Sunday, September 16, 2012

Loch Lochy, Loch Arkaig and Loch Eil: Sron a' Choire Ghairbh (239) and Meall na Teanga (275)

Walk date: 02/05/12
My Munro #'s: 226 and 227

Pronunciations - translations - heights:
Sron a Choire Ghairbh - srawn a corrie ghirav - 937m
Myowl na tyenga - hill of the tongue - 918m

Duration - 12:20 - 19:00
Distance - 21.2 km (inc 6 km by bike)
Total ascent - 1300m
Weather - Beautiful.  Hot with a nice breeze at height.
Team - with Paul P
Other hikers: a few

Paul P and George 'Daddy Team' Hiking Trip 2012
Day 4 - Wednesday

After some big days, we decided to switch the plan around a bit and do a lighter day today; instead of our plan of two consecutive Alder group days, we reduced our Alder aims to just one day, and put in this pleasant little hike instead.  The only problem was that just getting to this hike proved to be an epic; after a lie-in and a relaxed drive down the A86, we found the road blocked almost at its end.  As a result, we had to drive all the way back to our new base at Newtonmore, and then drive to Loch Lochy via Inverness!  We don't normally start hikes after noon!

Anyway, this hike saw our first use of the bikes, and made the first (and last) 3km fly by.  After that, the path didn't hang about and pretty much made a constant sharp incline up to the bealach between these two beauties.  In the mid-afternoon heat, we made the wise decision to keep the bags between the hills and pace up each one in T-shirts.  We felt like kings strolling about on the tops with the light breeze cooling us down as we gazed over to the Nevis range and beyond still crusted in snow.

This is a highly recommended shorter hike.  It's by no means effort-free, but the rewards are great for what you have to put in!  It unfortunately still turned out to be a big day for us, as even on the way back, another accident meant that we had to repeat the whole trip via Inverness route.  Boo hiss, but a fantastic meal in The Glen Hotel, 'Newtonmore made up for it!

Meall na Teanga

Great views!

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