Monday, 26 November 2012

Meall Ghaordaidh, last Munro Nov'12

The time had come to finish yet another round of Munros ! The fifteenth round this time. Meall Ghaordaidh had been left for the last peak, since it is fairly accessible, easy and short to ascend and not navigationally challenging. It had been pencilled in for Tuesday, 13th November, the date of my 50th birthday (gulp) and weather proved to be typical of that time of the year - the forecast was for a wet day and fairly gusty too !

A group of us all met at the layby at the foot of the hill, Chris, Isobel, Valerie, John, Keith, my sister, mum and myself. Although we set off slightly late, we were still hoping to meet Kate and Trevor from the Killin Outdoor Centre on the summit. In good banter, we walked up the track, then grassy slopes up the hillside. Into the mist at a fairly low level, we followed the path, then seemed to lose it, coming up the hill slightly east of where the path actually was. On the summit fortunately there's a dyke surrounding the trig point and behind this we sheltered, which sipping some of John's whiskey liquor that he'd brought all the way from Thurso.

The wind and rain on the summit ensured we didn't stay long and about turned ending up in the Bridge of Lochay Hotel warming ourselves by their log fire. We missed Kate and Trevor on the hill, somehow we couldn't see or hear each other because of the mist and wind.

No photos, but we took a few minutes of video, here it's on YouTube !