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The Final Countdown

The Final Countdown


Postby mountain thyme » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:52 pm

Route description: An Sgarsoch and Carn an Fhidhleir

Munros included on this walk: An Sgarsoch, Carn an Fhidhleir (Carn Ealar)

Date walked: 19/11/2011

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 42 km

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Having only 12 munros to go before I complete.. I thought I must post a trip report as some folk out there may question if I have climbed any!

Alarm went off at 4am on Sunday morning and I snoozed it a few times. Eventually got up at 420am and ready to leave Glasgow by 445am. The drive through Glenshee was spooky and at one point I had to drive at 10mph due to thick fog. I was wishing I hadn’t watched that horror movie on Friday night.

Set off from Linn of Dee carpark at 730am and was guided by the moon and my head torch along the track. First check of the map just across the white bridge where two tracks appear, keeping on the left track. Kept on the track and followed it past Bynack burn. I had two small river crossings and just before Geldie Lodge had to strip off to cross as it was knee deep.

Continued with the bike passed Geldie lodge until just in front of Scarsoch bheag where I abandoned the bike. Continued on the good track which took me down to the Allt Coire an t-Seillich where I crossed and slipped on a mossy rock and ended up soaking wet.

Headed west through thick boggy ground up to the summit of Carn an Fhidleir. Quite a slog.
Here it became very misty and couldn’t see a thing and followed a faint path which i wasnt sure was the right one. Pulled the GPS out to get a bearing and used this with my map and compass to get back on track.

The cloud lifted and I could see clearly An Sgarsoch. Picked up a path and headed straight up to the summit cairn of An Sgarsoch. Stopped for a quick bite to eat. Continued north from the summit and took the path around the Sgarsoch Bheag and back to my bike. Mostly down hill all the way. I had my ipod onall the time. Never walked with an ipod on before. But used it today as i was on my todd and knew it was a long day. Had to download some music for work purposes and I was laughing at the cheesy music I had on it ..step by step.. ‘theres a river and a bridge that ive to cross’.
Back to Geldie Lodge and this time straight across the river without stripping. Back along the track and met one guy out walking.. the first person I met that day. Back to the car and all in 7hours 50 minutes. Had to ring out my socks.. quick change and cuppa and back to glasgow.

19th november 2011 carn a fhid 002.jpg
the moon

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white bridge

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Bynack

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stripping time

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geldie lodge

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Carn an Fhidhleir

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An Sgarsoch
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Re: The Final Countdown

Postby doogz » Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:25 am

Good luck with remainder

Dunno if I'd do these two in November..... ESP with recent rainfall :shock:

So well done

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Re: The Final Countdown

Postby Jock McJock » Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:41 am

Hi MT,

Nice wee report :D . Hadn't seen you on here much lately. Getting close now. What you got lined up for your last one?
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Re: The Final Countdown

Postby Mountainlove » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:38 am

Great on you for having done so many ...I yet have to get up at 4 am :-)
When did you started the Munro bagging?
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Re: The Final Countdown

Postby kevsbald » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:59 am

How exciting - single figures left. That is a fine effort in manky conditions.
I too have listened to my tunes on occasion - it is funny how certain tunes come up at (in)opportune moments.
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Re: The Final Countdown

Postby soulminer » Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:11 am

Two good ones to get rid of :lol:
Hope the rest are with the benefit of less inclement weather :lol:
Are you willing to let us know where the countdown finalises :wink: ?
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Re: The Final Countdown

Postby pollyh33 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:53 pm

So well done Theresa. Nice to see what you look like at last- usually just the back of your head in other peoples' photos :lol: :lol:

Is the final push all carefully planned out??? :D
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Re: The Final Countdown

Postby Paula Hubens » Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:40 pm

Well done Mountain Thyme, enjoy the last 10!
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Re: The Final Countdown

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:49 pm

Wow miracles do happen, Mountain Thyme finally does a walk report and a good one at that :D So thats two Munros you've officially climbed so now you know how to do reports you better get more written up for the other 271 :D
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Re: The Final Countdown

Postby mountain thyme » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:51 pm

doogz wrote:Good luck with remainder

Dunno if I'd do these two in November..... ESP with recent rainfall :shock:

So well done

Doogz


I thought about the rain too.. but thought it was wise to get them out the way before the snow arrives... :)
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Re: The Final Countdown

Postby mountain thyme » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:52 pm

Jock McJock wrote:Hi MT,

Nice wee report :D . Hadn't seen you on here much lately. Getting close now. What you got lined up for your last one?



Hi Jock McJock Schehallion I think!!
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Re: The Final Countdown

Postby mountain thyme » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:55 pm

Mountainlove wrote:Great on you for having done so many ...I yet have to get up at 4 am :-)
When did you started the Munro bagging?


Starting Climbing the munros..in June 2009. So nearly 2 and a half years ago.

Well done on getting out at the weekend. the weather didnt look too good :)
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Re: The Final Countdown

Postby mountain thyme » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:56 pm

kevsbald wrote:How exciting - single figures left. That is a fine effort in manky conditions.
I too have listened to my tunes on occasion - it is funny how certain tunes come up at (in)opportune moments.


Cheers Kev... I never fancied listening to music when walking .. but quite enjoyed it that day!
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Re: The Final Countdown

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:57 pm

mountain thyme wrote:
Mountainlove wrote:Great on you for having done so many ...I yet have to get up at 4 am :-)
When did you started the Munro bagging?


Starting Climbing the munros..in June 2009 with MGMT! ..so nearly 2 and a half years ago.. but since hes completed hes abandoned me....after splitting the petrol costs etc for all his munros

Aye Munro baggings a ruthless game MT :D
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Re: The Final Countdown

Postby mountain thyme » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:01 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:Wow miracles do happen, Mountain Thyme finally does a walk report and a good one at that :D So thats two Munros you've officially climbed so now you know how to do reports you better get more written up for the other 271 :D



Took me until now to learn how to do it ..haha :)
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