Carn Cloich-Mhuillin

21 04 2016

Fri 25 March 2016
No other Munro Top is better known than Carn Cloich-Mhuilinn as it is ‘the one that got away’ as Sir Hugh Munro had been keeping it till last but died before he could do it. I felt like I was going to die on it!

Bealach a' Mhearleach lochan
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Carn Elrig with Imelda

29 02 2016

Feb 2016
I happened to be up at Aviemore for a weekend around the tail-end of Storm Imelda (yes, we’ve started naming them in the UK too for some reason)… As I had an idea it was going to be pretty windy, I ended up picking a lower hill than those originally planned on the high Cairngorm plateau. A further deciding factor was that there was little or no snow on the plateau! That’s pretty unheard of in February…

Cairn Elrig & L Morlich
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Days off Around Braemar – Linns o’ Dee & Quoich

28 11 2015

Wed 30 Sep 2015
After my long Four Tops walk up Glen Derry, I was far too exhausted the next day to do anything except gentle strolling. It was also a very hot day indeed – the hottest of the year so far – funny for the last day in September. Braemar was also the hottest place in Britain that week! Read the rest of this entry »

Lochnagar via The Royal Bothy

23 10 2015

Sun 27 Sep 2015
As Richard hadn’t done Lochnagar, and as it was on his list of desired Munros, he honoured me with his company for this one. Unfortunately for him, I wanted to do the longer route from the north this time – partly because I’ve already done the much shorter route from the south but mainly because I wanted to see the ‘Royal Bothy’ at Gelder Shiel.

Richard’s photo
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The Four Tops (Glen Derry)

18 10 2015

Tue 29 Sep 2015
Knowing I was in for a very long and hard day and that daylight hours are much reduced at this time of the year, I thought I’d best prise myself out of bed a bit earlier than normal. Ten past eight saw me setting off in the car for Linn O’ Dee…

Stacan Dubha to E Top (cropped)
Beinn Mheadhoin (click on photos for full size/resolution)
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Braeriach – Chalamain Gap or Coylumbridge?

15 06 2014

I’ve had to do the massive Cairngorm peak of Braeriach twice so far, the first time with Richard and the second time alone, this May, to bag the Munro top of Carn na Criche (4150 feet) which we couldn’t find in the mist on the first visit! I’d fully intended going back anyway as, despite a glorious start to our last visit to this fantastic peak, the weather clouded in by the start of the ascent and we saw nothing 😦

Unfortunately, I was also supposed to take Richard with me on my second attempt but I was in the Aviemore area and decided I wasn’t fit enough for my original objective of the Tomintoul approach to pick off the northern tops of Beinn a’ Bhuird and Ben Avon. I felt very guilty when I rang him that evening to give my status report of being okay and he asked what I’d been up! Sadly for him, I don’t feel I could manage a third attempt any time soon – it’s a tough day!

Anyway, as I’ve done two different approaches to the hill, I thought it might be nice to use this post to highlight the route differences…

Braeriach from near Chalamain Gap
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Descending to Tom Dubh

6 06 2014

Tue 13 May 2014

As I said in my last post, I’m now Munro Top-bagging – this is the only one you descend to!

After a truly awful night at Glenmore Youth Hostel, where there were at least two parties of schoolchildren staying, I got up in the morning totally exhausted – not a good start to the day. The kiddies had crashed around upstairs all evening, driving me and the other guy in the ‘Quiet Room’ mad – we were both trying to read peacefully. They continued to hare around until after midnight when they finally shut up. When they started again in the morning, I looked at my watch and was horrified to see it was 0615! 😦 Read the rest of this entry »

Winter Beinn MacDuibh (Ben MacDui)

6 03 2014

In Feb 08 I went with one of my walking groups (as in groups I walk with – not lead!) to the Glen More Youth Hostel near Aviemore. The day before the trip I’d just come out of hospital with an asthma attack but, being a Yorkshire person, I’d paid so I was going! 😉 Anyway I needed the practice at winter walking and the Cairngorms are my favourite place for that…

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