Training walk no. 4 for a charity challenge taking place in May/June of this year, visit our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/13in24 to find out more and, if you wish, sponsor us at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/13in24.
This for some was the second training walk of the weekend and we were taking it relatively easy for this one. (other walk report found here http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=19390). The original plan was to go for Beinn Lutharn Mhor and Carn Bhac from Inverey (in other words the walk highlands route found here http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/beinn-iutharn-mhor.shtml. Due to leaving a little bit late and the potential of running out of light and the weather being far from desirable we chickened out and decided to only do Carn Bhac and leave Mhor for another time. This munro has done its best to elude us!
We started the long walk in from Inverey and marched along at a steady pace. We didn't stop until we reached the ruin and fuelled up before tackling the climb. At this point there was glimmers of sunshine but there was a biting wind. For the guys that had been out on a 20km walk the day before the legs were feeling pretty heavy, the others had no excuse! Beinn Lutharn Mhor looked ferocious with a fair amount and cloud covering the top. This was the point we chickened out!
Anyway we ploughed up Carn Bhac and the summit was clear until we arrived at the top when the cloud quickly blew over to obscure our views. The wind was fairly strong up there so we discussed our route of descent and got down into shelter relatively quickly. Some choosing the quick and easy method of sliding down on waterproof trousers.
On the walk back to Inverey the sun came out and we saw numerous deer sheltered in the glen. Good day but a little disappointing we had to cut it short. Still all counts as training towards the challenge.
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