Log 24 Feb 2013

MEALL GHAORDAIDH 24 FEBRUARY 2013
 
Fraser, Donald, Dave, Eunice, John and Ron met at the car park at 07:00 on what turned out to be a lovely day, weather wise.
 
Eunice, John and Dave travelled together and headed off to do two walks – see the reports below, whilst Fraser, Donald and Ron decided to climb Meall Ghaordaidh.
 
We parked in Glen Lochay on the west side of the Allt Dhuin Chroisg just past Duncroisk and set off at 09:00 following the west side of the burn up a track, over a ladder stile to some old sheilings.   At the iron post we headed up a broad grassy shoulder following a path which was a bit indistinct in places (on the descent we noticed that we may have been better keeping further to the right after we passed the iron post as another path was more pronounced).
 
Towards the top of the shoulder before the final step up to the summit the snow became more widespread and frozen – ideal for walking on with crampons.    Donald and Ron put on their crampons and headed directly to the summit making good progress over the frozen snow, whilst Fraser who had left his crampons behind, followed a well trodden route to the west which afforded him ready made steps in the snow.
 
We arrived at the summit at 11:25 to be welcomed with 360o views of cloud free summits.   A snow covered Ben Nevis bathed in bright sunlight offered a superb view . 
 
After risking frostbite to have a quick bite Fraser and Ron descended back down Fraser’s ascent route, whilst Donald went off to climb Cam Creag (890m) to the east of Meall Ghaordaidh.
 
Fraser and Ron arrived back at the car at 14:20 where they met Donald enjoying a late lunch in the warm sunshine.    The sun was truly out and we could have been fooled into thinking it was an early summer’s day. 
 
As usual, we retired to a local hostelry, the Falls of Dochart Inn in Killin, for a wee refreshment where we met up with Eunice, John and Dave.
Report by Ron Dorn
 
Dropped off by Eunice and John on the Glen Lochay road at NN 483 369. Started walking at 08:45 up shoulder via Sgiath Bhuidhe onto summit plateau of MEALL NAN SUBH. After crossing several tops the final top, which overlooks Glen Lyon, was reached at 11:00.    Returned to Glen Lochay road by reversing route and contouring reaching road at 13:15.   Walked a further 3k on road to where the car was parked. Total distance 13 k approx.
Weather dry and bright all day with excellent views.
Report by Dave Kingswood

John and Eunice left Glen Lochay on a bright sunny day with the prospect of good conditions to come.   We climbed steadily up a tarmac road for about half a mile before taking to the open hillside.   We crossed the moorland climbing steadily before a sustained climb up to spot height 916m.  The snow was deep, crisp and becoming increasingly icy so we donned crampons part way up.  There was real warmth in the sun and the views stretched for miles.
 
We descended into Coire Fion Lairig before a final long steep ascent to BEINN NAN EACHAN.    Our return was by the same route;  so happy with such a great day on the hills.  We met up again with Dave whom we had left in Glen Lochay in the morning to do Meall nan Subh.
Report by Eunice Coop