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Glenshee, lots of snow but no skis!?!

Glenshee, lots of snow but no skis!?!


Postby mband » Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:54 pm

Munros included on this walk: Cairn of Claise, Carn an Tuirc, Glas Maol

Date walked: 05/02/2012

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 19.1 km

Ascent: 704m

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I had often watched with a smug look on my face at walkers trudging up the side of the piests as the tows pulled me effortlessly to the top of Meal Odhar thinking I would never swap skis for crampons. But.... this Sunday was my first winter walk, I must definately have the bagging bug to have left my skis at home :lol:

The walk was the February walk for Perth and District Hillwalking Club and as usual we set off from Perth at 7 am. I had put my name down for the shorter walk from Glenshee over Carn an Turic and down to Auchallater but on a spur of the moment decision I decided to walk with the big boys and join the "challenging" group hoping to add 3 munros to my tally. My main concern was my fitness level and also that whilst I had crampons and an ice axe I had never actually used them before. But the bus dropped us off at the ski centre car park at 8.30 which was gradually filling up with skiers. Before I knew it the bus had left with those doing the shorter walk and I was comitted.


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We set off heading for Meal Odhar and I realised that there was quite a lot of fresh snow that was going to make the going tougher. At the top of Meal Odhar I put on my microspikes, although there wasn't a lot of ice I felt that they would give me a little more grip. A few seconds and they were on, I wasn't sure how I would manage to put on my crampons if needed with out a sofa to sit on! It was then up the side of Glas Maol, despite being at the back of the group I felt I wasn't holding them up too much. A quick photo stop at the cairn and then down towards Cairn of Claise stopping when we got out of the wind for a welcome cup of hot chocolate and a pork pie.

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Top of Glas Maol


This side of Glas Maol there seemed to be a lot more fresh snow, knee deep in places and I started to feel the going tougher as we headed up Cairn of Claise. It was at that point that I really felt I had made a mistake about going for the 3 in one go on my first winter walk. I found that half hour really tough and worried the whole way up Cairn of Claise about how I was going to manage a third hill. I was scarred that I would hold people up as the wind on the tops was biting and I didn't wnat anyone to get cold waiting for me. Luckly the was a couple of guys going at my pace and I didn't fall too far behind. I saw the group ahead waiting at a cairn but the cloud was down over the tops and I was sure that when I reached them that they would say that the top was "just a bit further". But, no to my genuine and pleasant surprise my 22nd munro was in the bag and we headed down towards Carn an Tuirc. My mood lifted as I realsied I had got to the top of the 2nd munro and the map looked as though the last wouldn't be so steep. I was right and I reached Carn an Tuirc for my third sumit of they day and all before lunch :D.

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Carn an Tuirc


We then headed down towards Lochcallater Lodge, agian I was at the back but a good chat on the way down kept the legs going. We stopped for lucnch half way down and a hare came lopping down the track towards us only turning off after getting quite close, I always love seeing them, they are always bigger than I expect. From Lochcallater I knew we had a long but easy walk out to the road.

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Glen Callater


We had had a great day with a little cloud on the tops but clear views of the sun on the lower hills.

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A lovely day for my first winter walk and, apart from a negative half hour doubting my abilites, one I really enjoyed. It was good to see the bus and get back to the Spital Hotel for a cup of tea. :D
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Re: Glenshee, lots of snow but no skis!?!

Postby mband » Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:00 pm

Thanks to the Perth Hillwalking Club for a great walk.....looking forward to the Loch Lochy weekend :D
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Re: Glenshee, lots of snow but no skis!?!

Postby quoman » Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:02 pm

excellent report
Yeh the first 30 mins are always the hardest then you get your second wind and away you go :lol:
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Re: Glenshee, lots of snow but no skis!?!

Postby basscadet » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:25 pm

:o
You went to the Spital and only had tea?.. shocking!

Well done though, must of been a hard walk.. and passed Callater - a place very dear to my heart. Thanks for putting this up :thumbup:
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