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Deep snow on Carn na h-Easgainn

Deep snow on Carn na h-Easgainn


Postby Jaxter » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:44 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Càrn na h-Easgainn

Date walked: 03/01/2021

Time taken: 2.35 hours

Distance: 7.27 km

Ascent: 302m

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It had been a fairly disappointing holiday due to a combination of lockdown but more my complete exhaustion and inability to get off the sofa. But there had been a big dump of snow and we really needed to get out of the house....it was a short and easy drive along the A9 but as soon as we turned off we were into deep snow!
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Fortunately Malky's winter tyres were up to it, and we were on our way, crunching through the snow. It looked beautiful on all the trees
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We followed the road towards the houses at Lynebeg
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As we climbed up towards the farm at Lynemore, we passed some tightrope walking chickens :lol:
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The mist was lying in the glen, but we could see the mountain ahead appearing out of the cloud
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The snow was starting to sparkle as sun broke through the clouds in places.
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There were other people ahead of us as we plodded through the snow – despite being relatively well-trodden it was hard work!
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We crossed the burn easily
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The first section from the burn crossing is the steepest and it felt like it was going on forever. My breathing was all over the place and I was exhausted.
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Looking back we could see things coming in and out of the cloud
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The track was easy enough to walk on, but now we had gained a bit of height we could see deep snow everywhere else
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Now we were a little higher the track had filled in and we were very glad of the people who had been up over the few days before for creating a path through!
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We could see the sun starting to come through as we made our way across the flat section before the final climb
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Ahead
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We could see the blue sky ahead
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We were passed by a big group with lots of kids and sledges coming down, and just before the summit we could see where they’d been spending the day :lol:
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Summit ahoy 8)
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The snow looked amazing – it felt awesome to be out in it 8)
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We were finally at the summit 8)
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The peat hags at the summit were completely filled in with snow
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The cloud was hadn’t quite cleared but the wind was virtually nothing and it was nice to stand around and enjoy being outside. Malky had carried up a flask of tea which we were able to enjoy. As the sky got a bit brighter, we could see a fog bow (which wouldn’t fit into one photo :lol: )
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And a faint brocken spectre 8)
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Another person arrived so we decided we should head back down – I was going pretty slowly so it would take me a while to get back :roll:
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We had a wee look at the igloos and snow holes that the kids had made – a little small for an adult, but I just managed to squeeze through :lol:
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The cloud did clear as we came down and we could see across to Carn nan Tri-tighearnan (which would have been even more of a nightmare in the snow than when we were there :lol: )
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Looking back
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The paper mill out past the airport
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Beinn Dearg peeking through the cloud
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As we dropped back down we were heading back into the cloud
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By the time we were back into the trees the evening was getting on
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The sky was pretty as the sun set behind us. I was dragging my feet by the time we reached the road and fortunately I didn’t have to drive :lol:
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It was a lot of fun to get out but definitely paid for it later :roll: :lol:
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Jaxter
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Re: Deep snow on Carn na h-Easgainn

Postby Alteknacker » Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:59 pm

Looks wonderful. Am really jealous :sick:

But on the positive side, I get my first jab next Friday!!!
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Re: Deep snow on Carn na h-Easgainn

Postby Jaxter » Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:57 pm

Alteknacker wrote:Looks wonderful. Am really jealous :sick:

But on the positive side, I get my first jab next Friday!!!

It felt so good to be out in the snow, even if I was practically dying :lol: Good luck with the jab - that's great news :clap:
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Re: Deep snow on Carn na h-Easgainn

Postby hjbworton » Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:55 pm

Terrific report as usual - I love to read em, instructive and inspirational.

Just read your article about Long COVID - Think it’s important folk understand that it’s a real thing and pretty darn scary in its own right. Considering everything it’s positive that you can get out at all..and I’m sure science will find a treatment for it soon.

Anyway, just wanted to post a message of support - and I’m thinking that folk who are frustrated at not being able to get into the hills due to the current restrictions will maybe take it as a warning to be even more careful to not catch COVID ? If you can be struck down with it then anyone can.

All the best
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