A windy day in Glen Isla, and throw in a Corbett as well

Route: Monega Hill and Glas Maol round from Glen Isla

Munros: Creag Leacach, Glas Maol
Corbetts: Monamenach

Date walked: 22/09/2013

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 20.75km

Ascent: 1135m

Originally planned this walk for April. but a few tonnes of snow caused a postponement, and now having done the route, I reckon we made the right call as there are plenty of places where avalanches could occur.

Decided to do this walk in the reverse direction that WH recommends, so instead of a 200m lung bursting climb near the end, we had a pleasant stroll out instead.... :D A strong SW wind was another reason, but that would be in our faces for the first hour or so. And this route did leave Monamench Hill at the start and by gum that was a tough start, straight into a 780m ascent. Legs were pumping hard by the time I reached the top, and needed a couple of stops on the way. But a lucky bonus was we spotted a huge herd of deer in the bealach between Monamench and Black Hill. Must have been at least 200 deer in the group, hopefully someone with a decent zoom lens will have got a good photo of them.

Lunch was taken in the shadow of Craig Leacach which looked magnificent now that the early clag had been blown away, leaving us blue skies and sunshine all day.
It was still a tough pull up the side of Leacach and once there we had the full force of the wind pushing us sideways at times. But it was mainly on our backs. Plenty of other folks out on these hills but we were the only party doing the route from Auchaven Farm. Much prefer doing a circular route where possible, especially on these hills where the conventional route might leave a 3 or 4 mile hike up a potentially busy road.

Finally reached the summit cairn of Leacach after 4 hrs but didn't hang around much as it was still a full on wind at this point. It's not much of a summit anyways as it's part of a wall, so we continued on towards Glas Maol. Much easier going here as it was mainly grass to walk on and the wind on our backs helped with the uphill trek.

Took us about another hour to get to the shelter cairn on Glass Maol and it was a nice spot for lunch part 2. And despite the wind. I had an attempt at star-fishing (copyright RR) but in all honesty it was a lame attempt. I was more concerned about the wind blowing me off. There is a pic taken by someone else but so far it's not been uploaded yet.

After a nice break, it was onwards and downwards to Little Glas Maol. Such a lovely spot and as we were quite sheltered a group decision was made to have a wee lie down in the warm sunshine before heading back down back to the car park. Such a pleasant day with good company and loads of photo's taken by others. I only had my phone camera with me but they turned out alright despite the camera shake caused by the wind.

8 hrs to complete wasn't too bad since the first 2 were pretty much head on into the wind. It was only when crossing the final burn that I remembered my hipflask. So a wee toot was partaken. Better late than never....

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