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Glas Maol 2011 And a wee embarrassment.

Glas Maol 2011 And a wee embarrassment.


Postby JonAksel » Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:18 pm

Munros included on this walk: Glas Maol

Date walked: 16/08/2011

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 11.8 km

Ascent: 601m

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Reflections I.
I was on a visit in the slow town of Huntly and the weather was very nice.
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On the way back home, I spotted some nice mosaic, and the urge to get out in the wilderness awakened.
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I stopped at the big parking there at Glenshee ski resort, and checked the roadmap. I found out that there must be some Munro just 3 K away from the road. I didn't have my usual equipment, but decided to walk for a small trip just with some food in the small backpack. I smelled an easy Munro to bag and would find out which one it was afterwards. The problem was that the weather now had changed to rain. But I just followed the path up to the top of the ski-lift. Then I went slightly down to a wee bealach, and gambled to follow the Zig-Zag path up the hill. It was amazing how flat it was up there, and I didn't have the real summit feeling, and was not sure if it really was a Munro. After having doublechecked with some pictures here, I found out it must have been Glas Maol, since I recognized the trigonometric point.
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On the way back I was trying to get some rabbit pictures in the fog. I have never seen so many rabbits in my life, and they looked so fat in the fog. But they were not very willing to pose.
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Then I lost the consentration, the path and the direction. I think I was on the way southwards, maybe approaching another munro because the path started to ascend again. I was here:
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After maybe 45 minutes i decided to return to Glas Maol again so I could start over again and know my exact whereabouts. (Would this count as two climbs?) Second summit picture.
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That was easy to find again even the second time in the fog, and I tried to consentrate better to recall the path to walk down. The idea of ending up in a wrong glen, with a long taxi trip to find my own car was disturbing my mind. And still fog:
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Fortunately the fog now lifted a bit and I could recognize the big antenna on the other side of the road, I regained control and found back to the ski-centre again.
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The conclusion is that I strongly recommend map and compass even on short trips.
Reflections II:
I was having fun trying to reconstruct this trip on the map. As you see I was heading northeast from the summit of Glas Maol not south as I was thinking at that time, and I was pretty close to Cairn of Claise.
I am planning to do some kind of circuit in this area this summer. (2012).
It will have to be on a sunny day. And I will bring map and compass.
You can't trust those hares.

Well this is the description of the actual route.

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Reflections III
I have been to the same area two times in 2012.
I saw how everything was from Cairn of Claise.
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JonAksel
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