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East of Glen Shee
by Frigate » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:21 pm
Munros included on this walk: Cairn of Claise, Carn an Tuirc, Tolmount, Tom Buidhe
Date walked: 26/08/2012
Time taken: 5.5 hours
Distance: 18 km
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So a solo outing at short notice was the order of the day, heave the kit in the car and go.
Arrived at the roadside parking just in time to grab the last slot and off on the hill at 10.05.
As I climbed the boulder field at the summit of Carn an Tuirc I disturbed about a dozen hares which shot off in all directions. Walking on the stones was difficult enough let alone run across them, must be the four paw drive. Made the top in 1 hour 20 minutes, no wonder it was hot and not just from the sun.
I decided to walk to Tolmount first and went cross country trying not to loose too much height, it was reasonable enough going with the occasional group of peat hags and soft patches. Only later from the lower shoulder of Tolmount I saw that if I had taken the track towards the Cairn of Claise there was a small path that cut off from it. Oh well good for legs all that hoping about, made the top in 1 hour 5 minutes and had a quick lunch.
The path from Tolmount to Tom Buidhe was easy to follow with the inevitable streams and hags to cross.
Could see quite a few walkers on the various track on the moor as I walked to Tom Buidhe, which took 35 minutes. Good view down to Glen Doll after a wee walk to edge of the hill.
Set off on the last leg to Cairn of Claise following a reasonable path over Ca Whims but this faded in and out on the rising slopes and it was a case of following the old boundary fence posts. The ground was rocky in places and again at the summit there was a boulder field to negotiate to the cairn. Took 55 minutes to the top and had a stop for cake and juice.
The route home followed the ridge path towards Glas Moal around the head of Garbh choire and down the rounded ridge to Sron na Goaithe and a steep descent off the hill down to the roadside.
Total walk time five and a half hours, that was in good weather I would not fancy being up there in bad as reference points would be difficult to fix without GPS.
by Graeme D » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:40 am
by pigeon » Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:33 pm
by Frigate » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:56 pm
monty wrote:Nice group of four Frigate. Its pretty featureless up there so nice to be able to see where you are going.
Cheers Monty, I'm built for comfort not speed but I'll keep bashing them out ready for the big boys up North
by Frigate » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:08 pm
Graeme D wrote:Nice one Frigate. Some very familiar views there from my recent venture into that neck of the woods. No sign of the massive deer herd in Gharbh Choire was there?
Not a venison sausage in sight, could hear gunfire during the morning which was presumably someone giving the grouse lead poisoning. That has probably moved them on.
The top is reminiscent of Edale/Kinder Scout area moorland but luckily the peat hags are not as deep. They can be up 2m deep there but are dry bottomed, I remember that which ever direction you walked they always ran across your route.
by Frigate » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:13 pm
pigeon wrote:Well done Kev,a nice wee boost to the tally there
Looking for at least 50 this year but Florida is getting in the way, think I'll cancel it lol
by skuk007 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:40 pm