4th September, 2016
Set out to bag another two of the Munros in the ‘Lawers Range’, Meall Corranaich (1069m) and Meall a’Choire Leith (926m).
Weather was grey, but clear, relatively bright and dry. I had read all the reviews of the climb as usual and they all suggested the the lower parts of the climb were ‘boggy’. They did not mislead! The first third of the climb was extremely wet and consisted of a succession of peat bogs, however, once clear of these a path became clear and it became drier and much more pleasant. The climb was good and although not easy, was not the hardest either and I made good time on the ascent. Following on from my experience a couple of weeks ago in Glen Lyon, when I ran a little short on fuel, I had armed myself with plenty of Protein shakes and felt much improved in terms of energy. Summited Meal Corranaich, although the views were a little restricted by cloud, I was still able to see some lovely vistas.
Hard a short rest to charge the batteries and set of for number two. I was glad that I had done my homework and been warned about the correct route to take as the one that looked the right one, would have meant having to descend a steep slope and lose much more height than the recommended path, which was a lot easier. I was surprised to find that I was making good progress and still felt full of beans. The climb was moderate and I was soon on the summit of Meall a’Choire Leith, bagging my 23rd Munro.
I met a couple of chaps on the summit who had intended to climb all 7 in the ‘Lawers Range’ but after having dropped one car off at the Lawers Hotel, had proceeded to return to the Lawers car park and leave the keys for the return car in the car there… silly billies!
The descent was steep and long, but the skies had cleared a little and the views were nicer. The last third of the descent, in common with the ascent, was a bog fest and would certainly discourage me from return to climb these two again. However, a good days climbing and another two Munros added to the list!