Report on Meall Corranaich
2 May 2009
Attendees, Michael, Phil, Irene, Robin, Dorothy and 3 prospective new members: Ailsa, Gillian and Ian.
We parked at a passing place close to the cairn on the side of the road just passed the Lochan na Lairighe. We walked across rough moorland and decided to avoid the peat hags and head for the border fence posts, and follow these to the top. We continued up the rough path alongside the posts enjoying the sunshine and clear views, although it was very windy. It was very steep in places, we got to this top, Coire Odhar, and then we continued on towards the top. Just after we left this top we spotted a ptarmigan which posed happily on the ground before spreading its wings, flying over the top of us then landing again. It still had white wings with just the tips showing signs of summer colour, its head and back was brown with some white spots. We continued on to the summit and after a wee rest here while we waited for everyone to catch up and take photos. We then continued along the wide ridge NNE to our next munro. We were extra careful not to take the path that would take us to the wrong side of Coire Gorm. The path then dropped to a col at about 780 m then up to the very flat summit of Meall a Choire Leith. Just before the top we stopped and had lunch in lovely sunshine with great views to Meall Ghlas, Ben Lawers and An Stuc. Those hills were very busy with lots of people heading in both directions. To descend we found the path which would take us SW down. It was very steep here and we got down to the stream very quickly. After a wee rest we made our way over a very soggy and muddy track before heading back up to a col at about 596419 to follow track back to road. The whole trip took only four and a half hours, it was a great day and perfect for the newbies as they got to capture two munros on their first trip