Saturday, October 31, 2015

Glen Etive: Meall a' Bhuiridh (45) and Creise (50)

Walk date: 09/07/15
My Munro #'s: 270 and 271

Pronunciations - translations - heights:

Mowl a vooree - hill of the rutting stags - 1108m
Kraysh - unknown - 1100m

Duration - 09:35 - 14:30
Distance -  unknown km (GPS problem!)
Total ascent -  1104m
Weather - dry all day.  A bit of cold wind on high tops for a while.
Team - Paul P
Other hikers: one other hiker

Hike week 2015 - Day 6 - Thursday

With the shortest drive of the whole week and the biggest car park, we were not exactly going for the wilderness when we turned up at the Glencoe ski centre.  Things stayed in this vein as, despite reading about a superior route which would take in Creise from the north, we opted for the far simpler good-path-straight-up approach, but unfortunately this was right under the ski lifts!!

After the initial slog, Meall a' Bhuiridh flattens out for a spell before the second and rather random push up to the almost pathless rocky top.  The remoteness still still didn't come as we witnessed the centre's helicopter make a dozen drops to workers on the ski lifts below.  However, it did finally come once we reached the summit and saw the superior Creise for the first time.

The route to Creise is via a glorious high level rocky ridge which provides good pace and tremendous views all around. A little bit of a scramble at the end and the plateau of Creise was soon providing a pleasant stroll.  I can easily imagine this being a horrible location with the weather against you, but today it was simply an amazing spot for lunch!!

A high hill, but Meall a' Bhuiridh doesn't exactly start 'remote':

Good views across to Buachaille Etive Mor:

Creise makes a show:

After the so-so approach and top of Meall a' Bhuiridh, Creise was refreshingly interesting:

Here we go!

Beautiful high rocky ridge walking:

With impressive drops either side:

Massive deep gully for the river to the north:

Looking back:

Finally making it to the Creise plateau:

The summit!

A jump at the bottom of the bike track that goes under the ski/bike lift:

Tubic accommodation at the bottom for the West Highland Way:

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