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Newtonmore Epic!!

Newtonmore Epic!!


Postby dooterbang » Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:10 pm

Route description: Carn Dearg, Carn Sgulain and A'Chailleach

Munros included on this walk: A' Chailleach (Monadhliath), Carn Dearg (Monadhliath), Carn Sgulain

Date walked: 19/02/2011

Time taken: 12 hours

Distance: 24.8 km

Ascent: 1248m

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Another outing with the Scottish Hillwalkers this weekend - Newtonmore our destination.
The plan was to take in 6 or more tops in a circular route, 3 would be Munros :D


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Many people pulled out of this walk 48hrs before the start. Another outing with the group was cancelled so 2 members down for that walk hotfooted it to Newtonmore - 7 of us would take on this challenge.

We all woke at 6am in Craigower Lodge - we would start the walk at 7.30am.

MWIS had predicted low cloud (10% cloud free munros), snow, rain, high winds...and for once it was spot on :shock:


We headed North....
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1.5k later we headed West to our 1st top of Creag nan Abhag - this would be the last views for some time!!
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Snow underfoot was varying in depth from 1ft to 4ft - conditions not ideal for a winter stroll.
The ascent NW to our next top Creag na h-lolare was pysically the most demanding of the day. It was steep, the snow soft and deep. It was easier for the rest of the group as i was leading the way :? :) 8)
We didn't hang around as the wind was strong and the snow blizzard like.

Heads down we continued to NNW to Gael Charn and the NE to our 1st Munro of A Challeach
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Ascent was never an issue once above 800m but the deep soft snow made for hard work at times, however the group dynamics provided plenty of banter and hilarity :)
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Heading North and we had quickly taken in our 2nd Munro of Carn Sgulain.
Now on the plateau we had 7k in front of us - we kept on the move.
Soon we stopped and Stuart whipped out his big bothy bag :D
We all got inside and had a rest for 15mins - it was a strange/weird feeling all sitting inside the bag, but good fun.
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After our short break things got monotonous - it all looked the same!!.
We distracted ourselves with some playground antics in the deep thick snow :D
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Hours later we reached our 3rd Munro of Carn Dearg.
Due to GPS issues,time, and poor visibility we altered our route and headed south down steep slopes to Loch Dubh - we would miss 2 intended tops, no big deal....thank goodness it wasn't Munros :lol:
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I was first across the Loch, not realizing it was a Loch and frozen :shock:
Thankfully no harm done.

We came across a small hut
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Now below cloud level, an utter relief, we had 7k to reach the finish.
This would be across boggy moorland before picking up a landrover track.
We required the use of headtorches for the last hour or so.
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We completed at 7.30pm - a tough but hugely enjoyable day. A different experience on the hills.
Stuart navigated the whole day with assistance from Derek - thank f@@k :) I wouldn't like to be alone on an expansive plateau in them conditions.

We all headed back to Craigower for food and drink. Some stayed afterwards but i hitched a ride back to Glasgow with Leonide - i required my own bed as not much sleep in 3 days due to toothache, ouch!!

Here are 4 vids of our day.....
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P307Aobqjg&hd=1[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icquIVgT9Dg&hd=1[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfvXBurKaPU&hd=1[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpTS_WYwbIk&hd=1[/youtube]
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Re: Newtonmore Epic!!

Postby ChrisW » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:39 pm

Great report and pics, love the 'palyground antics' shots and the short vids really bring it to life - too much snow for my liking though, don't think I could walk more than a couple of miles in that depth ..... I'd be dead on my legs :(
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Re: Newtonmore Epic!!

Postby dooterbang » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:44 pm

ChrisW wrote:too much snow for my liking though, don't think I could walk more than a couple of miles in that depth ..... I'd be dead on my legs :(


Its tough going but the more you get out walking the greater the walking fitness is. Nae bother Chris :D
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Re: Newtonmore Epic!!

Postby walk aboot » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:39 pm

Title says it all...EPIC!!!

Love the snow-playing photos, dooterbang 8) .
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Re: Newtonmore Epic!!

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:54 pm

Superb Dooterbang, one of the best reports yet and great photos, had a good laugh at them, looks like you all had good fun.
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Re: Newtonmore Epic!!

Postby dooterbang » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:22 pm

walk aboot wrote:Title says it all...EPIC!!!

Love the snow-playing photos, dooterbang 8) .


Thanks walkaboot - was a very very long day :shock: :) 8)
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Re: Newtonmore Epic!!

Postby malky_c » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:23 pm

Was wondering why you took in that early top - seems like it provided the only views of the day! Looks hard going being in white-out conditions for so long. At least you had some colour for the photos :D

I've never really concerned myself with a bothy bag before, but it would have provided some stopping opportunities for me on my friday walk - as it was I barely stopped at all.
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Re: Newtonmore Epic!!

Postby dooterbang » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:27 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:Superb Dooterbang, one of the best reports yet and great photos, had a good laugh at them, looks like you all had good fun.

Cheers Johnny. Was a good group out yesterday who made a long hard walk good fun. Can't imagine doing this with stony faced walkers, eeeek!!
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Re: Newtonmore Epic!!

Postby dooterbang » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:31 pm

malky_c wrote:Was wondering why you took in that early top - seems like it provided the only views of the day! Looks hard going being in white-out conditions for so long. At least you had some colour for the photos :D

I've never really concerned myself with a bothy bag before, but it would have provided some stopping opportunities for me on my friday walk - as it was I barely stopped at all.


Stuart was the organizer/leader of this outing and just likes walking rather than bagging Munros, hence the route.
I used to carry a bothy bag but ditched it as never used it. In the group setting it did come in handy as folk wanted a rest and it was uber cold up on the plateau. I probably wouldn't have stopped and prefer to keep moving. It was a novelty though and good fun.

You should get leg warmers to match your shorts :D :lol:
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Re: Newtonmore Epic!!

Postby lomondwalkers » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:40 pm

Your reports just get better and better :thumbup: That whiteout looks horrendous tho!! Looked like fun in that bothy bag :L
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Re: Newtonmore Epic!!

Postby dooterbang » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:47 pm

lomondwalkers wrote:Your reports just get better and better :thumbup: That whiteout looks horrendous tho!! Looked like fun in that bothy bag :L


It was fun but still a tad cold :?

Got used to the whiteout as walked in it for about 9hrs.

Wouldn't want to be in a whiteout without a map, especially near Ime :wink:
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Re: Newtonmore Epic!!

Postby lomondwalkers » Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:01 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :oops:
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Re: Newtonmore Epic!!

Postby Bruadair » Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:13 am

Hi DB,

What a day you must have had.....superb report, stunning and fun photo's...........Excellant!! excellant.....absolutely top notch stuff. I don't know about ChrisW only being able to walk a couple of miles in those conditions.....I don't think I could walk that distance on the flat.....sadly for me I didn't manage out this weekend.

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Re: Newtonmore Epic!!

Postby dooterbang » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:37 pm

Bruadair wrote:Hi DB,

What a day you must have had.....


Yeah it certainly was - blinded by whiteness for most of it :shock:

Enjoyed the challenge though :D
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Re: Newtonmore Epic!!

Postby Woodsy Boy » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:35 am

Wel done Dooters
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