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Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc


Postby jimandandrea » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:29 pm

Route description: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Munros included on this walk: An Stuc, Meall Garbh (Ben Lawers), Meall Greigh

Date walked: 24/03/2011

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 16.7 km

Ascent: 1230m

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Weather forecast looked good so we decided to give this a go- really did not fancy doing An Stuc if the weather/visability was poor. Parked in Ben Lawers Hotel car park at very respectable 8.00am: game on.
The walk up is described in very positive terms and I have to say as an approach it is very impressive. Just in case you are not sure which way to go- help is at hand.
An Stuc March 11_0005.jpg

As we left the Lawers Burn and headed up to the ridge the skies were clearing and the sun was out.
An Stuc March 11_0031.jpg

Heading up to to Meall Greigh the views were amazing.
An Stuc Pana 4 March 11_edited-1.jpg

and they view over Loch Tay
An Stuc pana 5 March 11_edited-1.jpg
View over Loch Tay

Heading over to Meall Garbh, the sun was out and the wind had dropped.
An Stuc Pana 8 March 11.jpg

We even had someone for company
An Stuc March 11_0065_edited-1.jpg

A great ascent up Meall Garbh - most enjoyable even though the cloud had made an appearance and it looked like the great morning was going to turn into not such a good afternoon. From Meall Garbh we had been loocking forward to the views over An Stuc, but it was now in mist - oh jings.
An Stuc pana 12 March 11_edited-1.jpg
Meall Garbh summit

But it did clear - a bit. Main thing was we could see where we were going and how we wer going to do it.
An Stuc pana 13 March 11.jpg
An Stuc from Meall Garbh

We had read it was a tricky ascent but we felt the residual snow made it easier to get up - no wet rock etc.
An Stuc AL March 11_0241.jpg
An Stuc ascent

Actually, there was more snow than we thought with a snowy edge but a clear top.
An Stuc AL March 11_0247_edited-1.jpg
An Stuc Summit

Great views over to the route we had done the previous day - in not so clear weather: Meall Corranaich and Meall a Choire Leith.
An stuc looking onto Meall Corranaich.jpg

Having done Ben Lawers last time we were up in Scotland we headed down to the Lochan just after An Stuc. This was done all the quicker by bum slide.
An Stuc March 11_0162.jpg

Done
And soon we were making our of the hill surrounded by fantastic views basking in sunshine.
An Stuc Pana 17 March 11_edited-1.jpg

A great day: mountains and weather.

Perhaps the only comment is that the bridge over the Lawers burn is not so good if you are a short @r$e
An Stuc AL March 11_0254.jpg
Making it look easy - NOT!

One last thing to do after such a great day.
An Stuc March 11_0223.jpg
Last edited by jimandandrea on Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Postby ChrisW » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:43 pm

Great report and some spectacular photo's :D
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Re: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Postby rockhopper » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:51 pm

Nice to see these hills in different conditions. Takes me back. I enjoyed this round last October and looks like you did too - great stuff. :D
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Re: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Postby blueyed » Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:11 pm

great pics. looks like a awesone day out!
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Re: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Postby pollyh33 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:16 pm

Great pics! Loved the path marker at the start!!! :lol:
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Re: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Postby gammy leg walker » Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:04 pm

Another fine report there,you are fairly ticking of your Munros,these 3 make up a great round and it"s no hardship to visit the hotel at the end for tea n biccys :lol:
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Re: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Postby LeithySuburbs » Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:49 pm

Wow, great report with some fab pics :D . Looking forward to these 3 :) .
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Re: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Postby audreywaugh » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:10 pm

Great report and photos! An Stuc does look very steep, but we are looking forward to doing these at some point over the summer, hope we get some nice blue skies as well 8)
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Re: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Postby yokehead » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:11 pm

Really enjoyed this and your other posts from your visit to this fine area. Good to see you were rewarded with some great weather following the earlier not so good conditions! :D

Love the photos of the An Stuc ascent and the bum slide, wonderful. 8)
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Re: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Postby Border Reiver » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:58 pm

I like the pics - they bring back memories, but not good ones of An Stuc. I was climbing Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh, Meall Corranaich and Meall' a Choire Leith and it just happened to be in the way. It was just before it was added to the Munros Tables in 1997 and it was the most horrible ascent from the East, on mostly very wet and very steep grass. The only obvious sign of a path of any kind was the slightly worn grass and there wasn't much to hang on to. I was so glad to get to the top of that one.
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Re: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Postby Alastair S » Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:06 pm

Fab report and photos - I do love a good panorama :D

The An Stuc ascent didn't look too bad in the snow - a definite path to follow and presumably the snow wasn't rock hard ice. It took me 2 or 3 attempts when I did this (in May, only the odd patch of snow) and I very nearly turned around there.
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Re: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Postby jimandandrea » Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:00 pm

Alastair S wrote:Fab report and photos - I do love a good panorama :D

The An Stuc ascent didn't look too bad in the snow - a definite path to follow and presumably the snow wasn't rock hard ice. It took me 2 or 3 attempts when I did this (in May, only the odd patch of snow) and I very nearly turned around there.


Cheers.

The snow was really good: solid and muckle foot holds and the ice axe placement was solid so, although steep, steady away and we were up.
I could not believe there was a path up. Wow!
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Re: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Postby Graeme D » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:17 pm

Yep, this brings back very fond memories of these three about this time last year. That bridge is a bugger though! :lol:
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Re: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Postby jimandandrea » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:27 am

Graeme Dewar wrote:Yep, this brings back very fond memories of these three about this time last year. That bridge is a bugger though! :lol:


I thought I would get my own back, taking that picture of Jim, after the Darth Vadar pics :lol:
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Re: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Postby jimandandrea » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:29 am

yokehead wrote:Really enjoyed this and your other posts from your visit to this fine area. Good to see you were rewarded with some great weather following the earlier not so good conditions! :D

Love the photos of the An Stuc ascent and the bum slide, wonderful. 8)


I just love bumslides. Deliberately bought my winter walking trousers with reinforced 'backside' :lol:
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