Report on Meall nan Tarmachan
Saturday 14th January
During the club night on Thursday night
I decided to organise a walk for Saturday as the forecast looked promising
and I hadnt been out this year yet. It was a late decision
but I put it on the website to see if anyone wanted to join us. Carol-Ann,
Alison and myself were collected by Alan at 7am.
When we reached Killin we had to stop for a photo opportunity at the falls
as the water was a raging torrent. No it wasnt just me with my camera,
Alan had his new video camera with him and warned us that we would be
fed up with his camera by the end of the day, and how right he was!! (only
kidding, Alan), the film of our day was very professionally done.
We set off to start our walk at 9.35am, weather glorious and views good.
We all set off huffing and puffing trying to work off those over
endulged Christmas and New Year festive pounds. First walk of the
year for us, and oh how it showed! although Allan was semi fit with his
new fitness regime - running after his baby daughter and her mother, at
least Ii'm sure thats what he said his new year resolution was.
I am sure Allan got some good video footage of us struggling up the hill,
first of many this year. Nearing the ridge we found a small bank
of snow - so Ithought Ii would test out the new avalanche prediction techniques
for a laugh just in case Allan had forgotten all about them being shown
at the club night.
I think his words were I'm losing the will
to live put that dvd off, he has a very short attention span, but thats
not all thats short! (apparently his daughter has more hair than him).
We summited the munro Meall nan Tarmachan
and met Ben and Kirsty from Edinburugh (see left hand photo on fourth
row below) who duly took our photos and for once one of us had our craggy
web site cards to give them. From there it was on to the ridge only
to be closed in by rising mist and some cloud but this did not dampen
Allan's filming opportunities. The best of this was a chance to
get some photos and film of a broken specter although he missed the best
bit - me falling on my ass as it was quite icy on some slope's . We
all carefully crossed the ridge Meal Garbh onto Beinn nan Eachan before
decending off the ridge.
Now as we all know Craggy members always like shortcuts on the way back
to the pub, but as usual it turned out to be a long slog over rough ground
and probably not that much of a short cut, Carol-ann and Alison will testify
to that. Got the slight impression they thought Allan and I were
lost, not at all just taking them on another character building excercise.
We did eventually get back to the track and headed for the obligatory
pint in the pub next to a nice roaring fire.
Off course this is the second time I have done this hill (see report from
February 2005) and yet to
get a view so will have to go back again another day to see the fine views
from the ridge.