The meet began early for two of the party
as on Friday Ian and Jim Bryce set off from the car park at the
end of the minor road which leads north west from Newtonmore and
with strong squally winds blowing from the west and the sky that
was often very black and menacing they had a straightforward day
on Creag Liath
On Saturday morning Chris, Sue, Vicky and
Marj set off to do A' Chailleach and Carn Sgulain. The weather
was challenging and the going was tough. Although they only managed to get to
the summit of A' Chailleach they
had an enjoyable, but character building day !!
The burn was crossed by a bridge and then
an early lunch in a nice little tin hut.
The walk up to the col was not too bad, but
windy at times and cold with visibility poor in the snow
The summit was serious
They had to get down as quickly as
possible. After a slight drift in direction as it was so
difficult they regained the col and the correct route. It had closed
in a lot and there was a lot of fresh snow that wasn't there on
the way up. They didn't get much views.
Chris was great at route finding and very
kindly found the holes so the others could avoid them.
And back to the tin hut.
A late lunch was taken here as there was
very little eaten on the hill. The snow was soft and got in
everythere. If you opened a pocket or rucksack it just filled
with snow. The jacket zips between the velcro and every nook and
cranny on the rucksacks was filled up.
They then went straight down to the burn
and Sue and Marj both managed to slip off rocks into the water.
Vicky took the other option and followed the bank down to the
bridge which we used on the way up.
They were very proud of ourselves for
accomplishing as much as we did, all good experience.
Also on that wild morning Jim and Ian set
off for Meall nan Eagan which lies about 3 miles north west of
Dalwhinnie. There were frequent snow showers driven by a strong
wind as they walked up the Allt an t-Sluic and summited Meall nan
Meall nan Eagan summit
Sunday dawned a better day so Sue, Vicky
and Marj headed to Sgairneach Mhor starting along Allt Coire
Dhomhain and up to the col between the hump next to Sow of
Atholl and Sgairneach Mhor. The day was a complete contrast to
Saturday. The views were amazing and it was sunny all day but
very cold and windy up high.
Main objective zoomed in
… and out with Sow of Atholl to left.
The going was made easier by a couple ahead
breaking a path for us.
The summit with Ben Alder behind
Also on Sunday while the others were on a
Munro Ian and Jim set off for a Graham, Creag Dhubh. This is a rocky hill about 2 miles south west of Newtonmore,
and is well known for its rock climbs. There were several inches
of fresh snow over most of the hill. They walked west on the
road for about 300m to a gate in the fence and walked uphill and
were soon on the track which is marked on the map, the track is
not visible from the gate. There were excellent views of the Creag Meagaidh group, the Beinn a’Chlachair group, the
Newtonmore Munros and the Dalwhinnie Munros. Unfortunately the
tops of the Glen Feshie hills were covered in mist. The views
down Strath Spey were quite something special.
They agreed that this was a cracking hill
which gave quite a sporting ascent in soft snow and sunny
weather – just fabulous.
Looking towards Creag Meagaidh
Zoom on a Munro to the south west
Zoom on Creah Meagaidh
The final slope up to the summit
The Newtonmore Munros
Ian approaching the summit
Newtonmore Munros from Creag Dhubh
As can be seen, for both parties, it was a
brilliant end to weekend.