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Off the radar in the Dalnaspidal Triangle - Part 2
by Graeme D » Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:08 pm
Corbetts included on this walk: Meall na Leitreach
Grahams included on this walk: Creag a'Mhadaidh
Date walked: 21/11/2010
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 13 km
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Quickly breakfasted, swept up and packed up, with packs feeling considerably lighter now that all the fuel had been burnt, we were away by 6.30am heading south on the track which leads all the way from Dalnaspidal, past the bothy, to Craiganour Lodge and Annat on the northern shore of Loch Rannoch. It was still pitch dark, so we walked in line with the headtorches illuminating our way. One of those priceless feelings - in the pre-dawn pitch dark in the middle of nowhere on a cold Sunday morning in November.
At more or less the high point of the track as it passes between the twin 612 metre hills of Gualann Sheillach to our right (the nicer looking profile, it has to be said) and our target Graham of Creag a' Mhadaidh to the left, we leave the track and descend down onto a flat area of boggy, grassy ground. Although not frozen solid, the ground is hard enough to have mercifully taken the edge off the bog.
As we begin to flatten off as we approach the summit plateau, it gets light enough to dispense with the headtorches, and by the time we reach the surprisingly significant summit cairn, there are half decent views back to yesterday's Corbett, Beinn Mholach, and ahead of us over Loch Erochty. If Beinn Mholach's summit is relatively unfrequented, then how many visitors can this place see?
After a few summit shots and a quick bite to eat, we drop down off the north eastern slopes of Creag a' Mhadaidh into the expanse of flat, rough ground alongside the Allt Poll Dubh-ghlas, which we follow upstream onto Meall na Leitreach.
Despite the odd suggestion that the cloud was about to lift, and Kev's admirable optimism that this was about to happen at any moment, it never did, and by the time we reached the bleak, tundra-like Corbett summit, visibility was practically zero. In fact, we had to do a little bit of relocation to establish that we cairn we initially came across looming out of the clag was in fact the true summit.
On the descent back down to Dalnaspidal we encountered a few parties of walkers heading up, clearly day trippers looking for a fairly short and straightforward November hill day. We were back at the car by 11.30 am and I was back in Perth by just after 12.30 in time for a nice leisurely Sunday lunch!
by malky_c » Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:21 pm
- Looking West from Meall na Leitreach 21-12-2007
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by dooterbang » Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:29 pm
Its fab walking in darkness for a couple of hours to then be on a summit as the sun rises, shame you didn't get views.
Cool to be back home for lunch and being able to chill.
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