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Sunshine and Isolation on Mount Keen

Sunshine and Isolation on Mount Keen

Postby andrewdoggett » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:11 pm

Route description: Mount Keen from Glen Esk

Munros included on this walk: Mount Keen

Date walked: 24/03/2011

Time taken: 3.75 hours

Distance: 17.9 km

Ascent: 886m

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Every now and then a walk surprises you; one you're expecting to be awesome disappoints, or in this case one you haven't been overly excited about turns into a hidden delight, as was the case for me with Mount Keen...

This will be a brief report (sorry) - curry and beer beckons, and I'm hungry!! But I'm guessing most people like the pictures more than the words...

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Walking down Glen Esk by the River is truly beautiful; this place must look stunning in the summer when the heather is flowering. I fell in love with the place instantly...

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The Queens Well soon appears with a gorgeous backdrop

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Closeup of the Queens Well looking up the Glen

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This cottage is available for rent; if tranquility and peace and quiet is your thing then this could work...

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Another panoramic from near the cottage showing the path going to the right of the hill just right of centre

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The path steepens up the valley...

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...but before you know it the top is in sight

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The summit touching distance away now in just under two hours...

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I sat up here for around 15 minutes just absorbing the view; it truly was stunning, and I thought there can't be too many days when you'll not see a soul from start to finish on htis walk; especially with weather like this.

I loved it :)

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Even the military put on a dog fight just for me ;)

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View from the summit...

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And another...

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The stats a leisurely jaunt in under 4 hours

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And the route...

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Re: Sunshine and Isolation on Mount Keen

Postby gammy leg walker » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:27 pm

Yup this is a wee gem of a walk
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Re: Sunshine and Isolation on Mount Keen

Postby ChrisW » Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:52 pm

Great pics andrew, hard to believe you got the place to yourself on a day like that - ya spawny bugger :D

Saw some RAF boys tearing down loch muick last monday but I was too slow to get em, so good effort there :thumbup:

Average speed 4.8kmh....was someone chasing you :lol:
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Re: Sunshine and Isolation on Mount Keen

Postby monty » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:49 am

Nice report Andrew. Weather looks tremendous. My first walk report on WH was Mount keen. Unusual for there to be no walkers around on such a nice day. :D

Re: Sunshine and Isolation on Mount Keen

Postby rambler » Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:34 pm

Nice to see another TR on this one - you certainly picked a good day for it :D
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