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First Munro - Mount Keen

First Munro - Mount Keen


Postby AndyGerrard » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:25 am

Route description: Mount Keen from Glen Esk

Munros included on this walk: Mount Keen

Date walked: 30/09/2011

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 17.5 km

Ascent: 810m

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Newly joined this website and have just climbed my first Munro in preparation for Kilimanjaro in November! Decided to start with Mount Keen as it is closest to home and looked like an easy start for my Dad and I.

We left the car park in Invermark at 11.45am after a lazy morning and a long, windy drive down to the Glen. Aware of the lateness of our arrival and the 5-7 hour advised walk time, we set off at a fast pace up the Glen towards Queens Well.

Reaching Queens Well at 12.30 for a spot of lunch and the views!

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Queens Well


We rushed up past Invermark cottage and up the zig-zags, eventually slowing the pace realizing we were making great time and would be back long before dark.
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On the Ascent

On the Ascent
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Resting on the ascent


After nearly being blown off the top we reached the summit cairn at 2pm, enjoying the blustery views for half an hour before beginning our descent.
At the Summit:
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At the Summit

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At the Summit


The descent, apart from spotting an Adder on the way down, was pretty uneventful. The walk back from the cottage to the car felt like it would never end but we arrived at 20 past 4. Think we walked too quickly thinking we didn't have enough time, at least we know for next time!

All in all a great first day and Munro can't wait to get out to Dreish and Mayar on Monday!
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Re: First Munro - Mount Keen

Postby pollyh33 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:36 am

Andy,

A smashing report on your first munro. Hope you always get such fantastic weather 8)

Well done :D
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Re: First Munro - Mount Keen

Postby lomondwalkers » Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:33 pm

Great day for your first Munro Andy 8) Not looking so great for tomorrow though :(
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Re: First Munro - Mount Keen

Postby ChrisW » Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:21 pm

Good effort Andy - some nice pics there, I like this hill even though it is a bit of a walk in and out on that route, Kili in 2 months time......yikes. Have a look at This Diary of an Ascent of Kili :shock:
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Re: First Munro - Mount Keen

Postby AndyGerrard » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:10 pm

Thanks for your replies everyone! Fingers crossed for the weather and Kili! Will add the reports soon!
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Re: First Munro - Mount Keen

Postby AndyGerrard » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:31 pm

ChrisW wrote:Good effort Andy - some nice pics there, I like this hill even though it is a bit of a walk in and out on that route, Kili in 2 months time......yikes. Have a look at This Diary of an Ascent of Kili :shock:

Just had a read of the Walk report, thanks for the link! Sounds hilariously awful. Hopefully won't get AMS!
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Re: First Munro - Mount Keen

Postby gary » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:36 pm

Well done,you picked a fabulous day for it. Planning on doing Mount Keen myself soon,four and a half hours looks impressive to.
Good luck for Kilimanjaro aswell
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Re: First Munro - Mount Keen

Postby rocket-ron » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:49 pm

well done andy
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Re: First Munro - Mount Keen

Postby rambler » Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:16 pm

Well done on your first munro - hope Mayar and Dreish are as succcessful :D
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Re: First Munro - Mount Keen

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:38 pm

A fine first report on a very fine hill, this is one of my favourites as i did it in snow with clear blue skies. Good luck with Kilimanjaro, i'm sure it will be a great adventure for you :D
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