Date: Sat 8th January 2011
Chasing the forecasts as usual. Based in Highland Perthshire we were looking to make the most of a window of weather crossing on Saturday. We had thought about taking the track from Bridge of Ericht up to Stob an Aonaich Mhoir but the distances looked ambitious on snow-covered tracks.
Decided instead on the Graham Stob na Cruaiche. This lead to a minor logistical issue – I’d left the Fort William/Ben Nevis OS map at home – the Rannoch Station road penetrates west to just over 10 miles from the Big Bookil! Managed to buy a new map – not a chore as our old one is nearly falling to bits.
There was an overnight snowfall so it was a careful crawl out to Rannoch Station on white roads – arrived at 0830. Our first visit here was just 8 weeks ago – must admit I really like the area.
The forest track gate at NN 418 579 is locked – but the fence wire has been cut to make a gap on the left that can be squeezed through. The track runs straight up through the woods. It then breaks out into open ground. Meall na Meoig alpenglow:
A bit of a plowter over unconsolidated snow. On the plus side the peat bogs were frozen so the normally boggy bases made a nice road network.
Unfortunately the cloud was moving in from the west (the forecast had suggested this might happen – but later).
All in all a great walk although the absence of views from the summit was a scunner. We will be back for this one, in fact there may be a summit camp coming this way.