Sunday, 21 March 2010

Glas Maol & Creag Leacach 21 March 2010

The Cairnwell (on right) from Leacann Ridge
As forecast today was best for the east decided to keep fairly local and do these two munros in Glenshee,done them many times before but it's a day on the hills. Left car at the car park at bottom of Devil's Elbow and headed for the Leacann Dubh ridge, as having decided to go to Glas Maol first. Have often descended this ridge but never ascended before. Path was snow free until it joined with the path leading to the Meall Odhar. It was then easy walking to the last climb up to Glas Maol where it was quite steep and completely covered with snow therefore it was a case of crampons or no.  Husband started with a few steps and to quote said "naw it's alrite". Halfways up the climb and comitted was not so sure but  good  footsteps were cut out of the snow so did make it no bother.Then an easy walk to the trig on Glas Maol.

Cairngorms in distance from Glas Maol

Descending from Glas Maol looking towards Creag Leacach
At the summit of Creag Leacach
From the summit it was onto the south top from were had great fun glasading down the snow patches leading to the Allt a Ghlinne Bhig then back to the car.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Meall Greigh Sun 7 March 2010

Done this hill 20 years ago and never been back to the Ben Lawers group from the Lawers village approach because of  the farmer at Machuim Farm who came upon us going round the wrong side of his shed because the arrow sign to the hill was hidden by fertilizer bags shouted and swore and I mean really cursed at us that I have never ever forgot the viciousness of it thus ruined the memory of these hills for me but today we decided it was a pretty safe choice given the avalanche risk etc...Having left the car at the Ben Lawers hotel we walked up past the farm shed (on the correct side) up through the sparse trees and continued to follow a  path in snow to strike off up the hill at around the first burn coming down from hill.When we left the car there was a lot of fog and cloud hanging around the hills although the Meall Greigh was just clear but as we were climbing  it totally closed in at about 500m and it was like looking at a pure white wall which felt like you were about to walk in to the abyss.

The view I had of Paul on part of the ascent

Nearing the Summit (spot new Haglofs rucksack)
Just as we were about 850m the cloud and fog lifted although still patchy was good enough to see all other surrounding hills.We had planned to do Meall Garbh also but given the walking through the snow was really hard going decided not to. Pushed for time I think.

An Stuc from the descend from Meall Greigh
The descent was about as hard going as ascent as snow even softer and falling though quite a lot.When we were about back at the trees typically the cloud completely cleared and the sun came out. At the car we nicked into the Ben Lawers Hotel for a drink as they like you to do this if using their carpark, only fair. Good to be out on the hill again but the snow conditions made a normally straightforward day pretty tough!