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First Munro - Mount Keen
by 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
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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!
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.
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:
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!
by pollyh33 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:36 am
A smashing report on your first munro. Hope you always get such fantastic weather
by lomondwalkers » Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:33 pm
by ChrisW » Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:21 pm
by AndyGerrard » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:10 pm
by 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
Just had a read of the Walk report, thanks for the link! Sounds hilariously awful. Hopefully won't get AMS!
by gary » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:36 pm
Good luck for Kilimanjaro aswell
by rambler » Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:16 pm
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