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In the shadow of the Black garrison

In the shadow of the Black garrison


Postby Collaciotach » Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:42 am

Munros included on this walk: Carn Mor Dearg

Date walked: 08/07/2012

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 1000m

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There is many choices in life and on Saturday i had a hatful of them ..gu dearbh ,Shinty or Coiseachd na Cnuic .... well i plumped for the shinty .

I like to think it was the fear of facing Colla, with caman in hand that put the buiseach on it and caused its postponement :wink:

Air Dis aithrne bha mi anns a' Ghearasdan comhla ris mo nighean ......... I also had my lassies to drop off in the Fort at midday to catch the Mallaig train, they were off to the island and Grannies for a week.

Its an ugly town "An Gearasdan Dhubh" and named after an ugly fella .........it has always been ugly and tis no wonder the MacIleathain and Camsron attempted to burnt it out so often :wink:

Uill Uill ..what to do in the Garrison on a Saturday afternoon eh ? .... Well i was on Beinn Neibhis on the weekend of the battenburg women's "celebration" and it was a fearful experience the tourist path with Mrs Colla and "an cu" on a lead ....hundreds fighting their way to the top in all manners of attire :shock:

So Allt a Mhuillin it was via Tórr Lunaidh to bag Carn Mor Dearg and the Arete without the Beinn


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An Gearrasdan Dubh / Fort William


Bha an latha sgothach suas ard .. the day was dry with mist and cloud drifting about the summits and intermittent clear periods

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Allt a Mhuillin


We made our way up the slighe until almost parallel with the spur path from the tourist route then we picked a route up a burn which took us up the side of CMD

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An "arete"


Bha robh e fada ...... not long till she was in sight the big red one

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Carn Mor Dearg


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Agus a ribhist le ceo


Agus bha sinn air a mhullach ann da uairean .... we were summited in 2.5hours :D

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Air a mhullach


As is the Gaidhealtachd want the mist and cloud was drifting in and around before long .. is tuil leam i
and we set off over the arete ... bha e boidheach :lol:

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Ceo air an arete


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Ceoach is clach


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An Bheinn


It is a nice airy place but not quite as scary as i thought it would be for the adrenalin rush i'll need to be back in Winter conditions :D

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Air cuil


We had a grand scramble the length of the arete however you ve probably guessed im no the most conventional ,there was no way i was going back on yonder Beinn in the Summer to mingle with the hordes from the Black Garrison path ..chan eil idir !

So we just returned to CMD lovely and quiet with no one around :wink:

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Dubh is Geal air an arete


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Dubh is Geal


As i said at the start she is an ugly place An Gearasdan Dubh but in "an duthaich shen" or the old country surrounding her there is a timeless quality if you avoid the mongol hordes :D

Cheerie a nis

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An Cu
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Re: In the shadow of the Black garrison

Postby Bruno » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:21 am

Another cracker, Colla. Your reports and photos are brilliant - love the phots of an Cu!
I love the Gaelic in the text - adds so much to the report
Cheers
Iain
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Re: In the shadow of the Black garrison

Postby mrssanta » Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:46 pm

he looks like a wild fella in that last picture!
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Re: In the shadow of the Black garrison

Postby monty » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:02 pm

Excellent atmospheric photos C. Lovely dog. :D
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Re: In the shadow of the Black garrison

Postby simon-b » Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:25 pm

monty wrote:Excellent atmospheric photos C. Lovely dog. :D


Yes, I agree with Monty.

An entertaining report, Collaciotach.

It's interesting to hear your opinion of An Gearasdan. Perhaps it's a blessing in disguise that most of the b and b's were full there last June, and I had to stay at Drochaid Aonachain instead.
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Re: In the shadow of the Black garrison

Postby pollyh33 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:02 am

Fantastic report C !!! And very timely too!!

I'm planning on CMD in 10 days time and like you I don't fancy heading back down the tourist track.

Smashing photos of the arete but as usual the photo of your wild dog is the best!!! :clap: :clap:
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Re: In the shadow of the Black garrison

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:04 am

simon-b wrote:
monty wrote:Excellent atmospheric photos C. Lovely dog. :D


Yes, I agree with Monty.

An entertaining report, Collaciotach.

It's interesting to hear your opinion of An Gearasdan. Perhaps it's a blessing in disguise that most of the b and b's were full there last June, and I had to stay at Drochaid Aonachain instead.


Moran Taing Simon ... Drochaid Aonachain is grand i have always found the Garrison an ugly place altho im biased as a History man ;D
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Re: In the shadow of the Black garrison

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:06 am

pollyh33 wrote:Fantastic report C !!! And very timely too!!

I'm planning on CMD in 10 days time and like you I don't fancy heading back down the tourist track.

Smashing photos of the arete but as usual the photo of your wild dog is the best!!! :clap: :clap:


I ll order you some good weather P :D ...
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Re: In the shadow of the Black garrison

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:08 am

Bruno wrote:Another cracker, Colla. Your reports and photos are brilliant - love the phots of an Cu!
I love the Gaelic in the text - adds so much to the report
Cheers
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Taing Iain .... Suas leis a Ghaidhlig :D
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Re: In the shadow of the Black garrison

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:08 am

monty wrote:Excellent atmospheric photos C. Lovely dog. :D


Cheers Monty
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Re: In the shadow of the Black garrison

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:09 am

mrssanta wrote:he looks like a wild fella in that last picture!


hes no half a wild bhoy Mrs but good company :D :D
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Re: In the shadow of the Black garrison

Postby 147cjl » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:02 pm

nice report Collaciotach, can't wait to do the arete too but have to admit my expression on some of it will be the same as the cu in the last picture! :shock:
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