Meall Dearg from Loch Leven. 27th May 2007

Date: Sunday 27th May 2007
Distance: 9.4km
Ascent: 1050m

We decided to head up the Munro at the east end of the Aonach Eagach ridge. As H had no wish to do the ridge, and getting from Am Bodach to Meall Dearg needs a significant scramble, we decided to head in from Loch Leven.

Parked near Caolasnacon and headed up Glen a Chaolais, between the Corbett Garbh Bheinn and meal Garbh.

There’s a track running the first km or so into the glen.

A quiet glen, there’s a nice waterfall cascading down Meall Garbh.

Meall Garbh waterfall

A northern approach is a shaded approach early in the day – the sunlight was lighting up Mam na Gualainn across Loch Leven.

Early light across Loch Leven

The sun soon crested the hill – it rises fast in May. Ahead of us the Eagach ridge looks entertaining.

Eagach ridge and sky

We ascended out of Glen a Chaolais via its east flank to the bealach between Garbh Bheinn and Meall Dearg. From there the NE ridge of Meall Dearg is a simple enough ascent.

As you ascend the views to the NE open up to include Blackwater Reservoir and Loch Eilde Mor.

Blackwater and Eilde Mor

To the north the Mamores Stob Ban, Sgurr a Mhaim and Am Bodach provide the foreground for Ben Nevis (in cloud).

N to the Ben from nearr top

Approaching the munro summit the Eagach ridge to the west is seriously serrated.

Eagach ridge from near top

There were a few cloudy hills out past the eastern Mamores. This munro is quite a good viewpoint on a clear day.

Blackwater from near top

Once you’re on the munro you’re above Garbh Bheinn and the whole Mamores range is in view (cloud allowing).

Mamores and Nevis from Meall Dearg

….and approaching from the north the fabulous Bidean nam bian is a visual treat concealed from the approach.

Bidean from Meall Dearg

Panoramic views:

Bidean from Meall Dearg pano

Mamores and Nevis from Meall Dearg pano

We were irked by a persistent cloud between us and the sun – the ridge never did get properly sunlit while we were on the top. Quite good air clarity though – further out Ben More on Mull and Beinn Resipol in Sunart were easily identifiable.

Ridge and beyond from Meall Dearg

Stayed awhile on the top – the clouds were getting a little more confluent and the odd shower was pushing through. Returned to the car by the route of ascent.

Loch Eilde Mor from near top

H descending Meall Dearg

Occasional sunshine was still available – quite a pleasant day really.

Eagach ridge from descent

Not a walk for dedicated scramblers – they’d be doing the Aonach Eagach traverse. It is, however quite a decent walk and quite a quiet one too. Probably worth a repeat visit one of these days.

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