Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh & An Stuc
by Jockstar » Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:53 am
Route description: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc
Munros included on this walk: An Stuc, Meall Garbh (Ben Lawers), Meall Greigh
Date walked: 04/09/2010
Time taken: 9 hours
Distance: 16 km
Ascent: 1230mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The higher I climbed the worst the mist was and I had to resort to map and compass but given the weather forecast
of clearing and the sun coming out (Ha! Ha!) ploughed on and reched the carin after 2 hours.this would be the first
time of summitting Meall Greigh!
So took another bearing and headed west to try and pick up the path on the way to Meall Garbh. Continuously taking my bearing every 15 mins due to the fact I couldn't see more than 20 yards ahead i was confident that i was headed in the same direction. Saw some walkers in the mist going to what I thought was them coming from Meall Garbh so cut across
and went in the opposite direction where I joind a path and carried on..and on ...the weather cleared for a bit and I saw
a right to left shoulder and thought that i was on the right way to meall Garbh. As I reached the summit there was a group of people already at the cairn. On getting chatting to these likeable and friendly people from Fife i quickly realised
that I had come back to Meall Greigh !!! i couldn't even figure out how I had managed it! a lesson in how to get into trouble (nearly) because my map reading is not up to scratch!
I had 'lost' one and a half hours going round in a circle! Anyway I now had people to walk on with and they were really nice people, one of whom was a ML, one a minister,one a janitor, one the church organist and the other a tutor for distance learning courses, which coincentally is my bag. What a great walk we had and especiall with An Stuc to come much needed confidence to get up the 'scrambling' bit. I hadn't realised what was in store and wow! what a buzz!
So we all marched onto Meall Garbh and made good time to the cairn.
From there we could see An Stuc and we made the top in 36 minutes from Meall Garbh.
This was the first time of doing scrambling and the buzz was great. as there was a 73 year old gentleman who had just gone up in front of us with no bother so no room for excuses. The 2 ladies in our party also showed that this was no problem and once at the top it was brilliant!
From there it was down the Bealach to Lochan nan Cat and we stopped on the side of the loch before making our way back to the lawyers for a beer.
This was a big learning curve for myself but also a great walk with lovely people and some great sights of the hills (sometimes!) it has to be the 'best' yet but I know I know I have lots to come. it also mean't that because I had done 1 and a have hours more walking than the others I desrved another pint!
by Stretch » Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:42 am
by Jockstar » Sun Sep 05, 2010 3:35 pm
by skuk007 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:35 pm
Always good to meet nice folk on the hills who don't mind a bit of company. Is there a path up through the scrambly bit of An Stuc? I know what you mean about the scrambling buzz - felt the same when going up Bidean nam Bian in Glencoe in May. Glad when it's over but certainly gets the adrenaline flowing.
by Jockstar » Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:30 pm
The path has recently had some work done on it so there is lots of loose stones and earth but is in good
condition. That said it's pretty steep and I wouldn't liketo attempt it in the winter. As quoted in the SMC
Hillwalkers monros book "It is definitely the hardest bit of the Ben Lawyers ridge". Still it does get the
juices flowing !
by Bod » Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:43 pm
by Jockstar » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:36 pm