blog of hillwalking in the Scottish hills and mountains from a Munro bagger.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

4 days hillwalking and munro bagging in Torridon this weekend. Travelling up Thursday, coming home Monday. Fantastic scenery and hills up there, Mumros and Corbetts. Staying at Mol Mor base camp with the group, so lots of chat, food and drink too with good friends.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Munro bagging total now 216.

Walking in Glenshee yesterday (Wednesday 15th September), weather has definitely turned autumnal. We headed of from the Dulmunzie hotel, you have to pay to park here, but they are very welcoming.

We followed the dimantled railway to the bridge half way to Glenlochsie Lodge in Glenlochsie. I headed up the burn to Creag Bhreac and followed the ridge round and Ralph continued up the track. we met up again at the summit of Glas Tulaichean.

Going around the corrie we descended towards Man nan Carn picking up the path on its lower slopes going up to the bealoch between it and Carn an Righ. We ascended Carn an Righ - my only new Munro of the day. We retraced our steps to the bealoch and climbed the shoulder of Man nan Carn skirting sround to the bealoch between it and Beinn Iutharn Mhor our third Munro of the day. Retracing our steps again we descended to the bealoch and skirted around Mam nan Carn to the bealoch between it and Beinn Iutharn Bheag, then descending to Loch nan Eun, a lovely spot.

We followed the path down the Allt Easgaidh to the track in Glean Taitneach, crossing the bridge below Ben Gulabin and back to the hotel for a bite to eat and some hot drinks.

16 miles and eight hours. The weather was variable with some showers.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

A great days hillwalking in the Cairngorms on Friday - Braeriach from Whitewell. No addition to my munro bagging total as I have done this hill before. On leaving the car a peacock butterfly appeared, I didn't realise they were found this far north. (There are stacks of these beautiful butterflies in Edinburgh's Queen's Park).

We set off from Whitewell joining and following the track to Loch Einich. On reacing the Beanaidh Bheag (river) we began the ascent of Braeriach. The walking was tough over heather until we reached the ridge.

The weather was glorious so we stopped at the Loch Coire an Lochain for quite a while dangling our feet in its icy cold waters. What a great place below the cliffs of Coire an Lochain with Sgor Gaoith as a backdrop. A large green lochan, surrounded by boulders.

We then ascended the final part of the ridge, crossing the plateau to near the summit and then across to Cairn Einich, exploring the Wells of Dee, and then back along the rim of the eastern cliffs past the Falls of Dee to the summit.

We descended via Sron na Larige and followed the Lairig Ghru to the Cairngorm Club footbridge, and should have easily found our way to the car. Ralph new a short cut and no we didn't need to look at the map.

After a long while on a track through now dark woods and we knew we were not in the right place, a few tracks later and we were back on the right track via our not so short cut. We had ascertained by the light of my mobile phone that this track although going the wrong way would meet up with the track we needed and we just needed to back track about 1.5 KM.

All we had to do now was to find the short track from this track to the Whitewell parking area. My daughter rang on the mobile wanting something at this moment and this set some dogs off barking. We were at a junction of another track that I thought would lead to the Whitewell road and back to the car. Ralph insisted he recognised the dogs bark and we should go the other way. We set off with a time limit of how far we should go. Either way would have taken us back to the car, which is were we arrived a short while later. Mountain navigation by dog bark! Mountain mad indeed.

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