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Mount Keen

Mount Keen

Postby Scotshiker » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:08 am

Munros included on this walk: Mount Keen

Date walked: 11/06/2011

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Decided to go do this one and get it out of the way ASAP since missing the opportunity last weekend when we were in the area but that was for the best and could not be helped. We headed off Sunday morning and drove down and set off from the car park.
IMG_0032 On Our way.jpg
IMG_0020 Male Chaffinch 2.jpg
The weather this time was some what better than the last outing, a good bit warmer and hardly any wind in the valley. The walk is pretty straight forward with a longish ascend up a track to Mount Keen's Summit.
IMG_0157 Cac Carn Beag2.jpg
There were clouds in the sky and a lot of haze which at times was bad for photos but still a cracking day for being out walking and for getting to Mount Keen's summit. It was my Girlfriend's 3rd time out with us and was an easier walk for her than the last 2 we took her on (1st was LoD to Hutchesons Bothy up to Beinn Mheadhoin then over Derry Cairngorm & Down Carn Crom with full rucksacks(a bit tough LOL) & the 2nd was upto Corrour Bothy and Devils Point from LoD in rather poor weather conditions rain,Hail-stones and snow with strong winds). Theres not that much to see really walking along the track as there is on some other walks/hikes but got some nice photos all the same. You could see much farther if it were not for the clouds and the haze but we got good views of the Lochnagar area including Cac Carn Beag
IMG_0171 Cac Carn Beag1.jpg
and the ridge line of Bennachie
IMG_0208 Bennachie.jpg
in the far distance. We took a break when we reached the summit
IMG_0221 Anne Marie at Mount Keen Summit.jpg
IMG_0203 Derek at Mount Keen Summit.jpg
DSCF5401 Me at Mount Keen Summit.jpg
IMG_0225 Anne Marie & Me at Mount Keen Summit.jpg
and had hot drinks and snacks.
We hung around for a while hoping for a break in the clouds for better photos at the top but it was not to be
IMG_0118 Holiday home.jpg
The desend is as straight forward as the ascend and we took a break at the Queens Well
Queens Well.jpg
as the sun was coming through a patch in the clouds now and was fantastic. I find it amazing seeing all these parts of our Scottish history, our Heritage and Lands.
IMG_0369 Swallows.jpg
May we always be free to travel in them and see it's beauty, it's rawness, its uniqueness and it's gentle side. My Girlfriend enjoyed the walk more than the previous 2 as it was some what easier on the day overall. All in all a wonderfull day out.
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Re: Mount Keen

Postby craighall » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:53 am

Thanks very much for this interesting & instructive report and pictures.

Sometimes you feel like doing a walk where there's limited navigational skills, as it just takes the stress away; and this certainly seems a case in point !


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Re: Mount Keen

Postby PeteR » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:55 pm

Interesting report. I was liking the panoramic shots 8)
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