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Bagpipes, Drums, Big Bands, Venison, and Carn Bhac

Bagpipes, Drums, Big Bands, Venison, and Carn Bhac


Postby andrewdoggett » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:18 pm

Munros included on this walk: Carn Bhac

Date walked: 03/09/2011

Time taken: 4.9 hours

Distance: 22.8 km

Ascent: 944m

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Thanks very much to the kind person that organised the big band for the off; don't you just love the sound of this in full flow; warms the bones!! Turn the sound up...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOxNcn1kjKI[/youtube]

Drizzle was the forecast, with low cloud and a 30% chance of cloud free munros so I thought I'd enjoy a nice leisurely walk up Glen Ey... The drizzle largely abated and it was a peaceful jaunt to the ruins at Altanour Lodge in a little over an hour and a half...

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Glen Ey - Section 1


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Glen Ey - Section 2


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Glen Ey - Section 3


As I crossed the second bridge a few hundred metres before the ruins of Altanour Lodge, as if by magic, the weather cleared up, and the views toward the summit of Beinn lutharn Mhor were stunning. Bonus I thought; I was expecting a good soaking today…

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Looking toward Altanour Ruins and Beinn lutharn Mhor


From the ruins it's a fairly short pull of a couple of km and 450 metres height gain over heather and gentle boggy slopes to the summit of Carn Bhac

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Carn Bhac - Number 135...


To mix it up a little bit I descended via a different route bagging the summit of Carn Creagach at 894 metres… The views were pretty good, and since the send off from the big band, I was still yet to see a soul… And that would continue all the way back...

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The summit of Carn Creagach with Carn Bhac behind...


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The summit of Carn Creagach with An Socach behind...


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View to the Cairngorms from Carn Creagach


On the descent one last look back at Carn Bhac; glad I didn't come up this way I was thinking...

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The view back to Carn Bhac...


And then all hell broke loose... I stumbled across a huge herd of 150 or so deer; of course they cleared out pretty sharpish... But what a sight; I love seeing things like this in the wild; it's one of the best things about Scotland; it's so undisturbed compared to the Lake District or other places... Enjoy; they just kept coming, even after the end of the video!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwpG3aOEItQ[/youtube]

And after that special sight all that remained was to drop back down into Glen Ey and return to the car...

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Homeward Bound - Glen Ey


The stats... A reasonable pace, but a lot of this walk is along tracks so you can move...

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The Stats...


And finally, the route...


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Re: Bagpipes, Drums, Big Bands, Venison, and Carn Bhac

Postby kw1980 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:28 pm

Excellent report, love the herd of deer, ive never seen so many together in the wild.
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Re: Bagpipes, Drums, Big Bands, Venison, and Carn Bhac

Postby morag1 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:24 am

That video of the deer is incredible, who would have believed there would have been so many running wild like that ?

Also enjoyed the pipe band, as you say it warms the heart :thumbup:
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