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A windy day on the plateau East of Drumochter
by Frigate » Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:18 am
Munros included on this walk: A' Bhuidheanach Bheag, Carn na Caim
Date walked: 30/09/2012
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 19.5 km
Ascent: 865mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
We had trained hard in Florida, driving even to cross the road, waiting in line for two minutes of speed rush and giddiness on all but two of Orlando's rides and coasters. Braving the menu of cocktails and not leaving until all had been sampled (even required a return bout at one establishment). The only real mountain climbing we attempted was the portion size at 'The Cheese Cake Factory', 'IHOP', 'Red Lobster', 'Hoolahans', 'Longhorns', 'Bahama Breeze'.......... I feel ill (again).
We followed the normal route, leaving the car in Lay-by 88 and crossing the Balfour Beatty work site and onto the hill.
We were late in starting and met several people on their way down who each cheered up with how windy the top was. It was pretty winding on the way up but with little scudding clouds and bright intervals, lovely day for a walk.
As we reached the plateau we found just how windy it was with wee Senga being buffeted about, having to hang on to my bag at one point and walk in my lee. A'Bhuidheanach first as that meant walking into the wind and being blown back, Senga's ears were suffering in the wind so put two hats on.
No fancy navigation or cross country walking, stick to the landrover track and paths all the way. Had a quick 5 minute lunch stop in the lee at the head of Coire Chuirn, made the top in 2 hours 15 minutes, quick photo turn round and back the way we came.
The holiday lethargy surfaced and combined with the energy sapping effect of the wind made for tired legs.
As we returned to the quarries I suggest that Senga either wait for me or take slow walk down, good job I'm not the sensitive type or I may have blushed.
So off we both went to Carn na Caim only stopping for juice, chocolate and jelly babies (holiday diet not quite abandoned yet). Reached the top in 1 hour 40 minutes, same as before quick photo and turn round.
During the walk I had kept a weather eye out to the west and having seen heavy showers sweep up Loch Ericht as we started the descent it was our turn.
Stop and dress up in the full kit and caboudle, buddy up and tuck everything in and pull all straps tight.
It was very cold and wet but luckily did not last too long but made the roadway slippy.
6 hours dead car to car, we did not realize how fast two short legged people had been walking no wonder we were both cream crackered. Oh well the Bothy bar would help to right that.
- Two hats Senga
by pigeon » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:14 pm
by rockhopper » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:32 pm
by Graeme D » Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:40 pm
by Frigate » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:12 pm
Thanks Rockhopper, I think we were very lucky until the last hour as across the A9 the hills were in/out of the clag all day, with heavy showers flying up loch Ericht.
Hi Graeme, I was up Tolmount/Tom Buidhe a few weeks ago as well, very similar in topography. Be it clag or snow loose your/horizon/reference and yes the thought process would accelerate to buttock clenching speed quite easily. Sometimes GPS just takes the edges off things.
by quoman » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:38 pm
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