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Drumochter Munros

20 January 2012
A'Bhuidheaneach Bheag The two Munros east of Drumochter are quiet hills, set back from the A9. With preparation for the construction of the new pylon line now in place, I thought I'd check out the access to these hills. The main access is from a car-park just south of the junction for Dalwhinnie. On first inspection the signs and large gates are quite intimidating, however there is a smaller gate to the right of the large locked gate that is used by vehicles. This smaller gate is for the use of hillwalkers and is not locked. Up the track, into snow and onto the crest of the plateau, I passed a group of 4 guys that must have set out an hour or so before me. Near white-out conditions shortly thereafter came and went and the trig point on A'Bhuidheanach Beag was reached in clear weather.

Meall Chuaich About-turn and a jog back along the crest. I caught up with the group of guys again and had a blether with one of them as we reached Carn na Caim. They were down to 3 now, turns out they were part of the Polmont Hillwalking Group, and their missing companion had decided to descend after the first Munro. He was aged 83 ! I'm impressed. It was now just after 1pm, so plenty time to add in Meall Chuiach to the journey.

I hadn't reckoned on the deep snow on some parts, which slowed me down. Quite a few mountain hares in their winter coats darted about - Jake tried to give them chase, but without luck. The last haul up Meall Chuaich with its icy layer hiding deep snow took its toll. Down to the bothy and along the track toward the A9, I checked the map and changed the route for the return to the car - this time following the aquaduct to its end and then the cycle-way back - much more pleasant than cycling along the A9 !

Drumochter

If you fancy walking this route, details, including maps are on the Drumochter Munros page.

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