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Creag Meagaidh & neighbours

10-11 September 2016
A weekend of hiking up Creag Meagaidh and the neighbouring Munros. Richard was leading the first day, Manny the second. Here's Richard's tale of the day...

photo 2 We met up at the Creag Meagaidh nature reserve carpark with a small group of Marion and Steve, but the weather was looking promising with glorious early morning sunshine and the tops appeared to be cloud free! It didn't take us long to walk up into the impressive Coire Ardair in the sunshine with a cool breeze chatting away all the way up to the lochan. It was fairly windy and we took advantage of some shelter half way up to the winds for some food and drink as the pace slowed to negotiate the boulders in the beautiful window which is really worth a visit in its own right. As we reached the top of the pass the wind was at its strongest though once we began climbing up towards the Meagaidh plateau it dropped quickly and we were so absorbed in conversation that we were standing at mad megs cairn in the sun enjoying the views and the gentle stroll to the true summit beyond. The mist tried to descend on us for absorb while but didn't last and we soon walked back to the window and up onto Stob Poite Coire Ardair to enjoy a well earned lunch in light but cold winds.

photo 2 The mountain was getting a wee bit busier and we met a few groups as well as solo walkers though we spotted someone with a bike cycling along the ridge ahead of us which was dedicated though we never caught up with them. After lunch it's a lovely gentle walk along a fascinating ridge to reach Carn Liath our final hill of the day where we sat in the sunshine looking along Coire Ardair to the dramatic cliffs of Creag Meagaidh. On the descent we spotted some mountain hares speeding away from us and we were soon back in the woods strolling back to the cars. A great day on some classic hills with good company... Brilliant!

More photos by Richard are here on Flickr.

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