Carn na Caim,Then hame(nae tick)Life after stretch
by gammy leg walker » Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:31 pm
Munros included on this walk: Carn na Caim
Date walked: 04/12/2011
Time taken: 5.5 hours
Distance: 13.2 km
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Had been keeping in touch with "pollyh"on FB and asked her if she fancied tagging along(much better looking than stretch)Tomyboy also said he would join in the fun,so plans were laid & of we set heading for the "gorms".Just after Drumochter it started to snow and slowly became a "white out" and doubts had started to appear weather we would make or destination,this was soon answered when we managed to drive into a layby on the A9 without even knowing
This made our mind up Bnyack More would have to wait for another day,but where to now.1st shout was Ben Vrackie,but on the way there I had an even better idea.Why not Carn na Caim & A"Bhuideanach Beag,why these two I hear you ask.Well I have done them before & none of the others had,but even better I had always said to alan s I would come back and climb them in winter conditions with him,but he would then need to go back over Ben Cruachan with me which I have never done,so here was my chance to make sure I kept my part of the bargin
Anyway suited & booted and on our way for 8.45am Nice easy start following the landrover track,where you gain height fairly quick & easy with some nice views opening up over to the Mondhlaith hills The snow at this point was fairly thin in most places with the odd drift here & there but nothing to worry about.The wind was starting to blow a hoollie,but helping us from behind,and soon we were nearly on the bealach Once at the bealach I tried to capture some pics over to Ben Alder(not very good) & also back down to the A9 Once we reached the bealach,the snow started and gave us some "white out"conditions for a short while,but everybody was enjoying the test,with polly showing some nifty footwork when conditions allowed Fairly soon the summit was reached & a few pics taken
Not sure how cold the wind chill was,but we tried to drop into the lea for some food, where it became apparent to me at least that not much food would be eaten.Water reserve frozen,Rolls frozen rockhard,Bananas frozen enought to snap and battery in camera died with wind chill.Once I/we had eaten we made our way back to the bealach,where a show of hands resulted in us heading for home rather than heading for A"Bhuideanach,probably the right choice,with the snow drifts in some parts 5/6ft deep in places.
Once back at the car,a quick change was done,then a drive down to Pitlochry & the Moulin Inn for steak & chips for Alan & me,steak & ale pie for Pauline & French onion soup for Tommy before the drive back home & a warm bath.
Great time had by all and sundry,with a promise to meet back up soon for some more winter fun.
by kevsbald » Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:43 pm
by pigeon » Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:04 pm
by Alastair S » Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:06 pm
by pollyh33 » Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:07 pm
Alan, Tommy and I had a cracking day out in the snow all because of this self-less act by you - very much appreciated
Oh and cheers for the geography lesson too! xx
- Listen to what I'm telling you, it may come up in the Kintail Quiz!!!
by gammy leg walker » Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:12 pm
by pollyh33 » Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:29 pm
gammy leg walker wrote:Anagram...............Postman drops bag
Er how many letters???
by quoman » Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:20 am
wee were up these two hills just in front of you wee left the lay by at 8.30 done A'Bhuidheanach Bheag fisrt then on to Carn na Caim wee thought about turning back at the bealach as the dug wasnt liking it very much,still nice to get out though.
by Graeme D » Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:24 pm
by iainwatson » Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:27 pm
saturday was better roads wise but had a tough walk due to the snow further up the road at newtonmore,going over the three Monadhliath Munros
by Alan S » Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:19 pm
A good day had by all me thinks and topped off with a good pint in the moulin
Look forward to the next meet up
by ndhudson » Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:45 pm
by rocket-ron » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:02 pm
by pollyh33 » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:06 pm
rocket-ron wrote:Looks like polly is going to punch you in first photo.
Oh aye, Gammy was getting too close to my chocolate
by rocket-ron » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:08 pm