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Fitness Test, Peat-HAG Hell, Gaiters a Must!

Fitness Test, Peat-HAG Hell, Gaiters a Must!


Postby The Rodmiester » Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:28 pm

Route description: Carn na Caim and A'Bhuidheanach Bheag, Drumochter

Munros included on this walk: A' Bhuidheanach Bheag, Carn na Caim

Date walked: 04/10/2012

Time taken: 4.75 hours

Distance: 21 km

Ascent: 971m

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Early start, left Lay-by 88 by 0715hrs, looks like another good day ahead, forecast good, dry,little wind and mountains clear of cloud or mist :D .With a light pack it was off up the land rover track, with the entry point being used by Balfour Beattie contractors, progressing the proposed pylon scheme :thumbdown:
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Entrance to track from A9, being usedby contractors
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Entrance to track from A9, being usedby contractors
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Track up hillside to now disused quarry
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Looking back from track to Dalwhinnie
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Ben Alder has a light covering of snow, these hills have none, only a slight ground frost with some of the smaller pools of water frozen over
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Passing through the old quarry area
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Just beyond the quarry the track forks, right to A' Bhuidheanach Bheag and left to Carn na Cairn. Today was to be a checkout for my fitness level, making good time, with the track to A' Bhuidheanach pretty good for walking swiftly
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Sunrise, yes it's going to be a fine day. The track heading for A' Bhuidheanach at 879m
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Good track with some undulations
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A' Bhuidheanach at 879m
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Heading South to the summit of first munro, some muddy sections
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Trig point at munro A' Bhuidheanach 936m in 1h45mins
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Peat-hags lie ahead in abundance. I am following (foggieclimber) advise and picking up this one time munro now demoted to a top, as I missed it out the last time I did these hills. This added top journey was quite a slog through a bit of a quagmire of peat-hags.
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On the journey to the top if you look west you can see Loch Garry
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The top of Glas Mheall Mor now only a top is flat and mossy. Reached in 2h15m
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Now the interesting bit begins, more really churned up peat-hags. I decided not to head straight for the track I had come, but to head NW and explore a bit. As you can see by my route map it made the return journey more interesting with three burn crossings
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In the distance Carn na Cairn, where I was headed
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One of the river crossings at Cama Choire
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Looking East down Cama Choire
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Herd of dear nearby on the slopes of Meall Odhar Mor
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Inquisitive?
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At the Cairn on the top of Carn an Cairn 3h45m, with Meall Chuaich in the distance (looking North East)
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Seeing I was fed up to the backteeth of peat-hags I decided there was only one way back to the car, yep I stuck to the track!
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Dalwhinnie Distillery, now there's a good way to finish. No stops for a brew but did have a chat with a couple of walkers when I was on my way down. Would suggest maybe leave these hills for a nice dry frosty morning, so that all the peat-hags are hardened, much less messy on the pants, even with gaiters they were some mess!
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