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Out of Mom's Kitchen and into the Cairngorms

Out of Mom's Kitchen and into the Cairngorms


Postby Stretch » Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:20 am

Route description: Beinn Bhrotain and Monadh Mòr , from Glen Feshie

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Bhrotain, Monadh Mòr

Date walked: 13/08/2011

Time taken: 9.4 hours

Distance: 29 km

Ascent: 1505m

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After a two month absence from the hills I dusted off my boots Saturday in the Cairngorms, one of my favorite areas to explore. I had not done any walking since early June due to intense thesis writing which was followed by my yearly summer trip home to Tennessee. This was a much needed 5 week break as being away from home for nearly four years had really started to get to me before I left. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed eating some home cooking and spending some quality time with my family and girlfriend. The drawback to hanging out in mom's kitchen for over a month is the extra pounds you can pick up if you don't exercise. Seeing that it was in the 90s all July, walking in the nearby mountains was out of the question. So when it came to picking a route for my first walk since being back in St Andrews I looked for a long one. Gammy and I had made plans to go to Braemar and do the Carn Bhac route which is 20 miles, but with the improved forecast on Friday night I suggested heading into the proper Cairngorms to do Monadh Mor and Beinn Bhroatain. It was an 18 mile route, which if the weather cooperated, would offer better views.

We had been up part of this route before and that day produced a comical video http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=10863

On this occasion the weather looked promising from the start. However, I was walking with Gammy, and in true form, he brought the clag . . . loads of it. Despite the high winds, all was well until we reached the ridge of Monadh Mor. From the summit onwards we had to use the waterproofs. No summit views for Gammy, again. The walk to Beinn Bhrotain was not too difficult, unless you don't fancy walking on boulders like Gammy. We took 10 minutes at the top and then plodded back up to Monadh Mor where the rain finally stopped. This was only temporary as showers came and went until we were nearly back to Glen Feshie. Crossing the Allt Luinneag looked like it could be a challenge. On the way up we took off our boots and socks and waded across. On the return I just ran across and stayed dry, while the big man went swimming again. The return trip really started to zap our energy and we plodded along for most of it. But once Glen Feshie came into view it was all downhill from there and we made good progress despite the ridiculous wind that seemed to double in speed at that point.

All in all this was a good walk, tough, but enjoyable when there were views. I'm pretty sure that all the hard work helped shave off a few pounds of mom's good cooking and it was just good to be back out on the hills. As of today, I have 100 days left in Scotland before I move home. I'm hoping to finish the Cairngorms, just have five left, and tackle the South Glen Shiel ridge before then. I'll mostly be tackling the books and my thesis though. :(

A promising start.jpg


George Lucas inspired machinery.jpg


Jawa Sandcrawler.jpg


The path up to the plateau from Glen Feshie.jpg


The fine view back to Glen Feshie.jpg


The unfortunate view on the plateau.jpg


Across to Sgor Gaoith.jpg


Cloud hanging over Monadh Mor and the western Cairngorms.jpg


Across to the wide ridge of Monadh Mor.jpg


Crossing the Allt Luinneag.jpg


This man loves a good swim.jpg


Looking back across the plateau.jpg


Monadh Mor and the typical Gammy summit view.jpg


Dark figures approach.jpg


Stretch and Gammy enjoy the summit views.jpg
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Re: Out of Mom's Kitchen and into the Cairngorms

Postby retrogear » Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:56 pm

[quote="Stretch"] As of today, I have 100 days left in Scotland before I move home. I'm hoping to finish the Cairngorms, just have five left, and tackle the South Glen Shiel ridge before then. I'll mostly be tackling the books and my thesis though. :(

Stretch, just think what FDR managed to do in 100 days. I'm sure 5 Cairngorms will be possible.
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Re: Out of Mom's Kitchen and into the Cairngorms

Postby pigeon » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:17 pm

Good report stretch was just over the way from you and never seen much either!
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Re: Out of Mom's Kitchen and into the Cairngorms

Postby rockhopper » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:06 pm

Very nice stretch :D I remember seeing that digger on the walkout a couple of weeks back - also had a lot of clag (think I've been cursed since meeting glw :wink: ) Looks like the Allt Luinneag is up a bit - glw could do with a pair of flipflops to help cross 8)
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Re: Out of Mom's Kitchen and into the Cairngorms

Postby gammy leg walker » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:01 pm

After 5 weeks with weather in the 90s,it was good to get a wee touch of good old scottish summer Andy,great day out all the same no matter the weather
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Re: Out of Mom's Kitchen and into the Cairngorms

Postby Alastair S » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:08 am

Nice one Stretch, though a shame you didn't get the summit views, especially as you are not much longer for this world :wink:

By coincidence I was this was a few weeks earlier (but from the Linn of Dee side) and enjoyed fine vistas... report to follow shortly but in the mean time take yourself over here to see what you missed.
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Re: Out of Mom's Kitchen and into the Cairngorms

Postby Bod » Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:49 am

Enjoyed your report very much. Great to see you both enjoying the mountains so much..........we just keep on needing richer out there, yeha!
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Re: Out of Mom's Kitchen and into the Cairngorms

Postby monty » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:03 pm

Good report Stretch.
Thats a big walk for a fat man :lol: :lol: GLW looks like a pansy crossing that burn :lol: The weather looked ok for most of your walk with some sun rays showing through. Good effort to both you guys. :D
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Re: Out of Mom's Kitchen and into the Cairngorms

Postby kinley » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:07 pm

Hay - the clique is back.....and it's bigger than ever :lol:

Looks an enjoyable day - some real summery shots there :lol:
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Re: Out of Mom's Kitchen and into the Cairngorms

Postby Stretch » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:36 pm

kinley wrote:Hay - the clique is back.....and it's bigger than ever :lol:

Looks an enjoyable day - some real summery shots there :lol:


:lol: :lol:

Well, you're just jealous that only Hazel is in your clique. :wink:
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Re: Out of Mom's Kitchen and into the Cairngorms

Postby kinley » Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:00 pm

Stretch wrote:Well, you're just jealous that only Hazel is in your clique. :wink:


:shock: Who told you that - it's a members only clique - she's only allowed in with her husband. ;) ;)
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