The continuing tale of one man and his dog Penny out in the hills The Munros in 100 days – MUNRO ADVENTURE – 2015 DAY 21 ( 21st MAY ) DAM DAM DAM
Meall Buidhe ‘(932m, Munro 248) yellow hill’ – Stuchd an Lochain (960m, Munro 196)‘peak of the little loch’ – Meall nan Tarmachan – (1044m, Munro 89)
After the well deserved fish and chips at the Real Food Cafe I headed to a very secluded spot and parked up for the night at Loch an Daimh dam . The wind had got up as the forecast suggested and it was head down at 9.30 . Woke up and it was still blowing quite hard and the tops were clagged in .
The last time I did these 2 hills was in early march 2010 the year of the long cold winter with Bob and Ali with our touring skis. That day it took ages to get here due to road conditions and we didn’t get going till late , we went up through Corrie an Duich to get to the summit of Stuchd an Lochain and realised there wasn’t going to be time to ski back down and ascend Meall Buidhe so the decision was made to ski off the back down to the edge of loch skitter across it and up Coire Pharlain to gain our second summit ( it had been below freezing for 3 months it was frozen solid although Ali doubted it ) . Back to today Meall Buidhe first , not really interesting walked up the boggy path into the clag rain and wind and came back . Had a brew before setting of again past the dam and onto the extremely eroded path, while ascending I heard then saw a ring Ouzel and it seemed to follow me either that or there was more than one , up onto ridge and was surprised to see the summit clear , along the undulating crest and up the steep final rise to the top,took a few photos of Lochan nan Cat far below and headed back the same way and met my friendly Ouzel on the way back down again.
Then it was back to the van for lunch and then drove back to Bridge of Balgie up and over the single track road past Lawers dam and parked in the NTS car park . It was looking grim again low cloud and drizzle nothing else for it waterproofs on and my third dam start of the day . The path to Meall nan Tarmachan is very well made for most of the way just the final steep rise to the top isn’t and today the final 50 m to the summit was tricky with wet snow , no point hanging around it was windy and wet and I had the same dodgy descent route to come , survived that and it was a easy walk Back to the van .
Dam good job today.
55 Munros to date
Another great area and if you read Hamish’s Mountain Walk a book I delve into regularly on Stuchd an Lochain Hamish walked to the summit on the snow barefooted! Over to you Penny!
Hamish Brown was the first walker and climber to complete the Munros in a single round. By his own rules he did it self-powered except where ferries were required and with the aid of his trusty fold away bike. The year was 1974, and the roads of Scotland carried only a fraction of the traffic they do today, windmill farms were unheard of, crafting was more vibrant than it is today, and a strong Scottish mountaineering tradition was already established. Four years later Hamish s Mountain Walk appeared and was an immediate success, inspiring not only climbers but also readers fascinated by the history, geology, plant life and lore of one of Europe s most remote and unspoiled regions. Many walkers and authors would follow in Hamish Brown s boot prints, but none could bring the freshness and few could touch the depth of knowledge and experience. Now the book returns, re-imagined in modern fonts, with a new introduction and appendix and with two brilliant full colour plate sections provided by the author from his photography over four decades. This new volume is destined to further inspire and guide new generations of hillwalkers about the Scottish hills in this new era.