Glen Lyon 4 ( snow showers and sunburn)

Route: Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Carn Mairg and Creag Mhor

Munros: Carn Gorm, Carn Mairg, Creag Mhor (Meall na Aighean), Meall Garbh (Carn Mairg)

Date walked: 15/05/2013

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 18km

Ascent: 1310m

With my thighs fully recovered :lol: :lol: :lol: and deciding that for now, I'm better solo walking to save holding folk up :lol: ( as grass seems to grow faster than I walk), I headed through from Linlithgow to Invervar and parked up at the wee area beside the phone-box.
Booted and suited by 8.30 but found that the entry to the WH described path was blocked due to security railing around the "old smithy" :roll: so had a slight detour around the back and over the fence to get to where I needed to be.
The path up through the woods and out alongside the Invervar burn was pretty soft underfoot, but there are marker posts to show directions to Carn Gorm. Crossed over the wee bridge and followed the fence line of the planted forest to you reach the corner and the open moorland and then upwards over pretty boggy conditions to the plateau of Creag Ghlas.
Glen Lyon from Greag Ghlas.JPG
Glen Lyon from Creag Ghlas

Carn Gorm from Creag Ghlas.JPG
Carn Gorm from Greag Ghlas

From here it's a steady climb up to the crest and over to the cairn of Carn Gorm. When I set away from the car park, there was still a lot of clag on the peaks but by the time I reached the first summit, was happy that it had all cleared for some more pickys of surrounding views.
Lawers Hills - Ben Lawers, An Stuc & Meall Garbh.JPG
Lawers Hills - Ben Lawers, An Stuc & Meall Garbh

Loch Rannoch from Carn Gorm.JPG
Loch Rannoch from Carn Gorm

Headed off again, following the path down into the beallach and skirted the side of An Sgorr the along the fence post line up and over the boulder field towards the cairn at Meall Garbh.
From Meall Garbh Cairn to Meall Corranaich, Beinn Ghlas & Ben Lawers.JPG
From Meall Garbh Cairn to Meall Corranaich, Beinn Ghlas & Ben Lawers

Schiehallion from Meall Garbh.JPG
Schiehallion From Meall Garbh

Quick cuppa coffee and then headed off again following the path down and back up to Meall a' Bharr where I took shelter from the first of the snow :roll: . Wasn't too bad, but after half the day in relative decent weather, my face was getting a kinda freezing grit-blast :lol: :lol: so I was happy to "honker down" and wait for the worst to pass...
Shoogled off again once the snow had abated, but I could see there was more coming so was happy to reach the cairn at Carn Mairg for some more scran and shelter.....was hoping to fire off reams of pickys of Schiehallion but with the snow and the clag all you're getting is one of me at the cairn... :lol: :lol:
Me at Carn Mairg Cairn.JPG
Me at Carn Mairg Cairn

Ok, I said I was solo, but actually I had Billy Joel, Crowded House, The Commitments & Fleetwood Mac for company on each of the hills respectively :lol: :lol:
Of the whole day, I found the descent from Carn Mairg over the boulder field the hardest and was glad to get back onto the soft under-footing of Gleann Pollaidh before the short climb up to Meall na' Aighean.
Carn Mairg from Creag Mhor ( Meall Na Aighean - 981m).JPG
Carn Mairg from Meall na' Aighean

Carn Gorm from Meall Na Aighean.JPG
Carn Gorm from Meall na'Aighean

From Meall na' Aighean I followed the path on the ridge on the South side of the Allt Coire a'Chearcaill and by now the sun had re-emerged and was beating down on my "less than hairy napper" :lol: :lol: so by the time I reached the car-park, it was, along with my bugle, the colour of the adjacent phone box :lol: :lol: much to Mrs. Sparks amusement when I eventually got home :roll: :roll:
All in all, another fine day out, but this will be the last for a couple of months as I'm away back to work....



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Attachment(s) Date walked: 01/07/2012
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