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Being Back from India and Creag Mhor
by andrewdoggett » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:43 pm
Route description: Creag Mhor and Beinn Heasgarnich
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Heasgarnich, Creag Mhor (Glen Lochay)
Date walked: 28/06/2011
Time taken: 6.4 hours
Distance: 22.6 km
Ascent: 1410mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
On Landing at Heathrow my good lady was all armed (after a kiss or two) with the July issue of Trail for me to see the report on Liathach; all good...
And after a weekend in the south my reward for my two months away is a week off; so time to get reacquainted with those things called munros...
I'd decided to take on Ben Vane and Ben Vorlich; as they are unsightly red spots on my little munro map; but I didn't get that far; the weather was gorgeous so I turned right at the Killin turn and headed for Creag Mhor and Beinn Heasgarnich.
And what a tonic; sat by the river without a care in the world as sun streamed down the valley and flooded Ben Challum with a gorgeous morning light. The sound of the water was peaceful; and the landscape so green. I've missed the lush green of Scotland!!
A new camera found its way into my luggage courtesy of the duty free shop; a pleasant two fingers to the tax man... So for the bargain price of £80 I have a Nikon S3100 if that means anything to you... To me, it means I don't need to lug the Canon equipment around when I'm just off for a quiet walk in the hills... When I'm doing photography it means sunrise or sunset; I never shoot in the day; fires on Liathach aside; so a welcome addition to the family...
So to the first ascent; after the 5 km or so along the river, a fairly steep affair up to the ridge of Creag Mhor; hmmm feeling the excess weight from the curries I think... All in all it hurt a little; but not too much...
And soon I was atop munro number 105...
I also have another new piece of kit that needed testing; the North Face Elixir Jacket - from Webtogs, and Walk Highlands courtesy of being fortunate to win the walk report of the month for May with the Liathach report... I'll put in a plug for Webtogs; they were friendly; excited to talk about my report; and the service was second to none. I'm a fan; and I'll be using them again. And thanks to Walk Highlands also for an amazing piece of kit; the most breathable fabric they do I'm told; and I believe it; it was phenomenal. Love it
A fairly steep and horrible long descent follows before an almost equally steep ascent of Beinn Heasgarnich; but the pain never seems to last long; and the path made the ascent much easier than the long grass and craggy descent... Still; head down and get on with it; I will not stop till the top!! And after a very nice high level walk along the summit plateau for a kilometre or so number 106 was bagged
Another grassy descent takes you back to the track along the glen and you'll be back before you know it; a few deer disturbed on the way down; another gift I think; I love seeing deer in the wild; always have; always will...
And the Stats...
And to top the perfect return home; a pint of 'Waylade' at the Lade Inn...
How I love Scotland...
by ChrisW » Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:07 pm
by gammy leg walker » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:01 pm
by Rossco » Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:37 pm
by Graeme D » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:32 am
by andrewdoggett » Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:46 pm
Graeme Dewar wrote:My wife and I once spent 6 weeks travelling through India from Calcutta to Mumbai - you need serious therapy after that amount of time at the sharp end of the Indian transport system!
Let the therapy begin
I've had a crack at a small video which I've added to the report from the new camera; never before has sitting by a river seemed so peaceful and relaxing
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