A weekend forecast suggesting blue skies above an inversion, a morning pass from the wife and the ever present urge to get high, meant one thing - headed for the mountains at a rediculously early time! Having to get back for the afternoon and also suffering from Man Flu, I decided on The Tarmachan Ridge. Starting ata grand height of over 450metees the ascent to Meall nan Tarmachan isnt too bad- well from what I could remember , bee up loads but for one reason or another havent been up in last 9 years!!!!
Being relatively close to home The Tarmachan Ridge is nice and easy to reach and the car park is at 450meters! . Hadn’t been up for a while, so when the forecast suggested blue skies and a chance of an inversion I decided to head for Tarmachan. The plan was to get near the summit for sunrise and in a perfect world I’d have enjoyed a summit sunrise over a sea of clouds – didn’t happen tho!! The clag was in from the start and I reached a cold, windy and claggy summit about 20minutes after sunrise – ho hum.
I decided to head along the ridge and drop off just beyond Meall Garbh, however just as I was approaching the “bad step” the weather cleared and I was standing above the clouds. I turned on my heels and returned to Meall Garbh, the extra height giving great views and a fantastic Brocken Spectre! With the weather clearing I found myself heading back to Meall nan Tarmachan to get some summit views! However it wasn’t to be as the clag returned and the views disappeared!
All in all though it was worth it for the 20minutes on Meall Garbh where the views were grand!
A great morning adventure and great to meet some familiar Walkhighland faces up there J
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