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A great ridge with a beautiful shape and easily accessed from East or West.
Situated just North of Loch Tay, Tarmachan Ridge comprises four summits, one a Munro, with some interesting walking between.
Great viewing potential, South to Loch Tay with classically jaggy peaks all around, well worth a visit.
Meall nan Tarmachan (Hill of the Ptarmigans) 1,044m
Meall Garbh 1,026m
Beinn nan Eachan 950m
Creag na Caillich 916m
Total ascent 823m
I've graded this event as Difficult as the ridge has a short narrow section and some down scrambling off top no.2 but there is a bypass for the scramble and I'm confident that this event would suit those who have been out with us on Mountain Walks before.
What to bring
Please pack according to the weather. The route may be muddy in places, hiking boots, waterproofs, warm clothing, a small rucksack, food and drink are recommended.
I strongly recomend the wearing of a loud emergency whistle on an elastic cord around your neck on event. Far louder than the toys on rucksack harnesses, they will attract attention if you get lost in poor visibility, get injured or fall behind the group. Cheap orange plastic ones are fine, 3quid or so at Costswold or elsewhere.
Footwear: Hiking boots essential, waterproof and breathable recommended.
Socks: A good comfy pair of walking socks and a spare pair in case your feet get wet.
Gaiters: You'll welcome these in muddy or boggy ground which is mostly what you'll experience in Scotland.
Walking Trousers: Something that will shed a shower and not get heavy when wet, not jeans and not tracky bottoms. If wearing shorts in summer be aware that summits are 6-10degC colder than sea level and that's before factoring in wind-chill.
Waterproof Trousers: Essential in case of wet weather or as a windproof barrier, keeping your legs warm.
Base Layer: A breathable base layer to let sweat escape from the body. Avoid cotton as it will become damp, cold and uncomfortable.
Other Layers: Having one or two additional thin layers gives you flexibility when the weather is changeable. Synthetic, not cotton.
Waterproof Jacket: Look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable. Don’t forget your OutdoorLads discount for Full Members at Cotswold outlets.
Hat: One for warmth and one to keep the sun off in summer. Consider carrying a spare in case your first blows away (it happens).
Gloves: Windproof or better still waterproof, often used with a thin thermal liner for extra warmth. Consider carrying a second pair in case your first ones get wet or blow away.
Rucksack: A day sack of about 30 litres should do to hold both food and equipment.
Emergency Equipment: The leader of the group will normally carry some emergency items but you are welcome to bring your own such as spare energy food, survival bag, personal first aid kit, head torch and a whistle. It is not essential that you bring these items but it will do no harm if you do bring.
Map & Compass: If you want to learn to be a leader or you just like to know where you are, then you can bring a map that covers the area. If you are not sure which map to bring, just message the leader. It is best to bring your map either in a map case or purchase maps which are waterproof.
Mobile Phone: If you choose to bring your phone then you are well advised to buy a waterproof bag or food/freezer bag will do.
Food & drink
Bring a packed lunch and ensure you also have plenty of water and spare food in your rucksack.