018

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 18 km

Ascent: 1200m

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Saturday started with fellow Walkhighlanders Polly & Theresa, we would run the Run Mhor 10k Hidden Glen route. This would be my 1st trail run event. Also present, but not participating, would be Fiona...designated photographer, and a job well done :) The race was hard for the first 5k as uphill, the last 5k a relief! It was a fantastic event which we all enjoyed :D

Run Mhor
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Fiona and I would be walking the Tarmachan Ridge after the Run Mhor event, well if I could get rid of my John Wayne gait :lol: We would take in the ridge clockwise meaning a flat 6k walk in before ascending up to the ridge, this would give my legs a little stretch before the hard graft!

At around 3pm, with the sun shining we set off SW along a very good track...I was feeling good :)

A nice leisurely walk ensued, then a food stop before ascending pathlessly to the ridge proper.

This would be the hardest part of the walk, as per usual, and I did feel tired!

Ascending to the ridge.
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Finally there, sporting a windswept look :)
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Once on the ridge the route ahead East was easily identified, so off we went with smiles on our faces. Chocolate providing me with untold energy :lol:

Looking back
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Some snow patches provided a platform for Fiona to revisit her youth :crazy: :lol:
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More snow, but easily dealt with :)
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The next part of the ridge, just before Meall Garbh, provides a Grade 1 scramble. Good fun but over all too quickly!
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Top of the scramble.
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Further along the ridge we came across a little lochan, reminding us how great winter had been for walking the mountains :D

The Lochan - and chilling out 8)
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From the side
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From the lochan it was an easy walk to the Munro summit of Meall Nan Tarmachan

Looking back
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And finally we reached the summit, with no other person on the ridge....bliss :D 8)
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The wind was strong so we didn't hang about and made our way down the south face, with me slipping on my ass which got very wet...a source of amusement for Fiona :shock: :wink:

Feeling good we both ran the last 2k back to the car park, rounding off the traverse with a boost to our seratonin levels :wink: 8) Tarmachan wasn't torturous at all, it was a lovely evening walk :)

A nice late evening walk in good comapny :) I must've impressed Fiona with my banter up in Assynt last month as she was up for more walks, or maybe she's just a tad mental...she is from Hawick after all :shock: :crazy: :lol:
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Re: A ridge too far perhaps - Tarmachan Torture!?

Postby Alteknacker » Fri May 04, 2018 7:54 pm

Superb day to do the ridge - cracking pix - and what's 10km warm-up among friends??? :D
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Re: A ridge too far perhaps - Tarmachan Torture!?

Postby malky_c » Fri May 04, 2018 9:46 pm

Trying to outdo the young-uns going for a walk after a race. Well maybe not, but I'll take credit for it anyway - cheers :lol:

Looked good 8)
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