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Popping up Am Bathach & Ciste Dhubh

Popping up Am Bathach & Ciste Dhubh

Postby andrewdoggett » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:00 pm

Route description: Ciste Dhubh and Am Bathach, Cluanie

Munros included on this walk: Ciste Dhubh

Corbetts included on this walk: Am Bathach

Date walked: 30/03/2012

Time taken: 2.75 hours

Distance: 12.8 km

Ascent: 1103m

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I'm off; just gone 2 pm and I'm hurtling up to Kintail for the Walk Highlands Meet... The missus has just texted me from Tebay Services on the drive up and I'm thinking I can nip up the Corbett and Am Bathach and the Munro Ciste Dhubh and then meet them at the Cluanie Inn.

The weather's gorgeous; the roof is down; and I've a big smile on my face; this is all looking good. Near the start and some car I've overtaken starts flashing me; personally I didn't think it was that rude an overtake... Not too worry... Onwards... It's nearing 5 pm and I'm tight for time... I pull over in the layby just before the Cluanie Inn and change into my boots whilst said car pulls up... Here we go I think... But I'm greeted with big smiles from Bod and Valerie and we have a quick conversation... I think they think I'm just planning on the Corbett, but I've slightly bigger plans... :)

I hit the hill hard, and am fairly flying up Am Bathach... Monty done this hill in 3 hours 20 and I think that's beatable ;)

I pause only for pictures... The iPod is on and I'm breathing hard, the ascent isn't too steep but there's a lot of it... In not very long I'm looking down on the Cluanie Inn from high up and it's just gorgeous, Scotland at it's very best... Blue skies, no midges, and a weekend in the hills with my family to look forward to...

After Am Bathach there's a decent descent and reascent up Ciste Dhubh but I keep working... The legs are burning a little, but what's a little pain... Power through that I say to myself... The clag comes in which is annoying, but not too worry, I'm soon at the top... And that leaves 99!! Into double figures to go, this being hill number 184 for me...

I stop only for a summit picture and then head off down the hill and I'm back at the car in a total time of 2 hours 45 mins... A good warm up for the day ahead...

I've time for a pint at the Cluanie before Fanny Flap, the Monsters, and Aunt Meatball arrive... I'm excited to see them, and everyone looks on as the Monsters jump all over me in the middle of the pub... 'Hi Dad...' I love how they greet me, reminds me of how Whiskey, my woofer used to welcome me home... And I am home :)

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The start of the ascent...

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About halfway up Am Bathach and I can't resist turning round.. Gorgeous :)

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Looking down on the Cluanie Inn...

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THe South Glenshiel Ridge above Cluanie

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Higher up and the light is starting to soften :)

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The summit of Am Bathach comes into view...

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A similar shot of Am Bathach...

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Looking back along the ascent and Loch Cluanie; just gorgeous :)

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The summit of Am Bathach...

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Looking back at Am Bathach from just before I entered the clag on the slopes of Ciste Dhubh...

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And that's me on the summit of Ciste Dhubh; Munro Number 184; 99 to go :)

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Re: Popping up Am Bathach & Ciste Dhubh

Postby kevsbald » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:23 pm

Aunt meatball??? You're a charmer. I hope she doesn't read this. Good to meet you. You must like petrol stations with a 350!
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Re: Popping up Am Bathach & Ciste Dhubh

Postby dooterbang » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:06 pm

Thats the way to do it, nice one.

Cracking pair of hills these.

Monty aint as fast as he thinks :lol:
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