Today was a day of venturing into the unknown This was my first time experiencing the joys of munro bagging on back to back days and hostelling. I left home at 0645 and was booted up and ready for the off by 0845. The weather conditions were pretty ideal with an overcast sun and very little wind.
The first munro of the day Carn an Tuirc was probably the most enjoyable. I had the company of a fellow walker on this one which certainly took my mind off the ascent. I was surprised to find how quickly the weather conditions can change, even in June. I went from t-shirt and sunshine to waterproofs and hail in a matter of metres.
From here our paths parted. I with hindsight should have went on and added the additional two munros in the area. I thought it would have been to much for me, wrong!! The walk to Cairn of Claise was a panorama of surrounding hills and a feeling of being alone was felt. The summit was probably the most unspectacular to date. Really didnt feel i had bagged anything. Guess the high starting vantage point and no real loss of meterrage did'nt help matters. Nevertheless it had to be bagged!.
The Glas Maol was a barren landscape and was reached once again with little ascent. I took the opprtunity to break for lunch in the shelter at the summit. True to form, i started eating just as the rain came on. I spoke to a few fellow walkers and then i was off with number four in sight
The view to Craig Leacach was pretty grand. From a distance it looked like a ridge walk though once on it it didnt feel that way. Another boulder dash to the summit. The views once again were pretty special. From here i could see my planned route down through the bealach. I could also see the ski centre at Glenshee and though of the long trudge that would face me along the the road back to the car
As predicted the descent to the road was steep and a wee bit hairy. Once i got going though i was fine. Just tried to not look to far ahead The walk to the car must have been a bit three miles long. Matters werent helped my driving rain and cars driving to fast and close to me All in all though it was an enjoyable wee day. Looking forward to spending my night and Braemar hostel. Gonna head out for something to eat an a few well deserved beers.
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