Checking Out 170 & The Weight Loss Challenge
by andrewdoggett » Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:25 pm
Route description: Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Bhreac
Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chaorainn (Cairngorms), Beinn Bhreac
Date walked: 28/01/2012
Time taken: 7.25 hours
Distance: 29.4 km
Ascent: 1166mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
After Derry Lodge the route takes a right before crossing the river, and continues along a nice track through the woods with the mountains ahead of you appearing and disappearing from view...
A very small cairn marks the spot where it's time to leave the path and head for the hill... Not a great path it has to be said and I'm thankful the ground is all frozen over - I'm not sure I'd fancy this in the summer...
The ascent isn't steep at all though, so it's just a case of plod on up - the view to the hills looks good with the Caledonian Pines so I pause for a quick shot...
And not long after that I'm above the snow line
And I didn't particularly hang about on the ascent so a short while later and I'm on the lowly summit of Beinn Bhreac; is this the lowest of the Cairngorms? It must be close... Easy hill, especially given the start point...
I stick around at the summit for 20 minutes or so; it's been a long week at work, and I'm just enjoying the scenery...
I pop over to the lower top before heading on to Beinn a'Chaorainn; again the ground is fairly horrid and I'm thankful it's mostly frozen over; certainly not a hill for the summer... I make a bee line for the western ridge rather than the Walk Highlands Route which takes the Eastern Flank, but omits the subsidiary top of Beinn Bhreac.
I begin to wonder whether I can hoof it over to Ben Avon and do all four; but I talk myself out of it fairly quickly; I'm thinking not a good idea!!
Looking back the cloud is high but thin and it all gets a bit atmospheric... I like... And my fresh tracks
Other than that I just get on with it; it's not a big ascent; just a couple of hundred metres or so and it's over in no time...
At the summit there isn't a whisper of wind - how often can you say that in the Cairngorms... I loaf about for a full hour as the sun makes an appearance making the scene even more stunning. A casual spot of lunch; (chicken & fruit); wandering aimlessly around the summit; upload a couple of pictures to Facebook to annoy those is the city
So that marks 170 of these Munro things for me - the highest darts checkout - it's all a numbers game...
Eventually it's time to leave; it's a decent 15km hoof back and I've a two hour drive after that so time to get moving...
The iPod is new; I preferred the dog; but hey; it was nice having music along the way although difficult to make conversation with people, not that there was much need I only saw four people today; all day
The views on the descent were gorgeous; and the descent easy enough, certainly nothing technical or steep...
The walk down the Glen is long but pleasant with gorgeous scenery; though the best of it is behind you... So I stopped for photos a couple of times...
I liked this little bit through the trees, didn't last more than 10 metres but it felt like a cathederal
And all that leaves to cover off is the weight loss challenge; need to shed some weight for the Mullardoch Round so I've organised a full on competition at work in the name of charity; winner being the person who loses the largest % weight as measured against the baseline start weight.
Three weeks in and I'm in the lead shedding a total of 9.5 lbs - that's a few less bags of sugar to be hauling up the hill... We'll see where we get to come May - but need to be in better shape to give Monty another whipping
So ignoring the fact it was a nice day and I stayed at the summits for an hour and twenty minutes - a decent lick of speed for the walk with the 29.4 km coming in well under 6 hours of moving time...
by craigee » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:22 pm
I'm hurt to the core....
As you know I ventured out alone yesterday conquering the lowly heights of Ben Chonzie - Not a bad wee stroll, considering I was navigating all by myself for once - your expert guidance not required - or was it? It's about time I made my first posting on this wonderful forum board of Walk Highlands - so watch this space.
Well Done on reaching 170 partner and for the weight loss (Bulimic, I heard!)
by nathan79 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:52 pm
Better not be too bad in the summer, that's when i'm planning on re-visiting that area.
by starrynights » Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:44 pm
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by PeteR » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:39 pm
I was looking across at these two when I was walking and wondering what sort of a day they'd make. From your report and pictures it looks like a good one Well, as long as the sun was shining You've definitely put these two on the radar for me.
by dooterbang » Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:19 am
Great report again.
I wonder what dodgy sounds are on your ipod!!
by François » Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:07 pm