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Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:12 pm
by Johnny Corbett
Myself and her mum tried to get Claire to do this report as she had previously done one, but she wasn't having it so i'm afraid it's going to have to be my account of events. Maybe if she reads this she may do one, to give her version of events.
So it was a nice warm day and we decided to go for a walk, only thing was i was the only one that knew we would be going up a Munro and hopefully onto a Corbett, didn't want to tell Claire it was a Munro for fear she wouldn't do it and i also wanted to keep the suprise from her mum as well.
We set off from the layby in Loch Carron just past Loch Sgamhain, crossed the river via the bridge and followed the path which was quite boggy at times and faint. We left the path to climb the north west slopes off Moruisg which were steep, especially for a nine year old but Claire plodded on with a little bit of whinging in her mums ear and eventually made it up. She did ask on a few occasions if it was a Munro we were going up but i just said it was a Corbett :D .

Once up we firstly went to the large, where we saw another cairn further up that looked higher so we walked over to that and took Claires photo, thats when i congratulated her on her first Munro. The answer i got was " i knew this was a munro" but secretly i knew she was delighted as was her mum.

My next job was how i was going to get Claire to do the Corbett as well, so i said it was a bit steep to go back the way we came and pointed to the ridge leading to the Corbett, saying how level it was and wouldn't that be a better way to go, Kim agreed and so did Claire so off we went. After her exersions off climbing the steep slopes it was good to get on level ground and we reached the point where we would descend down Creag a' Chait in no time. It was here that i said a little half hour detour would take us to a Corbett as well, Claire agreed to go for it but it cost me a tenner :? Well it was the best tenner ive ever spent and soon we were sitting on the old Munro Sgurr nan Ceannaichean which is now a corbett. We took some photos then made our way back, taking the route down Creag a' Chait which was steep in parts and quite rocky and again the wee one did good. Once on the path that led us back to the car Claire was away like a shot, i'm thinking to myself " i thought she was knackered" as i tried to keep up. When we reached the river Claire wanted to try and cross it rather than walk the short distance to the bridge, so over we went over some stepping stones till the last bit where we had to leap over,with Claire getting a little wet which was the perfect end for her after her first Munro.
The bridge

The Munro & the Corbett

Kim & Claire at the bridge

Heading up the path

A little break

The steep section

Getting steeper

View north west

Claire at the top

The Corbett

Nearly at the Corbett

Soldiering on

Looking back at the Munro

View down the Glen

Almost there




At the top with her mum

The two bullies
A happy 9yr old

Claire leading the way

Alook back

Kim crossing the river

Re: Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:01 pm
by pollyh33
Great report JC. Well done getting Claire to do both these hills. Its amazing how her body language changes as she makes more and more progress. What a star!!!

Re: Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:17 pm
by Johnny Corbett
Thanks Polly, Claire was certainly the star performer of the day :D

Re: Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:32 pm
by rockhopper
That's an enjoyable read Johnny - you're certainly a hard task master 8) Well done Claire for managing both - maybe she should have given you a little nudge when going over the stepping stones at the end :lol:

Re: Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:51 am
by Stretch
Good stuff Johnny, always great to see young ones enjoying the outdoors. Hopefully she will be eager to join you again.

Re: Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:53 am
by ndhudson
Good job Claire!!! Quite the trooper! well spent, Johnny ;)

Re: Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:50 am
by morag1
Well done on your first Munro Claire :clap:

Well done to Johnny for persuading you to go up there, even if it cost him!!

Good luck for your next one :D

Re: Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 2:30 pm
by Johnny Corbett
Yip Rockhopper you've got to whip them into shape before they become teenagers, thats when they take charge :D
It's Inverness in a few weeks Stretch and Claires promised to do 2 days on the hills, though she hasn't told how much it's going to cost me yet :? It was money well spent ndhudson but a tenner for every walk, i could go into liquidation :(
Thanks Morag as i've said it's Inverness next and she likes the idea of Little Wyvis, must be coz it sounds small :)

Re: Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:56 pm
by soulminer
Great stuff !
A fine pair of hills with some awesome views in every direction.
It never fails to be a thorn in my side though, we had done both for the munro round and three weeks later SnC gets a demotion :twisted: still claim 284 :lol:

Re: Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:37 pm
by mountain thyme
greatstuff folks... love the pic 'knackered'

Re: Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:09 pm
by andrewdoggett
Woo hop - let's get all the kids out in the hills I say... Well done Claire...

JC - Did you notice the increase in pack weight carrying for the young lady :D :lol:

Re: Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:47 am
by craighall
Well done Claire ...... and parents.

Nice photos.



Re: Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:41 am
by monty
Well done Claire and Johnny and mum of course. Its always great to see the youngsters getting out and enjoying the countryside. It can be tough so very well done. Some great photos too. :D

Re: Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:49 am
by Johnny Corbett
Thanks for the all the nice replys folks. Andrew, i think Claire now deserves her own rucksack for the next walk :D
MT, it was how quickly she recovered from that photo to the "smiling" one that amazed me

Re: Claires 1st Munro

PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:44 am
by alfredo143
Well done Claire. :D Screw the old man for as much money as you can. :lol: